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Emily Carr and Her Dogs: Flirt, Punk, and Loo
by Emily Carr
This delightful book combines 25 stories about dogs with 16 playful drawings by famous Canadian writer, artist, and animal lover Emily Carr. She tells of her joys and tribulations raising Old English sheepdogs, from her decision to start a kennel to the sad day when she had to close it. With each story Carr brings the affectionate and loyal nature of her canine companions ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 4th 2005 by Douglas & McIntyre
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While memoirs aren't usually my thing, I love how Emily Carr took one really interesting period in her life and explored that in some depth. Who would have thought that Emily Carr was also a dog breeder? Her writing was engaging and your really came to understand how strongly she felt about her dogs.
At 96 pages, this book charms without trying to be charming. The prose is beautiful, without unnecessary adornment, caring without being sentimental, and wise in its observations about life without preaching. I am always looking out for a 'sleeper'--a book relatively undiscovered and special-- that I can give my best friends, aged aunties, young moms, children, that is not trite or trendy or filled with the obvious. The sketches by the author reveal both depth of feeling and simplicity.
Emily Carr (December 13, 1871 – March 2, 1945) was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a post-impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until later in her life. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes ...moreMore about Emily Carr...