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Book 31

  1. Grossmith, George & Weedon — The Diary of a Nobody (166 pages)
  2. McCarthy, Cormac — Blood Meridian (334 pages)
  3. Moore, Alan & Dave Gibbons — Watchmen (399 pages)
  4. Moore, Christopher — Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (507 pages)
  5. Murger, Henri — The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter (381 pages)
  6. Walk with Me: A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2009 (98 pages)
  7. Douglas, Lloyd C. — The Robe (438 pages)
  8. Robinson, Marilynne — Gilead (281 pages)
  9. Jerome, Jerome K. — Three Men in a Boat (182 pages)
  10. Satrapi, Marjane — Persepolis (343 pages)
  11. Dodge, Jim — Fup (121 pages)
  12. Bauby, Jean-Dominique — The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly (114 pages)
  13. Fleming, Ian — Casino Royale (219 pages)
  14. Blake, Quentin — Clown (30 pages)
  15. Weigel, George — The Courage To Be Catholic (249 pages)
  16. Ishiguro, Kazuo — The Remains of the Day (255 pages)
  17. Orwell, George — Animal Farm (125 pages)
  18. Garner, James Finn — Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (81 pages)
  19. Robinson, Marilynne — Home (339 pages)
  20. Opera Magazine — Basses in Opera: Profiles of thirteen great basses (96 pages)
  21. Beaumarchais, Pierre-Augustin Caron de — The Figaro Trilogy (David Coward, transl.) (335 pages)
  22. Keyes, Daniel — Flowers for Algernon (217 pages)
  23. Bök, Christian — Eunoia (94 pages)
  24. Zweig, Stefan — Chess (76 pages)
  25. Kinney, Jeff — Meet the Wimpy Kid (55 pages)
  26. Lovecraft, H.P. — At the Mountains of Madness (188 pages)
  27. Blatty, William Peter — The Exorcist (307 pages)
  28. Williamson, Jack — Darker Than You Think (266 pages)
  29. Pelevin, Victor — Omon Ra (152 pages)
  30. Molière — Five Plays: The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, The School for Wives, The Miser, The Hypochondriac [transl. Richard Wilbur, Alan Drury] (428 pages)
  31. Duffy-Korpics, Lisa — Tales from a Dog Catcher (255 pages)

Page count: 7131.

I received Tales from a Dog Catcher as part of a book giveaway from Goodreads. I had forgotten I'd requested it and, to be honest, had low expectations.

Tales from a Dog Catcher is a collection of essays recounting the author's experiences during her time as Animal Control Officer in a town outside of New York City. These sorts of books have the tendency to degenerate into trite sentimentality, with vacuous prose snapshots of cloyingly cute animals.

But this wasn't the case with Duffy's book, a fact she announces in her first essay, a bleak, wintry tragedy. She simply told the stories that were there. Some of them are happy and uplifting, some of them made me laugh out loud, and one or two left me misty-eyed or angry.

Duffy's language is easy and engaging. She writes with down-to-earth humility, frankness, and insight, possessing an acute awareness of her shortcomings and strengths. And though much of the book is introspective in nature, she always lets the animals and people she deals with be the focal point of her stories.

I was very pleasantly surprised by Tales from a Dog Catcher, which more than exceeded my expectations. I found myself eagerly turning back to it in my spare moments and was sad when there were no more stories to read. I would recommend this not just to animal lovers but to all.

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am0
Dec. 28th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Dog Tales
The book is rated five stars on Amazon and is available in Kindle format. I ordered it and it is probably on my Kindle by now.
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