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Preview — A Big Little Life by Dean Koontz
A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
"In each little life we can see great truth and beauty,
and in each little life we glimpse the way of all things in the universe."
DEAN KOONTZ thought he had everything he needed. A successful novelist with more than twenty #1 New York Times bestsellers to his credit, Dean had forged a career out of industry and imagination. He had been married to his high school sweetheart...more
I am honored to have been given a glimpse of Trixie's being through her and Koontz' writing during the time they had together.
I thank Dean Koontz for the solace he's given u ...more
In his book, "Darkest Evening of the Year" (which I haven't read ...more
This is such a great memoir of an amazing Golden Retriever named Trixie! I have never read a Dean Koontz book before, mainly because he writes a genre that is not my cup of tea, but he is a laugh out loud author. There were SEVERAL parts of this book that I laughed to myself and read the story with a smile. I took my time with this book because I wanted to enjoy Trixie's life through her memory. She was indeed a VERY special dog.
I cried too. :( I had fallen ...more
Dean Koontz's attempt at nonfiction in A Big Little Life is a presumptuous and predictable love letter to his dog. Reading it was like being trapped at the office Christmas party by a co-worker whose kid made the little league all-star team over the summer.
But I found an escape. Just when I considered tossing the thing a third of the way through, I realized I actually wanted to see how the master of suspense would handle the death of his belo ...more
1. The author's ego. No one has ever worked so many hours in every day and every week for so many years. No one. He has to tell us that the hallway in his house is lined with all the editions of his books--more than 5000 total. He has to tell us, repeatedly, how generous he's been to the companion dog program he supports and yet ...more
A Big Little Life is the story of Trixie, Dean and Gerda Koontz's adopted service dog. Trixie is a golden retriever with so much intelligence, beauty, joy, and lov ...more
I am frequently frustrated by his wordiness. His tendency to exaggerate to make his point. My eyes generally get a great workout from rolling frequently. In spite of this, I love his books dearly. All of them.
Something I learned from this book was that all of my very favorite of his novels were written post-Trixie. Silly maybe, but this instantly made me love her.
Yes, its sappy. Yes, it is most definately a love letter to his dog. Koontz is a writer. He writes. ...more
Dean and Gerda Koontz never had children of their own. When they deci ...more
My mom was pretty excited to get it for Christmas, and about a week later she told me that I HAD to read it. I got didn’t get around to it til last week, but I have to say, it lived up to her enthusiasm. I enjoyed it a lot. Dean managed to ...more
Now, really, you're saying, the meaning of life?
Yes, that's exactly what I said.
A life well-lived and well-loved.
Dean Koontz tells this story with self-deprecating humor and a sense of spirituality and enduring joy in the memories of this remarkable dog. Well, she's s golden retriver so remarkable is their usual, but Trixie ...more
This book is the story of Koontz's and his wife, Gerda's, life with a remarkable golden retriever who, because of elbow surgery, could not be used as the CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) dog she was trained to be. It is ...more
As a fellow dog lover (and a huge fan) when I saw this book I knew I absolutely had to read it. I'm so glad I did. Koontz brings Trixie to life in a beautiful, moving way, and every page is saturated with the love he had for Trixie. Short Stuff, Golden Girl, Trixter - this dog was like a child to the Koontz famil ...more
What a wonderful book. Thank you Dean Koontz! As a volunteer for Aussie Rescue, an avid dog lover I am owned by two wonderful rescue Aussies and one who passed way too early, at age ten from cancer. Dogs are much more intelligent and intuitive than most think. My oldest, Sydney watches TV and will "fuss" when the actors are in danger, and even though we don't think she pays much attention to commercials, she will whine when we fast forward through them. Colby, my heart dog, who I lost, would st ...more
For those of you who have had dogs, this book will, at times, draw laughs from deep in your belly with stories of her perfect comedic tim ...more
God created animals for us. He gave us the job of caring for them. "I will always love you and carry you through troubled times ...more
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na ...more