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The Dog Log: An Accidental Memoir of Yapping Yorkies, Quarreling Neighbors, and the Unlikely Friendships That Saved My Life
The Dog Log, written as a daily notation to the sheriff’s department, begins as a simple complaint about a barking dog, but it soon becomes a powerful self-exploration and confessional. It's a touching, hilarious, and cleverly sneaky memoir of a man in Los Angeleswho inadvertently rediscovers himself through helping his elderly neighbor after she falls, when he reluctantly ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Chicago Review Press
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I really liked this memoir and I’m glad I came across it! As a dog lover myself, I can relate to how Richards life was changed when he started to take care of his elderly neighbor’s dogs. He’s a great writer and I highly recommend this book!
This is the story of a man overcoming a frustrating, maddening situation through an incredibly generous and kind effort, all while coming to grips with his own depression and life's challenges. It is often witty and funny (I especially liked the movie and literary analogies that creep in from time to time, and his description of the lengths he went to safeguard his health had me chuckling), but also dark and sometimes brooding as he works through his problems through detailed self-reflection.
Full disclosure here, I’m a cat person. So, when someone recommended I read and review The Dog Log, I thought “This might not go so well.” I should also disclose that when I read or watch stories about animals I’m terrified that they’re going to die some horrible death and I’ll be devastated, so I broke the most sacred rule of book lovers and I read the end first just to prepare myself. Go ahead and judge me, I accept full responsibility. I also won’t spoil it for you, because I’m going to ...more