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Man, Woman, Fur, Feathers, Love
on January 19, 2014
Brian McGrory had it made, working his dream job as a columnist for the Boston Globe, walking the streets of Boston, and sharing life with his beloved retriever, Harry. But then his marriage fell apart and his dog grew old and died, Major changes took place, not always graciously accepted. Brian found new love with his dog's charming veterinarian, Pam. But that meant uprooting himself to the suburbs, trying to fit in to a new family, and most of all, learning to get along with his nemesis, a fluffy white rooster named Buddy.
Author Brian McGrory has written a charming, if slightly fluffy, memoir about this period of his life, and how he transitioned from a self-absorbed, Seinfeldian thirty-something, to a real family man, thanks in large part to the relentless badgering of the rooster. It's well written, but a little overdone. If there's any flaw to this story, I would say the author dragged it out too long. Too much introspection, too much self-absorbed whining. Still, it's enjoyable. If you're looking for a light-hearted but touching memoir packed with animals, feelings, and personal growth, you will probably love this one, and I recommend it. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.