My favorite blog post ever in the BookPage archive is this one from back in November 2010: "Dog roundup draws howls from readers." Here's the rundown: As we often do, we ran a roundup of new books about dogs. Cute idea, right? Well . . . some readers were not happy, writing in to share opinions like:
Enough already with dog books. What’s next, “What I Learned about Life from Scooping My Dog’s Poop”??
Even as a dog lover I had a chuckle at that.
In any case, one of the most popular authors in the controversial dog book category is Julie Klam, whose Love at First Bark and You Had Me at Woof focus on rescuing dogs and life with Boston terriers. Yeah, the books are heart-warming . . . but they are also full of Klam's trademark wit.
If you haven't enjoyed Klam's prose—maybe you're one of the anonymous people sending in hate mail about dog books?—you might enjoy the author's newest offering, which is about a more universal topic: friendship.
On October 25, read Friendkeeping: A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can't Live Without. Here's more from the publisher:
After her bestselling You Had Me at Woof, about relationships with dogs, Klam now turns her attention to human relationships to great effect. She examines everything—from the curious world of online friendship to the intersection of friendship and motherhood. She even explores how to hang on to our friendships in the toughest circumstances: when schadenfreude rears its ugly head or when we don’t like our friend’s mate.
Some of my favorite memoirs are about friendship, books like Truth & Beauty and Let's Take the Long Way Home. Only problem was that those books left me in tears. I'm looking forward to Klam's sure-to-be hilarious take on the subject.
Will you read Friendkeeping in October?