March 23, 2011A Three Dog Life

I love this book. I love this book.

A Three Dog Life (Harcourt, 2006) is a memoir by Abigail Thomas. It’s a non-linear, beautifully lyrical reflection on several years of Thomas’ life in which she comes to terms with her husband’s traumatic brain injury and the changes (to say the least) it brings.

It’s not a dog book, per se. That is to say, it’s not really about dogs. But at the same time, it sort of is. As Thomas adjusts to the changes in her life, she learns what dogs know: that living in the present, in the moment, is perhaps what we’re meant to do.

Go get it! You can read it in an afternoon. Do it. Seriously. It’s so good.

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7 comments

  1. april’s avatar

    Is it very sad? I saw this book & reading the summary of it made it seem quite sad so I didn’t pick it up. I’m enough of a crybaby without reading sob stories! :)

  2. phetched’s avatar

    It’s reflective, but not depressing. And I’ll go ahead and say that no dogs die! I can’t deal with stories where dogs die. :(

  3. Leesia’s avatar

    Thanks! Just put it on hold at the library.

  4. Peaches’s avatar

    I read this about a year ago and loved it. I found it to be uplifting.

  5. Ashley’s avatar

    Yay, I love book recommendations from people I adore. Off to add it to my mile long “To Read” list.

  6. phetched’s avatar

    I’ve got one of those too, Ashley. :D And my situation is even worse… I’ve already bought a bunch of the books on my list! So they’re sitting there on my shelf, just WATCHING me…

  7. Kyra’s avatar

    I just got this a few weeks ago! I’m glad to hear you liked it so much, now I really want to read it.

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