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3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  128 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Single, childless, J.T. Rosen, a poet and college professor who has failed to live up to her early promise has constructed a careful, orderly life around her work and the little house she has lived in alone for many years. Long ago, after a tumultuous youth filled with the "Sturm und Drang" of boys and men, she gave up on the possibility of love; she has begun by now, in t ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published March 22nd 2005 by MacAdam/Cage Publishing (first published 2005)
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Emily Patterson-Blight
Dog unfolds with such openness, such simplicity, such foursquare tenderness. And yet, this small miracle of a novel is steeped in its protagonist's rich and nuanced observations of self, loneliness, companionship. The concluding, miniature meditation on goodness and happenstance roots this brief but wise novel in the heart's memory.
Willa
This is a cute little story about a single woman named Jill facing the end of her child-bearing years who ends up adopting a dog. While there are aspects that I don't think set a good example for dog ownership - she doesn't think about what's involved in caring for a dog before adopting him, she doesn't properly lead-train him, she doesn't socialize him, she doesn't play with him - there are other aspects that make me happy - she's very conscientious about his house-breaking and his daily walks, ...more
Michelle
Despite the title, the book is not really focused on a dog. Rather it is about a middle aged, single college English professor who is looking for some way to reconnect with the world. While surfing for adoptions, she comes across a dog rescue. As she learns to take care of her puppy, she begins to reflect on her life and relationships and starts to develop a bond with him and grows to depend on his unwavering love and devotion. She realizes the emptiness in her life and inches towards change. Wh ...more
Erin
I read this for a book discussion group that reads books about animals; however, this one ended up focusing more on the main character. I kept waiting for the moment - predictable, yet engaging - when the dog starts to make the main character's strictly confined life a little larger and more generous, but it never arrived. Instead, she drinks wine, mulls over past boyfriends, and dwells some more on past boyfriends. She arranges her life with the dog in such a manner that she continues to minimi ...more
Jodi
**WARNING: SPOILER**

This was a light and fun book about a middle-aged woman getting a puppy completely on the spur of the moment, having never owned a dog before. If you read it superficially, it's a mostly funny, sometimes sad book. However, there's a deeper level because there are many parallels between her journey in life and that of the dog. As she becomes more attached to the dog - Phillip - she gains insight into herself and the reasons she may have problems with both friendships and roma
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Deschka
" The dog, the dog , the dog-the dog had taken over her life.
But this was not necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps she had needed to have her life taken over.
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How can you not be pulled in and want to read on after those first sentences? Anyone who has ever been owned by a dog, or has taken care of another being understands how being responsible for a living creature can take over everything and alter your life. And consequently we relate to these thoughts and wonder how the protagonist will han
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Jean Cable
Too sad about her life, except for the addition of Phil
Julia
From a literary standpoint, some lines were very beautifully written. The story line threw me a little. I thought it would be more about the dog. The book is more about a semi-reclusive poetry professor who quite accidentally takes adopts a puppy (I believe she googled "adoption" with the idea of looking at adopting a child). She basically does so many things wrong with raising her puppy that it's surprising that the dog turns out as well as he does. Overall I found the book quite frustrating, a ...more
Lara
Dig this:
"Stars were strewn across it (the night sky) as if they'd just been shaken and cast and any minute now the way they'd landed would be read aloud to her in a hushed, thrilling voice."

I really love that.

And I loved the way she describes the transformative power of a dog in the house. As a person who has recently become a first-time dog owner, I found myself nodding along with the narrartive. I also could relate, many of us academic-type ladies might, to how utterly she lives in her own
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Fred Kohn
This was a delightful little book. I could only give it three stars because I could not relate to the main character very well. I think it would be a very good book for a woman to read, especially a middle aged single woman, to read. There wasn't a whole lot of action; the book was more psychological. This is the kind of book I enjoy; it gives more opportunity for character development.
Stephanie A.
Despite what other reviews say, my expectations were exceeded when I picked this up in the general fiction section and found it actually focusing on a woman acquiring a puppy. Heavens! There's also a lot of introspection and no truly discernible point or plot, but it's cozy. I feel like I'll appreciate it more when I'm actually the age of the 45-year-old main character, though.
Laura
While the picture on the cover makes you want to take it home, it's the story that makes this book stick with you. I'm not sure that Jill is meant to be a likable character, but how you not like someone who's taken in Philip? It's a great story...one that makes you feel lonely, but that makes you enjoy the loneliness, and appreciate your dog.
Az
fun, though i would've liked to have it be more about the dog. there's probably a lot more here than i'm willing to discuss, about women and aging and expectations. it was nice to have more of a loner-ish character who wasn't insane. but the discussions of past lovers and things was really lost of me. maybe i just wasn't in the right mood.
Anika
I chose this book off the shelf because of the photograph on the cover and it turned out to be an auspicious choice! I loved this book from poet-turned-novelist Michelle Herman. It is the story of a sad English professor and the turn her life takes with the introduction of Phil the dog. Bizarre and beautiful.
Brett Newmyer
It was pretty cute, but not especially deep, which you should expect going in. I was a little turned off by the supporting cast being so minimal. That was of course to put emphasis on her relationship with her dog, but it still bothered me. Fun little book, but there are better dog books out there
Kris
Dog is the story of a lonely, single, middle aged college professor who adopts a puppy. She is so anti-social that she decides to walk the dog at midnight to avoid chats with other dog walkers. She finds the company of the dog to be enough to satisfy her. Written by an OSU professor.
Kellie
I was disappointed. This wasn't about the dog, it was barely about her relationship with the dog, it was all about her.

I found this to be tedious, a chore to read. Honestly, I did not like the writing style at all. It was like reading one long run-on sentence.
Maggie
Technically a 3.5-star rating.
Very sweet and much more well-written than Marley & Me, although not much happens at all, beyond the getting-of-the-dog, which has technically already happened when the book begins.
Heidi
Quiet story of a woman coming to understand her own loneliness. The main character’s run with Phil the dog down an empty neighborhood street will linger with you.
Sue
I thought this story would be better. Jill, from NY, lives alone in Iowa. she is a poetry prof, middle-aged. She adopts a dog. Walks him in the middle of the night.
Laura Hall
This was a wandering train of thought book that goes absolutely nowhere and irritated me because it was just like being back in college examining literature.
Judith
Jul 28, 2007 Judith added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any single person
quiet and reflective - I think the author was a bit hard on the dog rescue fellow, but she portrays how a dog can make a life a bit more worth living.
Aharon
So it's about a woman who adopts a dog. So? Sudenly I can't like a book that's about that?
Read this book and you too will become defensive.
Julie
I loved this charmingly simple story of a college professor/poet, her new dog, and what he brings to her life.
Sarah
It was nice and short. The main character did not capture my affection at all, but the dog was sweet.
Susie
an innocuous novella about a neurotic woman and the unlikely puppy who humanizes her. simple, sweet.
Joni
I read this sweet little novel right after I lost my belovd Jack.
Bachyboy
Now I am a big dog fan but I couldn't see the point of this book.
May
very cute and inspiring to accept change in any way shape or form :)
Sarah Brown
Sep 24, 2008 Sarah Brown rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: single women
Shelves: novels
This book was truly awesome-I would recommend to any single girl!
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Look for Michelle Herman‘s newest book, Like A Song, on shelves (and electronica) March 9, 2015. Also forthcoming: the "guide to life" she wrote by request for her (then eight-year-old) daughter, Grace, who has turned out very well (the book does not, however, come with a guarantee).

While you wait for A Girl's Guide to Life and Like A Song, there are two collections of essays you can read (Like A
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