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The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs

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Only The New Yorker could fetch such an unbelievable roster of talent on the subject of man’s best friend. This copious collection, beautifully illustrated in full color, features articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings from the magazine’s archives. The roster of contributors includes John Cheever, Susan Orlean, Roddy Doyle, Ian Frazier, ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Random House
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Kirsten
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Terri Naughton
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great coffee table book. Not all of the stories were really about dogs, though all featured dogs as a part of the plot. Great Thurber stories (and cartoons!).
Vj
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 600-699
If you're a dog lover, you'll find a lot of appealing stories in this book.
Kiki
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Some of the stories show their age through the language used but overall a decent collection of stories if you are a fan of the New Yorker.
Marilyn
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the story about the New York police dogs. The book is too big to read it all!
Marilyn
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, 2019
Loved. the. book. It is a complete testament to good writing about those delightful beings we call dogs.
Donna Hill
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ever since humans started throwing scraps to the adventurous wolves beyond the firelight, dogs have been inspiring us and drawing forth from us the full spectrum of our emotional capacity. From enjoyment, love and gratitude to exasperation, fear and cruelty, our reactions to our furry companions have been a mirror of our greatest virtues and our deepest shortcomings. If you're thinking of reading The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs in the hopes of finding one warm and fuzzy, tug-at-the-old-heartstri ...more
Donna Hill
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in dogs
Ever since humans started throwing scraps to the adventurous wolves beyond the firelight, dogs have been inspiring us and drawing forth from us the full spectrum of our emotional capacity. From enjoyment, love and gratitude to exasperation, fear and cruelty, our reactions to our furry companions have been a mirror of our greatest virtues and our deepest shortcomings. If you're thinking of reading The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs in the hopes of finding one warm and fuzzy, tug-at-the-old-heartstri ...more
Tom Schulte
Jun 15, 2013 rated it liked it
A beautiful book, as New Yorker would do. The introduction from Malcolm Gladwell, one of my favorite authors, decries the lack of space for dogs in the city full of dog lovers. He also has two dog stories in here, one being "Whath the Dog Saw". I am not one for fiction, which is most of what we have here, let a lone canine tales, but some stood out: A John Cheever story, the epistoltory one from James Thurber, and a Jeffrey Toobin one about Leonna Helmsley. Always great are the New Yorker cartoo ...more
Debbie
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love books and I love dogs - so I guess it's a no-brainer that I'm going to love a book about dogs. This was a gorgeous book filled with cartoons, stories (both fiction and non-fiction) and reproductions of New Yorker covers that featured dogs. The book was more non-fiction than fiction, which surprised me. But all of the stories were top-notch and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book.
Shazza Maddog
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
An enjoyable collection of cartoons, short stories and articles published by the New Yorker magazine. I believe the oldest item in the book is from the 1930's. There are short stories by James Thurber (and many of his cartoons), an article on Cesar Milan, articles from non-dog lovers, stories by people who adore dogs.

It's a very enjoyable collection.
Janet
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Sadly, I got bored reading this compilation of dog-related writings and stopped reading before I even got 25% of the way through. I skimmed the rest of the book and found very little of interest. This was sad to me because I LOVE dogs! And I love The New Yorker!
Abby
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A delightful compilation of the New Yorker's best dog-related prose, poetry, fiction, cartoons, and covers from 1925 to the present. A wonderful gift from my parents-in-law and a perfect, broad, and engaging discussion on American dogs.
Leslie
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm taking my time, jumping around with this book. Believe this is best way to enjoy fully the work of some of my favorite writers and illustrators on subject of man's best friend.

If you are fan of The New Yorker, I highly recommend My Years With Ross, by James Thurber.
Jessye
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
A collection of stories, poems, and cartoons all related to man's best friend. Like any collection, some are better than others and I learned some interesting tidbits about drug sniffing dogs and read a couple lousy short stories I could have skipped. Good for any dog lover.
Robin
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
great coffee table read if you are a dog lover. funny cartoons and anecdotes
Dan Ream
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection of both fiction and non-fiction, of which I had only read the one James Thurber story before.
Ritu Vincent
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I adore dogs, but unfortunately most of the pieces in this collection were somewhat boring. Sigh.
Janet
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Thought this was just a big ol' book of New Yorker cartoons. It's not; having a hard time reading through all these words. Still good stuff though.
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