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Dog House by Carol Prisant (Book Review 2010-136)

Product Description

Dog House wasn't supposed to be a book about love. It was supposed to be a hugely funny account of the dogs in Carol Prisant's life. And not just the dogs, but that first bird she found at Woolworth's, the monkey that fell in love with her husband's leg, the thankless tiny turtle, and the goldfish her pet- challenged mother flushed down the toilet. Somehow though, this straightforward telling got a little blindsided by things like making marriage work and home- owning and children and a profession and her dear, supportive husband, Millard. Which is why the goldfish will just have to wait for the sequel.

This book is still about cold noses, warm bellies, four on the floor, and a snuggler or two. Your basic fur family. It's also about the love of a mother for her son, a wife for her husband, a husband for some dogs, and the love it takes to make a haunted house a home. Your basic family furnisgings. Throw in a lot of antiques, a couple triumphs over adversity, and a more-than-seems-fair share of heartbreaking loss and you have Dog House--the warm, absorbing, and humorous tale of dogs and marriage, love and marriage and life.

About the Author

Carol Prisant is the author of Good, Better, Best; the New York Times bestseller Antiques Roadshow Primer; and Antiques Roadshow Collectibles. Prisant is the American editor of the Condé Nast publication The World of Interiors and has written frequently for The New York Times, New York magazine, and Martha Stewart Living, among many others. 

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (May 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405664


This is such a charming book.  It follows the author through her life with the reference points of the dogs she has loved and lost.  Her search for the perfect dog is met with the ups and downs that having an unpredictable dog can have on it.  The most touching part of the book is the love story between her and husband.  This is probably the first book in which his death upset me more than the dogs.  Dog lovers will lap this one up.

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