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A Widow, a Chihuahua, and Harry Truman: A Story of Love, Loss, and Love Again

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Facing her first Christmas alone following the loss of her husband to cancer, Mary Beth Crain found new love in a pet store, in the form of a 3 lb. Chihuahua puppy. Named for her idol Harry Truman, from whose strong moral fiber and common sense the young widow drew strength, the little dog would soon help reconnect his companion to the joy of life, and to her own resilient ...more
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by HarperOne (first published May 2000)
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Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I bought this book on a visit to Independence, MO, the home of Harry Truman. It has a catchy title and a cute cover and I thought it sounded promising. The Chihuahua should have appeared first in the title; Truman the dog was definitely the hero of this story.

I get how a teensy, wiggly puppy could be a great boon for a grieving widow, but in my opinion this doggy was petted, pampered, and paraded to the point of nausea. Too much syrupy, saccharine devotion lavished on this precious pup.

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Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: puppies, z2018
I'm not sure what I expected when I started this book beyond it had a chihuahua in it.

What I got was a story of a woman who managed to find her 'great love', how she dealt with the grief of his loss on their third anniversary and eventually moved on. How this cat person was enchanted by a small chihuahua puppy on Christmas. How a little dog that took her places she had never planned on going - Dog Obedience School! - helped make new friends, re-learn how to laugh and not be afraid to love.

Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was a sweet tale about a widow who was helped along her journey of grief by Truman, a chihuahua she purchased on impulse after her husband's death. I enjoyed reading about the joy Truman brought to her life and can relate to that feeling as I'm a widow myself. Some of her descriptions of grief seemed to be an attempt at humor, which fell a bit flat for me, but it could be my own sensitivity in this area. Overall, it was a good book and it reminds me of how much I treasure my little dog ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
. Having once had a Chihuahua as a pet, and being a big admirer of Harry Truman, the title of this book intrigued me. I may not have purchased it if I had noticed the cover also said “A story of love, loss, and love again.” and that it was non-fiction. I’m glad I missed that statement because I did like the book. Mary Beth Crain found a wonderful fulfilling love, but then lost it after three much to short years. She was totally bereft and lost in her grief… until she met a cute Chihuahua puppy. ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just happened to see this book on the shelf in a public library. I love chihuahuas and thought what the heck. I have found that I love books about chihuahuas now. I liked the way Crain wrote how her pet Truman made her feel. I was curious to read about what it was like to loose your spouse. I just lost my wife's mother and wondered how it must feel like to be my wife's father. I thought Crain was very honest about her life and I appreciated that. Now that I read this book I'm going to look for ...more
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grief, non-fiction, dogs
When Mary Beth lost her beloved husband Adam after only a few years of marriage, she felt cheated by love. An encounter with a little chihuahua with big ears and an even bigger heart became the catalyst to help her recover from her grief and love again. She named her new love Truman, after her favorite president, and the text of this inspiring story is sprinkled with wisdom from Harry Truman. A good read for widows, dog lovers and Harry Truman fans.
Sj Lee
Aug 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cat lovers
This book was about a cat loving woman who went through a divorce and later became a dog lover due to an endless love given by this little chihuahua. The story was interesting until the half of the book. Then I got bored. Probably it was because she was not a professional writer. But it made me proud of owning a chihuahua.
Linda Spyhalski
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2015
I loved this book! A story of true love, loss and finding love again with a typical Chihuahua named Truman after President Harry Truman. The quotes from President Truman were so enjoyable as were the stories of his namesake Truman the Chihuahua. Very fun read!
Robin Roberts
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Light hearted and funny
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Mary Beth Crain is the author of Haunted U.S. Battlefields. Her other books include the Los Angeles Times best-selling memoir A Widow, A Chihuahua, and Harry Truman and Guardian Angels

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