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Travels with Casey

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  364 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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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-
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Hardcover, 341 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Simon & Schuster
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Rose Ann
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
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
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
Jen
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
Nancy
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
Jim
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
Lori
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
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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
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Denis Vukosav
'Travels With Casey' written by Benoit Denizet-Lewis brings the story about a journey of a man and his dog, after which issue of human-dog relation would be much more clear for reader to understand, but also some tips would be learned how to best treat these beautiful animals.

The author who wrote for New York Times Magazine, embarked on the journey with his dog Casey - nine-year old Labrador - in a rented RV across the United States. Denziet-Lewis is a bit afraid that his animal companion is not
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Rosee

Denziet-Lewis, a writer for New York Times Magazine. sets out with his dog, a nine-year old lab mix named Casey in a motor home to tour the United States. Denziet-Lewis is afraid his dog doesn’t like him very much, but he’ll have plenty of time to find out as the duo travels 1,300 miles in 4 months, visiting 32 states. Along the way the two meet many dogs and their human companions, among them wolf hybrids, a dog rescuer and a pet psychic. They pick up people hitchhiking with their dogs and get
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Bobby
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
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Donna
I was still loving on Dogtripping, and Denizet-Lewis was, in my irritated mood at the time, shaping up to be the equivalent of George Will talking about baseball -- a little highfalutin. Dogtripping was just about the DOGS -- saving their lives and then getting them across the country. Travels With Casey is about our relationship to dogs, and his relationship to Casey. Perhaps it was a little too close to home -- he laments to a psychiatrist that Casey doesn't seem to like him much. I have somet ...more
Melissa
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
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Jacqueline Boyster
I was a First Reads winner for Travels with Casey, and I have to say, I am not dissapointed. In Travels With Casey, Benoit Denizet-Lewis has attempted what most would consider a vacation of a lifetime; traveling across the united states with his dog. Of course this is all in preparation to write a book on Americas love affair with 'mans best friend'. In today's society filled with funny cat videos and memes its hard to imagine that there are more dog people than cat people. However, it is clear ...more
Sarah
Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a book about the author traveling around the USA with his yellow lab, Casey and with a black dog, Rezzy, that he picks up along the way. The author has the unique privilege of going to places and meeting people that most people will never be able to experience. He has done quite a bit of research for the book and gives the reader interesting information as is referenced in his 13 pages of notes in the back of the book. Being a book about dogs, our re ...more
Carrie Kent
This is a really wonderful book of you are a dog owner, and I would bet it is pretty entertaining even if you are not. Unlike its luminous predecessor (Travels with Charlie) this is not a work of fiction, but an actual travelogue through dog country, and through the author's relationship with his beloved Casey.

The author took a country-wide trip in an RV with his lab Casey, visiting a wide variety of interesting dog related sites (some urban, some not.) Along the way, the worried tentativeness t
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Dawn
I loved this book - it was a great look into Benoit's life with his dog(s). Some people disliked how much it was about the author but I enjoyed that about the book.

Other's thought that he should have left out some of the harsher stories, especially about the dogs on the st. louis streets, but I really appreciated those stories. It gave a man purpose in life to help those dogs and to help other people with their dogs who live there.

I only am sad because it left me wanting more. I wanted more in d
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Merrikay
I very much enjoyed this book. The author travels around the US in an RV with his dog Casey with whom he has an ambiguous relationship. That in itself is quite refreshing after all the sappy dog books out. Each chapter addresses a different topic so there is nice variety. I also travel in an RV with a dog so found it all pretty interesting. Some topics: dog park drama, (:)), dog rescue, strays in general, strays on reservations, different cultural attitudes toward pets, homeless people with dogs ...more
Suzanne R
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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JD
Not terribly interesting or insightful.Far too much navel-gazing on the part of the author and his personal problems.
Hannah Weinberger
Great toe-dip into elementary analysis of the reasons for and effects of canine-human bonds. Funny in parts and maudlin/melodramatic/navel gazing in more places than I'd like (the author made a good decision trying to get out of his own head by undertaking such an extensive project), the book was deeply-researched throughout. The book didn't aim to solve any outstanding issues regarding human and dog psychology or sociology, but instead, introduce people to current thought in each field; investi ...more
Judie Dooley
I won this book on good reads--thank you very much for allowing me to read it. Great story of a man and his dog. the man decides to take a trip across the country and back with his dog in an Rv and write about the experience . he soon adds another dog who was so sad he couldn't leave it behind. The story was tuching-loving--funny and unforgetable. I learned so much about dogs that I didnt know before. I've had a number of dogs in my life, but now I only have a cat.(elderly housing-no room for a ...more
Robin
Travel plus dogs. My perfect life.
Lisa
Spending four months travelling across the country with a lab mix delving into all aspects of American dog culture. Some stories make you smile or laugh, like the dog who lived with 18 cats and was named Kitty, or one named Spot so the owner who was a Shakespearean expert could say "Out! Out Spot!(MacBeth). Adopting a reservation dog along the way and staying in a Beagle in Cottonwood, ID.
There are sad stories too, when in San Antonio well-behaved strays might be put down simply because they're
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Deborah Replogle
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
Theresa
I wanted this book to be so much more than what it was, which is a fault within the reader as much as the author. I enjoyed the "dog" and the "travel" aspects of the story, but the personal aspects of the author's life were intrusive at times, and seemed almost primary compared to his explorations of dogs and their lives across the country. I kept thinking that if I was given the time and money to travel the country researching dogs, I could have written a GREAT book, and this was only pretty go ...more
Randy M.
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".

Based on this stat
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Ury949
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
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
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Sarah
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
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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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