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Stanley and Sophie

2.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
"I fell in love with a prideful, tense bundle of muscle and sinew that stood seventeen inches high. You would see a small brown dog; I saw perfection."

So begins the story of Kate Jennings's unexpected love affair with two border terriers, first Stanley, then, a few years later, Sophie. A fiercely intelligent writer, an astute observer of people and her surroundings, a re
ebook, 192 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Scribner (first published January 1st 2008)
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Aug 11, 2009 Hannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
This book was infused with unnecessary anecdotage and the author's smug and superfluous ravings about how wonderful her two dogs were - despite the fact she gives them away at the drop of a hat (and we were expected to mourn with her?). Had Jennings been even slightly more down to earth about her two strays, I may have empathised with her on some counts, however she clearly used her standing in the literary world as a selfish excuse to wax idiotic about animals which were only a part of her life ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zz2012-read
This wasn't at all what I expected. Maybe I'm just not a memoir kind of person but I was after a happy story about the life of the author with her two dogs. Instead I got a story about a person who couldn't cope with her two pets and gave them away on a whim so she could go travelling around the world instead.

All I kept thinking through the whole book was 'Stop complaining about giving the dogs away. You shouldn't have done it in the first place!'

Plus another thought constanly kept coming to mi
Jul 18, 2013 Kirsti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ouch. Well, I've spent $30 on worse things, even if I can't think of any right this moment. Firstly, let me explain why I bought this book. I was in a town we visit maybe twice a year, and I always go to the book store there. I was taken aback by the price, and put this one back on the shelf twice. In the end, I knew I would regret not buying this book because I hadn't seen it before, plus the dog on the front was cute. And the quote on the front seemed to drag me in 'How on earth did this happe ...more
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Nov 15, 2008 Nancy (essayist) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I picked this up because I'm a Border Terrier owner and they're still relatively uncommon where I live. The author is an Australian who lives in NYC and got first one and then another Border after the death of her husband.

I don't think this book would ever have been published if the author wasn't already published and working with an agent. Although some of her insights are interesting and she draws from a wide array of sources, the book seems sort of hobbled together. And, weirdly, I didn't fe
Sep 24, 2008 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers
This book was about life with two border terriers in a city environment. I enjoyed the book because I could relate in so many ways, all the walks, two dogs constantly harassing each other, etc. I loved all the quotations she included from other authors and dog lovers.

I didn't understand where the middle section fit in with the beginning or the end, but it was still interesting.
Oct 28, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this would be a great read and am disappointed that it wasn't. Jennings finds new homes for her dogs, Stanley and Sophie - this is the story of how both dogs and author readjust
Gevon Taylor
Dec 20, 2009 Gevon Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned that you don't necessarily have to find love in a person; it can come from the place you least expect it- your two best friends.
Elisa Kay
What a wonderful book! A quick and easy read which tells of the love of a lady for her dogs. A love that saw the ultimate sacrifice.
Mar 07, 2011 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I selected this book because of the Border connection. I discovered it was more like Eat, Love, Pray.
May 09, 2011 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not at all what I expected. It was almost a Eat, Pray, Love wannabe but with some very disturbing parts.
Oct 31, 2010 Spinster rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I could never give up my pets as she did. It may be the best decision for them but I just couldnt do it.
Saturday's Child
I am still not convinced that the life of a "city dog" living in an apartment is a very happy one.
Jun 04, 2012 Velora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
loved the dogs, felt a connection with them...the author, not so much.
Oct 01, 2008 Kelley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected...SPOILER ALERT...she gives one of the dogs away, tough to read, weeper. Very self-absorbed writer, but the dogs are incredible, as all dogs are.
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