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I'm Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales About Man's Best Friend from America's Favorite Humorists

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Critically acclaimed memoirist Wade Rouse has gathered some of America's best known humorists-authors, comedians, and actors-to offer biting commentary on what it means to share a life, and a heart, with a dog. From battling for bed space to trying to transform a pampered NYC pup into a Texas rawhide, and from helping a shelter rescue navigate through her new life to inter ...more
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Published February 20th 2012 by Tantor Media (first published September 6th 2011)
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Author Wade Rouse is billed on the cover of this book as a “critically acclaimed memoirist,” and I have to admit my ignorance because, not only had I never heard of Wade Rouse, I had also never heard of a “memoirist.” Guess I need to get out more! It’s all Relative, another book by Mr. Rouse, has a familiar ring to it, so I’m thinking that this was probably an author that I meant to read, maybe put on my to-read later list, or simply made a note to self to read, then didn’t get around to it.

When I saw that Goodreads was giving away a copy of Wade Rouse’s new book, I couldn’t hit the enter giveaway button fast enough. I knew he had a book about dogs coming out and though I really hadn’t planned on getting it because I’m more of a cat person, I figured if I get it for free, that’d be great because I love Rouse’s writing.

My squeal of delight at seeing I’d won the book quickly faded and became a “Whaaaa...?” because I didn’t read the description well enough (or at all) and didn’t reali
If you love dogs, you should read this book. If you're thinking of getting a dog, you should read this book. It will either confirm that a dog will be the best thing that ever happened to you, or send you screaming in the other direction. As the title suggests, this is a series of stories about different writers and their dogs. While they are very different in many ways, they all have the same theme: dogs give love unconditionally, and you will forgive a dog anything (including eating really exp ...more
Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
This is a Reading Good Books review.

* In compliance with FTC guidelines, it should be noted that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Imagine me saying this in a sing-song voice: “I looooove it!!!”

From the hilariously sweet foreword from Chelsea Handler’s dog, Chunk, to the very last essay, this anthology put a smile on my face at every page turn. This book has twenty essays from twenty different writers/dog owners. TWENTY tales that will definitely warm your heart, brigh
Kelly Hager
This is an anthology about the relationships between dogs and their people. There are a lot of great essays in here (as naturally there would be, when there are contributions by people like Jane Green, Sarah Pekkanen, W. Bruce Cameron and Jen Lancaster) and I would be hard-pressed to point to one and say, "That one wasn't good."

They were all sweet and most of them were funny. I'll also admit that almost every essay had at least one moment where I'd be like, "Yes. That's me."

The one that really m
If Jen Lancaster is talking about a book on her Facebook page, you know it has to be good, especially if she contributed to it. But wait it gets better. Among the other twenty contributors to this anthology include Sarah Pekkanen, Jenny Gardiner, Jane Green, Caprice Crane, and Allie Larkin…can we say Chick Lit Central? By the way hop on over and do check us out at http://chicklitcentraltheblog.blogspo...

Summary: An anthology of bark-out-loud original essays about dogs from some of today's most p
If you are looking for some warm and fuzzy dog stories to read to your kids or grandkids, you should turn to James Herriot’s excellent tales for their bedtime agenda. If, on the other hand, you want to read some funny and sometimes touching dog stories on an adult level, look no further than this anthology, I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship. Sometimes down-to-earth, and at other times, just plain earthy, you will no doubt enjoy these tales of dog verses master, reveling in the fact ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog owners
This was a very funny book about dog ownership. All the authors are funny, and give their stories about either dogs they own now, or dogs they've owned in the past. Some parts made me laugh out loud. More often than not, the dog is misbehaved. More often then not, the owners say they are going to be strict dog owners, and end up letting the dog run their life. Even though this is a funny collection, some stories are a bit sad, as they involve a dog being put down or rescuing a dog from an abusiv ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Joelle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pet lovers
Shelves: first-reads
I was very excited when I first learned about this book. I love many of the authors who contributed, however the book as a whole did not grab me. Each story was very touching, some made me laugh and a few brought tears to my eyes. It was very hard to get drawn in and not want to put the book down. I think for me a lot of it was that the book is a bunch of short stories and there is no flow to it. I would recommend this to any pet lover and will go back and read a few of the stories later when I ...more
like with all short story books for me, I end up liking some, and others not so much. Of course I picked this up because of the dog theme and love that Wade Rouse is donating proceeds to USHS. But I also picked it up because I love Wade Rouse and wanted to see what he'd do with this.

Here's hoping Wade is busy writing another memoir or book of his own - and if you haven't read his stuff - what are you waiting for?
Dragutin Vukovic
As advertised, stories in this collection are funny, humorous and heartwarming. Well, I don't find them such. With the exception of several, most of this stories are about characters who are self-centered, more or less neurotic, and being a dog owners. I am a dog owner myself to the double (add a cat to that), and if I know a thing about dog ownership is that you should treat your dogs with benevolence and kalmness.

Also as advertised, Wade Rouse has gathered some of America's best known humoris
So-so. As with a lot of anthologies, some essays were better than others. I found that I was forcing myself to try to read them all, so I gave up and just read bits and pieces.
An enjoyable read for dog owners. I think Cesar Millan should get some royalties because his name was dropped several times in this book. ;)
Teena in Toronto
I love dogs and reading stories about dogs!

This is a collection of 21 stories from dog owners about their life with their dogs. There was a foreword by Chelsea Handler's dog, Chunk, and the authors included Jen Lancaster, Rita Mae Brown, Laurie Notaro, Jane Green, Beth Harbison and W. Bruce Cameron (there is a bio on each at the end of the book).

Some of the stories were funny and entertaining ... some not so much (I wasn't enjoying their writing style).

All in all, it was a fun read.

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I am a dog person, through and through. I love dogs and truly believe that they are man's best friend. Obviously, this book was right up my alley. With essays composed by many famous humorists, all focusing on their dogs, this was something that I could easily relate to. All of the essays were great and each showed the important role that pets play in our lives. The essays cover a wide range of topics, from picking out your dog to having to put your dog to sleep. Some stories are funny and had m ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love dogs
I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. I have always had pets and can appreciate the love, laughter and sometimes frustration that come with these charming family members. This book has a funny collection of stories about dogs. Each one is humorous, although some are more poignant than others. There were so many instances that I totally connected with while reading this book. Even though I must admit that I'm more of a cat person, I laughed out loud many times (probably start ...more
Bridget Conroy
Usually I do not like the books that are filled with many short stories; however, this one was quite enjoyable. It could be that I'm obsessed with dogs and every story was about a different dog and their owner. Many of the authors that wrote short stories in this book were authors I already enjoyed so that helped to keep my interest as it let me see a different part of these authors and how they are in real life. I really enjoyed this book as it makes you feel like you are not the only one with ...more
Normally I am not a short-story or essay collection kind of reader. I can never get into a short story because right as I'm starting to like it, POOF it is over and done with. But when I read about Jane Green and Jen Lancaster contributing my ears perked up a bit. Beth Kendrick, Beth Harbison, Caprice Crane - have I died and gone to favorite author heaven?! Reading this made my heart swell and made me want to run out, buy a farm and adopt any and every dog I can find at the shelters. There were ...more
I think that anyone who was ever loved a dog will enjoy this book. I found something to relate to in every single story, and I had a blast reading this. Each story included some dog characteristic that was prevalent in either the three dogs I have lost in life, or the two dogs I currently have, and even the sad stories made me laugh. I think W. Bruce Cameron's story was my favorite though - the day in the life of a dog. I laughed throughout that entire chapter, because it is just so accurate and ...more
Karen Suglia
Great short stories about rescue dogs and their families. Especially enjoyable because of the perspectives of so many different authors.
This littel gem came recommended to me via Facebook, with the added incentive that 10% of the profits will be donated to the Humane Society of the United States by editor Wayne Rouse.
This is a collection of real life dog stories by an eclectic group of writers and humorists like Rita Mae Brown and Jane Green, Bob Smith and Chunk, Chelsea Handler's dog. Among these stories is the typical my-dog-was-a-wretch-but-I-loved-him/her-anyway genre, but some, like Rita Mae Brown's heart-wrenchingly elega
jv poore
I'm Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship is a must read for all dog lovers. Each tale is remarkably unique, although the common thread of unconditional love for "man's best friend" is clear. While the voices and dialects may change, the compassion and gratitude for these four-legged creatures remains steadfast. This book is packed with stories that are interesting, hilarious, familiar and sometimes, sweetly sad. I enjoyed every paragraph in the is book, enjoying many of my favorite writers ...more
Lots of good funny short stories by people who love and live with dogs.
Cute and fun easy read for any dog lover
Amanda Gilles
If you are a dog lover, have or had a dog, you will love this book, it makes me remember why even children with 4 legs are special! Stories hit right from home!
Angela Jones
What a fun and heart warming book. I love dogs more than I like people and this book fully explains why. I laughed and cried because it brought up so many memories of the distant past. It details with wit the joy and terror of getting a new dog. The stories fill your heart with sadness over the loss of a pet but also the happiness and unconditional love you get from your dog. To any one who has at any time loved a dog this book is a must read.
Niki LittleBird
Most of the stories are endearing and heart warming (although one of them I felt was written with the sole purpose of smiting and outing a cheating boyfriend in intractable published ink...he obviously deserved those jabs, but that story was somewhat painful to read and less focused on the dog). So far all the rest of the stories have been pretty good. I especially found the one about the bed sharing really very cute and it made me laugh.
I've read works by a few of the contributors and I'm a dog mom, so I grabbed this book when I saw it at my library. The stories are quick reads, entertaining, sometimes snarky good fun, with a few that had me teary-eyed. I kept flipping to the author bios at the back and I plan on reading some of their books. I am not a fan of Chelsey Handler but just maybe I can tolerate her dog Chunk.
I love dogs, but other than the entries by authors I am familiar with, I just couldn't get into these stories. I gave this two stars because I thoroughly enjoyed the entries by Jane Green and Jen Lancaster. I have never heard of the editor; had I been familiar with him, maybe I would have cared more about his story. I couldn't even get through the foreword by Chelsea Handler's dog.
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