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Dog Is My Co-Pilot

Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Format: Softcover/304 pages
Price: $10 US
ISBN: 0-609-61086-4

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The editors of The Bark have collected favorites and new discoveries in their first anthology, Dog Is My Co-Pilot. The same genius found in The Bark magazine is in great supply in this must-have collection. Readers will delight in the 42 essays, short stories and expert commentaries that explore every aspect of “the world’s oldest friendship”.

Fifty percent of the material is new to this collection and has never before been published. The book is divided into four sections: Beginnings, which explores “the initial murmurings when a dog-human relationship is formed.” Pack investigates the theme of “togetherness,” and pays tribute to the dynamic of multiple personalities in the canine/human relationship. Lessons examines what dogs teach us, from love to enlightenment. The final section, Passages, reflects on the themes of true friendship, transformation, and loss.

Included are pieces by: Lynda Barry, Rick Bass, Maeve Brennan, Margaret Cho, Carolyn Chute, Alice Elliot Dark, Pam Houston, Erica Jong, Tom Junod, Caroline Knapp, Donald McCaig, Ann Patchett, Michael Paterniti, Charles Siebert, Alexandra Styron, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Alice Walker. Plus cover and interior art by Mark Ulriksen. For people who love great writing and, yes, great dogs, it’s a book to be both shared and treasured.