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.
Will you read Friendkeeping in October?
Because I love dogs so much (and I'm not alone on this here at BookPage), I'm featuring TWO trailers for books from our November dog book feature! I just can't help myself.
First is Love at First Bark, the follow-up to Julie Klam's best-selling memoir You Had Me at Woof (2010). "With the same humor and panache that made her last book so appealing," Klam shares tales of "dog rescue and rehab that read, at times, like adventure stories."
The book trailer from Penguin features one of these stories:
The next trailer is for Following Atticus, the true story of author Tom Ryan and his miniature schnauzer's incredible journey. Together they climbed all 48 peaks of the White Mountain Range--twice--as a charity fundraiser for cancer.
Writes our reviewer, "Following Atticus is an intriguing story of growth, possibility and the one-of-a-kind camaraderie that exists between man and dog." The trailer from Morrow introduces Ryan and his little dog—and shares a snippet of that camaraderie:
Be sure to check out the rest of the books in our doggie feature:
Do you enjoy reading memoirs about dogs? What about novels?
[gallery link="file" columns="4"]
Just as with pinpointing why a certain title is wonderful, it is difficult to say exactly what makes a book jacket great. I know that I am drawn to bright, graphic cover designs that feature art rather than people—although I love that jacket for Backseat Saints.
Our favorite book jackets of 2010 range from kooky to beautiful to clever:
As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
Chicken Big by Keith Graves
Exley by Brocke Clark
Five Days Apart by Chris Binchy
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
Lift by Kelly Corrigan
Lives Like Loaded Guns by Lyndall Gordon
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Running the Books by Avi Steinberg
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Street Shadows by Jerald Walker
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
What to Cook & How to Cook It by Jane Hornby
You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam
What were your favorite book jackets of 2010?
Also on The Book Case: Browse our Best of 2010 coverage.
Julie Klam's You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness comes out next week, and we're highlighting it (along with three other dog-themed books) in our November issue.
If you've ever loved a dog, you'll enjoy this story about Klam's adventures in rescuing Boston terriers. (BookPage's Deanna Larson writes: "These little one-act adventures in the sacrifices and rewards of dog guardianship have humanity, occasional tragedy and sadness, and plenty of hilarity.")
Even if you're not a dog person, I think you'll get a kick out the trailer, which includes hilarious guest appearances by Susan Orlean (author of The Orchid Thief) and comedian Denis Leary:
Dog lovers: Will you look for You Had Me at Woof? Also, seen any good book trailers lately?
Also in BookPage: Editor Lynn Green highlights the book Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats. (Feel free to leave a comment if you disagree!)