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Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  978 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
A personal memoir by bestselling author and celebrity journalist Glenn Plaskin, KATIE is a moving story about a man who discovers the true meaning of family after adopting a cocker spaniel puppy. Through the magnetic personality of his mischievous dog, the author soon makes powerful connections with several of his down-the-hall neighbors in a high-rise located in the uniqu ...more
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Published September 8th 2010 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jun 02, 2016 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

2 stars.

This is a nonfiction memoir about a man and his runt of a dog and how this dog wiggled its way into the lives of other families on the same floor. It was a sweet story, but this book was just okay for me and even that seems generous. There were more things that bugged me more than things I liked. I won't delve into that because I never do for nonfiction autobiographies/memoirs. I feel if people want to get their story out there, than more power to them. Overall, this wasn't my kind of b
Nov 06, 2011 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit, I originally picked this book up because of the cute Cocker Spaniel on the cover and I have a lovely Cocker of my own :-) Also, I have quite a penchant for memoirs- especially dog oriented ones.

This book really made me laugh, smile, cry and constantly stop to blow my nose all at the same time. Most things don't make me do all of that. It really showcases the healing power that dogs have with people and how they bring the most unlikely of people together. I know my own dog has done
If you know me, you know I love all animals, and that I've been rescuing dogs, cats, and parrots for years. Despite that, I just couldn't get into this book. I couldn't relate to the neurotic author who started out afraid of dogs, and wasn't excited by the celebrity anecdotes. I much preferred "Homer's Odyssey" in the genre, "I'm a New Yorker who survived 9/11 with my special pet", although it's obvious YMMV because I'm the only person here who isn't in love with "Katie Up and Down the Hall".
Jayme(the ghost reader)
This book has been on my tbr list for awhile. I loved this book. I think I would have loved Katie. She brought the neighbors together and made them family. She enriched their lives and enriched her owner's life. I think I would have loved Pearl, his elderly neighbor. She took on the role of Glenn's grandmother and friend. My grandparents have passed away. This book reminded me of "Marley and Me". I found it to be heartwarming and I feel the author's life was changed. I cried when Katie died and ...more
Becky Schulman
Mar 06, 2011 Becky Schulman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should have thought this over before I read it. Is there a book about a beloved dog anywhere where the dog doesn't die? I sobbed for hours as I read how Katie died as it was identical to my experience wih Wally in June of 2009.
Alyce (At Home With Books)
I was drawn to Katie Up and Down the Hall for two reasons: the setting and the main character. The book is set in Battery Park City in New York City, and since I visited New York for the first time last summer I’ve been enjoying revisiting the city vicariously through this book. The main character is Katie, a Cocker Spaniel who belonged to the author (Glenn Plaskin), and united him in friendship with some special neighbors. (I say that she is the main character, and she is, but the book is not w ...more
Aug 30, 2011 D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While very much an animal lover, I hate the genre of pet memoirs. They all seem to be about some incredibly remarkable animal and we all know how they're going to end--I just don't need or want to read that. But "Katie Up and Down the Hall" was different for me; it was relatable.

As someone who had grown up with cocker spaniels--the last of which who had to be euthanized a few months prior to my finding this book--I found in it a sense of consolation. To find a book about a cocker spaniel AND to
Caitlyn B
Nov 21, 2014 Caitlyn B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie Up and Down the Hall by Glenn Plaskin is a memoir and an emotional story about a dog, whose mission is to bring people together. Glenn Plaskin, a writer for a newspaper, has been wanting a dog for his entire life, but for every time he tries to get one, life gets in the way. After many years of living in Battery Park City everything finally works out in the way he wants and he gets a dog. A young, cocker spaniel named Katie. Through Katie Glenn meets all kinds of interesting people, like t ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book...tear jerker.
Jul 17, 2014 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It is totally a break away from my usual books, but who doesn't love a sweet story about a man and his dog? What I loved is the relationships that were built due to Katie, and how several people in an apartment building became like family. Plaskin really tells his story well, and I felt like I knew Katie, Pearl, Glenn, John, and Ryan. Yes, there were times I balled, but this was not a "sad" story. It really is uplifting, though it does have upsetting moments.
Oct 23, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glenn Paskin told a great story about his dog. I thought the book was going to be similar to Marley and Me by John Grogan but it wasn't. This story was about the power of a dog to bring people together, how relationships grow, and how people and animals can change our lives. I am not a "dog person" but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Several times it brought me to tears. Glenn did a great job of bringing his family and friends to live.
Janet Boyanton
Oct 06, 2010 Janet Boyanton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It will make you smile, laugh, and occasionally cry. It was a great story about the bond between a man and his dog. But it was more than just a standard cute dog story. It is a saga about neighbors and how we should connect. Katie brings neighbors together to form her little family. It is a touching story of friendship, both human and canine. I recieved this book free through Goodreads First Reads.
Jan 12, 2011 Teechbiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glenn Plaskin writes about his dog Katie and how she unites a group of neighbors in an apartment building of people truly become family. The story takes you through Katie's life with meeting the rich and famous and a everyone in between. The story is much more than the life of Katie and includes the people she becomes close to and puts a smile on their faces

I have a cocker myself so I could relate.
Stacey Lucky
I had no idea how much I would be crying by the end of this book. I lost my grandma last january and we were extremely close so the loss of Pearl and Katie just sent all the feelings back up..I knew what Glenn was going through..and felt his pain. I had a hard time getting into the book in the beginning but in the end I really loved it and I admit I wanted it to be over so I could stop crying!! lol

Sep 15, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
I dare you to read this and not cry by the end...if you do not cry you probably do not have a human soul. A very sweet story about how one dog set in motion events that made complete strangers a family. With everything going on right now it felt especially sweet and I cried like a big, fat baby. No offense, Levi.
I wish I could give this book a glowing review; sadly, I found it just okay and without much literary value. Sure, it's a nice story of how owning a dog changed one man's life and affected others. But to me, that's about it. I stopped reading halfway through. I found it to be a little too precious.
Dec 08, 2011 L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Animal lovers will really enjoy this one. Single man with his dog and how this dog brought this New York Apartment Floor together. She was truly a "social" gal. Lots of laughter and some tears. Enjoyable, worthwhile, quick read. Happy reading...

Jun 20, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had heard about this book from a magazine I had been reading and was very interested in what it was about.

It made me cry!

This book truly shows how deep man's best friend connection is with an animal and how they are there for you no matter what.
Franci Neill
Nov 30, 2013 Franci Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seeing as I love my sweet dog as much as this author loved Katie, I absolutely loved this book. I cried, I laughed and just had a good time reading the whole story. If you're a dog lover or just an animal lover in general, read this book.
I love dogs. I love dogs so much I've been known to say, I'd get a dog instead of getting married. While I still stand by my whole, "I think I'd have a better chance of a fulfilling relationship with a dog than with a spouse" statement, I don't think it's healthy for a human or a dog for a person to have no discipline for a dog.

ex: it's not ok to have your older than a puppy dog jump up on the table and eat your dinner guest's food while said dinner guest is sitting at the table trying to eat h
Cindy White
May 29, 2012 Cindy White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an great book. It was bringing out every emotion in me. Laughter, tears, love ... It was one of my most favorite books I have ever read.
Chris M
Dec 23, 2015 Chris M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf-dogs, biography
I picked up this book because I thought it was a chronicle of the life of a dog. Not only that but my first dog was as cocker (not Katie) and one of my current dogs (not a cocker) is named Katie. It was more of a memoir of the author's life albeit one in which the dog played a pivotal role. It wasn't particularly poorly written; I just didn't really care about the celebrity interviews, endless partying or life in NYC in general and the gratuitous name-dropping was a but much. I did love the dog ...more
Angel **Book Junkie**
Okay well I am posting after reading this book and I have to tell you that I found this story lacking on a lot of levels. I do not mind the doting owner but what I do mind is that he just dropped a lot of names and I just did not connect from him. I did feel that the story was more about the other characters then anything else and I feel that Katie was left out of the story. Wasn't it her book? I also felt that Glenn's story was needed in order to understand other parts of the book. I am just no ...more
Dec 30, 2010 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to be Katie!
 Gigi Ann
Sep 20, 2015 Gigi Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this book September 24, 2010.

Katie is about a cocker spaniel and the family she forms around herself in an apartment building in Battery Park City. For those of you not familiar with New York City neighborhoods, Battery Park City is a community on the southwestern tip of Manhatten. It was formed from the soil and rocks excavated when the World Trade Center was built.
The book opens with a description of Battery Park City and how the author, Glenn Paskin, ended up moving there a
Nov 21, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Nothing like a sweet dog book to be a distraction from the onset of winter. Plaskin was a lonely journalist when a friend suggested he ought to have a dog to keep him company. After a failed attempt at pet parenting with a pet store pug puppy, the friend convinced him to think about a Cocker Spaniel like his own. Thus Katie entered Plaskin's life, and from there he met Pearl and Arthur, an elderly couple who lived on the same floor in their Battery Park apartment building in New York City. Pearl ...more
This is a book about the power of puppy love and puppy power at its finest. Author Glenn Plaskin buys a golden Cocker Spaniel puppy considered the ugly duckling and runt of the litter. Through the book she turns into a beautiful swan fueled by a loving and generous heart and people around here.

Katie and Plaskin have elderly neighbors who also had a Cocker. They are more than willing to take on "babysitting duties" for Katie while Plaskin plies his trade as a celebrity journalist. Eventually, Kat
From my book review blog Rundpinne...[return]...Sometimes I want to sit down and read a sweet book that makes me laugh, cry, and smile just for having read the book. I found such a book in the delightfully charming and heart-warming novel Katie Up and Down the Hall by Glenn Plaskin. Katie, a gorgeous cocker spaniel, not only works her way into the heart of author Glenn Plaskin, but also into the lives of inhabitants of a Battery Park High Rise where Katie and Glenn reside. Plaskin writes beautif ...more
Nov 22, 2010 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you an animal lover? More specifically, do you love dogs? If you answered yes to either or both of these questions then you will want to read this fantastic new memoir. Glenn Plaskin has been a dog lover his whole life and despite his (and his grandfather’s) most eager attempts to secure one early in life, he fails. As a child his mother couldn’t bring herself to allow another “child” into the home that needed to be cared for in addition to her already booming family. So, after waiting and s ...more
Deb Mj
Oct 01, 2013 Deb Mj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm always on the lookout for a pet story that approaches the Marley and Me scale for being laugh-out-loud funny, sweet, heartbreaking, and just enjoyable on so many levels. This book doesn't come close. The most interesting part of the book is the setting. We always visit Battery Park City when we head to Manhattan as our son works at 2 WTC.

For some reason, I couldn't connect with any of these characters. I felt nothing. Sure, I sobbed like a baby when the inevitable happened, but that's par f
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Veteran journalist and celebrity interviewer Glenn Plaskin is the bestselling author of Horowitz: The Biography of Vladimir Horowitz and Turning Point: Pivotal Moments in the Lives of America’s Celebrities. His profiles and columns have appeared in the New York Times, the Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Family Circle, US Weekly, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopo ...more
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