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Travels with Casey

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  711 ratings  ·  170 reviews
New York Times bestseller
People Magazine "Pick of the Week"
USA Today "Hot Summer Author"

A moody Labrador and his insecure human take a funny, touching cross-country RV trip into the heart of America's relationship with dogs.

"I don't think my dog likes me very much,"New York Times Magazine writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis confesses at the beginning of his journey with his nine-
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Simon Schuster
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ury949 An older kid (like one who could read through a book this size on his own) could read this book - I remember there being sex and animal violence in…moreAn older kid (like one who could read through a book this size on his own) could read this book - I remember there being sex and animal violence in books I read in sixth grade (Beloved, Call of the Wild). There is so much education in this book, I would't say no if my kid wanted to read it. I wouldn't choose it to read to a first-grader.(less)

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Rose Ann
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
First of all, I love dog books! I was really looking forward to this book expecting a fun, uplifting story of author's travels. I was sad to say there was way too much in the book about animal cruelty. Some passages I had to skip so as not to have that image in my mind. I am not naive to think that cruel treatment doesn't exist but I hate reading about it and did not think this would be the type of book that would have this content. Also, author interjected his love life which would have been fi ...more
Steve R
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received this book as a Goodreads winner book. I bid on this book for a few reasons; being a dog lover, having a daughter named Casey, owning a travel trailer and enjoying camping (although we have not attempted with our animals). I was expecting a book that contained fun and uplifting dog stories along with sharing interesting views of our vast country through the eyes of a dog on a long road trip via a camper. As mentioned in some other reviews, there contains a on-going narrative (which is ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book operates on several different levels. On the one hand, it is a modern recreation (more or less) of Travels With Charlie: just a guy and his dog going off to see America. And then there's the places they go and the people they meet and I knew dogs were popular in the US, but I had no idea they were THAT popular. And then there's this whole inner journey of the author, with bits about his family, and his friends, and his relationship with his dog which is disappointing because he wanted a ...more
Nadine Jones
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I really like Denizet-Lewis's writing, and when I heard he was writing a dog book, I happily followed his Facebook page about it from the very start. Which means two things:
1. I had high expectations for this book.
2. I was already familiar with a lot of the stories.

I was destined for disappointment.

Firstly, the book doesn't know if it wants to be a personal memoir or a travelogue of the interesting dog people he meets. It bounces back and forth. I wanted it to just choose a side and stay there.

Bruce Christopher Carr
Travels with Casey, by Benoit Denizet-Lewis and due out in July, is well worth the time for anyone who has ever had a dog in their life. It is packed with reports from scholars, scientists, literary types and whack jobs, all of whom weigh in on this enduring bond. One can also be exceedingly grateful that Denizet-Lewis has done all the very hard work of research, study and wheels-on-the-ground investigation and interviews to create this heartfelt tribute to the wet-nosed ones all around us. Anot ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was a goodreads first reads winner of the book "Travels with Casey'Benoit Denizet- Lewis is a writer for the New York times. He decides to go on a roadtrip in a RV with his dog Casey, a laborador-golden retriever mix. He plans on spending the next few months traveling across the United states. he stays in certain areas and gets to know some of the people and their dogs. His plan is to interview people and learn about the relationships they have with their dogs. He visits dog parks,he meets peo ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
To be honest I didn’t care much for Benoit at the beginning of his book—too neurotic about his dog Casey. What won me over was when he rescued Rezzy. I think I began to like him maybe, when he began to like himself. His book is filled with interesting facts and trivia about dogs, some funny, some warm and fuzzy, some heart-wrenching. I was fascinated by the relationship American Indians have had with dogs over the years, one of my favorite parts of the book. I commend the author for his research ...more
Georgia hillstrom
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book through goodreads, firs reads giveaway. First off the front cover was delightful with Casey holding a post card, loved the pose of his feet, his loving eyes caught me, I was anxious to get into the book. We are introduced to Gold a psychoanalyst. I quite enjoyed their conversation and the bit about Freud. If you love dogs or don't, either way this book will grab pull in. Feeling good along with daily life and a little sadness, this book covers it all. I was emotionally touc ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
The author rents a motor home and takes off with his dog Casey on a road trip across the continental US and back, beginning in Massachusetts. Along the way they stop for just about anything dog related. This sounds like it should be a fun book to read and parts of it are, but too much of it is like listening in on someone else’s therapy session—not much fun, and not what I was hoping for. There is enough here that has something about dogs to keep it interesting, but I could have done with a lot ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was drawn to the happy looking yellow lab on the front cover, not unlike my own sweet girl. The book sounded like a travel adventure - who wouldn't love to be able to drive around with the puppies wherever whim and a few preplanned activities took you? It all sounded lovely to me and I jumped right in the book. It was a little bit of a slow start with the author talking about why he'd undertaken this journey and discussing a lot of hangups with his dog, his family, etc. Okay, ready for the tra ...more
Lindsay Underwood
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Blew through it. Super easy read filled with fun travels and tons of information. I loved reading all the cool stories about dogs. Did you know that George Washington once sent a lost pup back to his British commander owner? I DO NOW. That's right. These are the types of fun facts you can glean from this book. I'm giving it 4 stars only because the writing wasn't that awesome. There was a bit of traveling that jumped around a bit. Overall I LOVED.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-adult
I alternated between loving this book and wanting to throw it across the room. There were moments of clarity and insight that really rang true...and then it was followed by extreme navel-gazing by the author. A fun beach read...
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not terribly interesting or insightful.Far too much navel-gazing on the part of the author and his personal problems.
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Travel plus dogs. My perfect life.
Jackson Ca
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good book, some slow places but overall loved the different feelings you get from this book. From the streets of Chicago to the dog parks of New York. And loved Denizet's take on the first person look at his travels with real world experience. From talking about his romantic life, his time with a psychologist, the different people he met on his journey, Casey's feelings, the relationship with his parents, the Facebook updates, etc. Loved this book.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I only wish there were more stories that involved smaller dogs. I enjoyed reading about the rv'ing as well as the dogs. I appreciated how rounded the book is. Touched a lot of different areas of dog related problems. Learned quite a bit.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this! This book will take you on an emotional journey through the United States with man's best friend. It's worth the read.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
There was the premise, the thread, of a good book here. It started decently; but I just didn't care enough about the author or his story, and felt obligated more than interested to finish reading.
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dog, dog-read
Once I got a little more than halfway I meandered through this book. I think I didn't want my travels to end.

I agree with Randy. Someone should definitely start a website called… A site for lonely people to find the lonely stray dog of their dreams. Check off the boxes to find your match. What a great idea! Surprise, surprise!.
I checked it out and someone did! Wonderful!
Repeating the quote of Charles Baudelaire,"Take me with you, and out of our joint misery we will make a kin
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I must start with how excited I was when I heard about this book! I didn't get my hands on it until weeks after, so my expectations were sky high. I also want to state how much I love dog books! Anything to slightly do with a dog I will read and in most cases really enjoy, though this is true, I didn't find this book as amazing as I had hoped I would.

Travels with Casey is about a man who travels around America with his dog so they can bond and he can learn about how dog crazy America actually i
Randy M.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
Travels with Casey is a well written, thoughtfully researched book. However, it turned out to not quite be the book I was expecting. At the outset, the author states that he feels unfulfilled in his relationship with his dog, Casey, who he feels is not fond of him. To remedy this, the author has planned a cross-country road trip with Casey to find a deeper connection with him, and along the way "explore and celebrate the breadth of human-dog relationships in contemporary life".

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Travels with Casey; one immediately compares the title to the Travels with Charlie written by Steinbeck. And that's kind of the point. The author thought about that classic book and then decided to do his own spin on it. Take his dog on a trip around the country in an RV, but instead of learning about the people, he wanted to learn about the dogs of the country.

Denizet-Lewis never really felt connected to his dog. Sure he took care of Casey well, made sure he had everything he needed, but he alw
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, dog
This book was great I loved it. I learned a lot of interesting things about dogs that I didn't know before (and I know a lot about dogs already); I love how much research went into this book and how Benoit took care to weave the book with information, so it wasn't just a journal of his trip. As you may have gathered from other reviews, this book is not a collection of uplifting dog stories, but rather a recounting of the author's experience over four months traveling around the country, relating ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kayt

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt

Travels With Casey is a ride along story of the author Denizet-Lewis and his dog Casey’s journey across America in an RV. Mr. Denizet-Lewis thinks Casey doesn’t really like him. He is coming off an ended relationship and had just spent time in the office of a Manhattan psychoanalyst who specialized in our relationships with our pets. He sets out to write about the different relationships people in America have with their
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dogs
One of my favorite animal rescue organizations is Stray Rescue of St Louis. In late July, I wrote about the Dream at Dreamfund to benefit Stray Rescue which was set up by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, author of the book Travels with Casey. When Benoit's publishers at Simon and Schuster saw my tweets, they offered me a copy of the book.

Since I knew there would be no actual traveling for me this summer, I was delighted to take them up on their offer. I figured it would be fun to vicariously travel the US
Jolene Dretzka
The publishers sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was fantastic. Benoit Denizet-Lewis went the whole 9 yards & more when it cam to fulfilling his goal of traveling around the U.S. in a motor home with his dog meeting the dog-lovers of our country. I felt like I was a part of his journey & I didn't want it to end. Benoit has a way of writing that makes you feel like a close friend, like the two of you are siting down to a drink & a chat. There were
Deborah Replogle
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Superficially, this is the story of a gay man and his dog traveling around America, a la Steinbeck. But there is just so, so much more. The author explains the reason for spending 4 months in an RV traveling with his dog is to create a better bond with his dog of 8 years, Casey. And what he discovers, is some peace in his own soul. Along the way he investigates all kinds of dog related people and things, and what it's like to be a dog in America. Be warned: the sections describing dogs on the Re ...more
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't 100% sure I wanted to read Travels With Casey. Maybe I thought it would be too much about an author I didn't know and not enough about dogs. Whatever it was that made me hesitant was a moot point when I won a copy through Goodreads. That's part of the deal: if you win it, you read it.

What a nice surprise this book turned out to be! We're introduced to the author and his yellow lab Casey and their, at least in the author's mind, not perfectly healthy relationship. As the two of them trav
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
At various times touching, laugh-out-loud hilarious, and tear-jerking, this travelogue through doggy America kept me spellbound. I really enjoyed seeing how many ways dogs have been incorporated into American daily life, how many people make their living by them, and how they become an examination of our own humanity.

The writer has a real way with words. He's able to make his travels very intimate to his readers and very personal in how he examines his relationship with his poochy friends. I fou
Suzanne R
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Travels With Casey is one of the best books I have read. Benoit Denizet-Lewis had my heartstrings immersed in his adventures with his dog, Casey. Such a wonderful read for all dog lovers. I have taken small trips with my dogs, and have had some pretty amazing adventures, which made this book all the more incredible to me!

My dogs now live with my parents on their farm, since I'm in the city, and I must admit that I found myself relieved to know that I am not the only one who has wondered if my d
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Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a writer for The New York Times Magazine, where he has penned cover stories and features about identity, addiction, youth culture, sex and sexuality, sports, dogs, and music. His work has also appeared in Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Details, Slate, Out, and The Daily Beast, among others. He is an assistant professor of Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emers ...more
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