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Celebrate National Dog with the Best Books About Dogs!

 

Man’s best friend holds that title for a reason. Dogs have consistently been our constant companions throughout life, offering kindness, support, and protection without asking for anything in return besides belly rubs, food, and lots of love. Its no surprise that dogs have been hugely popular throughout literature, from classical mythology to modern novels centering around our canine companions. In honor of these special, let’s take a look at 5 of the best books centering around furry friends. Cuddle up with your pet and take a look through these wonderful novels centering around them!

 

 

The art of Racing in the Rain

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5. The art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is a beautiful, poetic, and moving novel. This story doesn’t have an easy beginning, as its told from the dog’s perspective on the eve of his death. The dog in question is Enzo, the beloved pet of an up-and-coming race car driver. This is a captivating look at the joys of life as only a dog could tell it. The novel is funny, uplifting, and utterly heart wrenching. For any dog lover, its a must read and may even showcase how your dog views the world around him/her.

 

 

MY Dog: the Paradox

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4. My Dog: The paradox by Matthew Inhman

My Dog: The Paradox by Matthew Inhman is a volume of hilarious, on-point comics by the creator of The Oatmeal. These comics are laugh-out-loud hilarious, containing witty observations about how a dog functions while being backed up by goofy, over the top art that nevertheless manages to be adorable. But beneath the laughter, this a genuine heartfelt ode to a lovable little dog who is both a source of goofiness and joy.

 

 

E. B. White on Dogs
3. E.B White on Dogs Edited by Martha white

In E. B. White on Dogs, his granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of his essays, poems, letters, and sketches depicting over a dozen of White’s various canine companions. This is a book for readers and writers who recognize a good sentence and a masterful turn of a phrase; for E. B. White fans looking for more from their favorite author; and for dog lovers who may not have discovered the wit, style, and compassion of this most distinguished of American essayists.

 

 

A Dog's Purpose

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2. A dog’s purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron is heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

 

 

The Call of the Wild

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1. The Call of the wild by Jack London

The Call of the Wild  by Jack London is a much more adult novel than the previous efforts, being full of brutal moments and a showcase of how hard the life of a dog can be.

Telling the story of a heroic dog thrust into the American Frontier unfolding in the Alaska Gold Rush, the dog is torn between two lives, the wild and the world of man, all the while forced to survive in the harsh environment around them. Adventure fans and dog enthusiasts will love this novel, which captures the perspective of the wild with memorable, beautiful prose.

 

 

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Marie Ponsot, Famous Poet, Passes Away at 98

Sad news for the literary community. According to The New York Times Marie Pronsot, a prolific poet, has passed away at aged ninety-eight. During her lifetime, the poet embarked on a long and extraordinary writing career. By the time of her death, Pronsot had translated dozens of books, published seven volumes of poetry, and served as the chancellor at the Academy of American Poets from 2010 to 2014. She passed away with her husband in New York City. She began her carer in the 1950s, where she was first published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a native of Yonkers who championed the Beat poetry movement.

 

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Ponsot’s first notable work was True Minds, was a collection of love poems for her husband. For nearly twenty-five years, this remained her only book, as Ponsot abandoned her poetry career in order to focus on her personal life. During this time, she had become divorced from her husband, leaving her in Manhattan with seven children to raise. But despite this, she continued writing, filling her notebooks with ideas, scribblings, and poems even in the midst of her personal exile from the poetry world.

In 1981, she resumed her career after ‘finding her feet’ and titled her second collection Admit Impediment. The opening poem of the collection was a direct response to her husband, to whom her last and first collection was dedicated. The poem goes:

 

Death is the price of life.

Lives change places.

Asked why

we ever married, I smile

and mention the arbitrary fierce

glance of the working artist

that blazed sometimes in your face

but can’t picture it.

 

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The collection went on to earn praise for its elegance, intimacy, as well as its rawness and fragility. It was followed by two sequels, the first in 1988 titled The Green Dark and the second in 1998 titled The Bird Catcher. The final one brought her National Attention, as well as increased praise and several awards. She described her process as writing ten minutes per day, pouring her life into the words and said she would encourage anyone to give poetry a go.

“Anyone can write a line of poetry. Try. That’s my word: try.”

Rest in peace, Marie Pronsot. You brought true imagination and love to the world of poetry.

 

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Here’s How OKCupid Is Bringing ‘Game of Thrones’ Lovers Together!

Dating kind of sucks. In my experience, redheads don’t appreciate being referred to as those who’ve been “kissed by fire,” adults born out of wedlock don’t enjoy being called “bastards” in a northern accent, and dragon puns are often misunderstood. We may have thought there were enough GoT fans in the world—but clearly, there are not. People like me have been forced to simply say hello or text “what’s up” instead of paying homage to our favorite fantasy series courtesy of an obscure Westerosi reference—or any endearing pop culture references for that matter.  The exhausting practice of swiping, chit chatting and subsequent ghosting present in our dating culture makes fantasy-world escapism all the more appealing. But! Finally! None other than OKCupid have found a way to bring dejected literary recluses together!

 

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Before now, dating apps have asked us all a wide variety of questions: What are some of your pet peeves? Favorite food? Marriage? Kids? According to their official blog, OkCupid is finally asking its users the only question that has mattered since 2010.  In honor of GoT’s pending return for its final season, users who answer “yes” to the question “Do you watch Game of Thrones?” will be anointed with a badge visible in their profile. This is an obvious result of how often Game of Thrones has been mentioned in the profiles of their users—an average of two million times. Connections on the dating app are bound to skyrocket. The good people at OkCupid have confidently predicted a 20% increase in likes and a 15% increase in conversations for GoT fans.

 

 

To further promote this, the dating site polled people on GoT related topics, such as: what they thought the best GoT relationship was: Forty-three percent of people thought that Jon Snow and Ygritte had the best relationship while Forty-seven percent felt that Daenerys and Khal Drogo represented #goals. It goes without saying that these relationships portrayed on screen ended in tragic deaths and the two remaining love interests have now entered into an incestuous relationship with each other…so let’s just not equate GoT with our actual love lives. Let’s just allow our common appreciate for George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece be our cupid.

 

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Thanks to GoT badges, we can all take solace in the fact that people won’t have to resort to relationships built on dysfunction and a lack of common interests; war-torn affairs and questionable hookups are a thing of the past…

As you already know…

The eighth and final season of the hit show premieres April 14th, and George R.R. Martin’s remaining books will publish sometime before Armageddon.

 

 

 

 

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Fifteen Reasons Why I Read Books

This past weekend I was talking to a friend of mine about books, because why not? And I listed a bunch of reasons as to why I love reading books, and he nodded his head and said, “You should write an article about it, but don’t go overboard.”

 

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And here I am, sharing my reasons for my love of books, and I am going overboard, so screw you, Jake.

 

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#1. I am a word nerd. I love it when I read, and I recently saw an interesting word from Franz Kafka’s The Complete Stories, specifically, The Hunger Artist, “impresario,” and I looked it up to expand my vocabulary! FYI impresario means someone who finances concerts, plays, or operas. Sounds fabulous right?

#2. My love for poetry, fiction, and all things literature is a bit scary. Faves you ask? Sylvia Plath, Nayyirah Waheed, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, Harper Lee, Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, and yeah let us move on…

#3. I am the queen of isolation. Books help reinforce my fortress to not talk with strangers, and not make friends, and not talk to my loved ones, but they understand me, I’d hope, if not, then I would be too busy being stimulated by my current reading, The Handmaid’s Tale. Please don’t judge me. I know I’m late as hell, and I know I should be burning for it because it is so good!

 

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#4. Escapism. Well, it does sound similar to #3 in some ways. However, not only do I prefer to isolate myself but escape to another world. I can read Game of Thrones and not just picture what’s happening in the plots of the story, but I go as far as to imagine what would it be like to be a part of the Starks or Lannisters by making up my own character… I’m not crazy I swear, it’s just life is too hard (insert crying emoji here).

#5. To kill time. I live in New York, and my commute to work is quite long, so no matter how overcrowded it may be, whether I am sitting or standing, I will make it my mission to pull out my book from my bag and continue reading my story.

#6. Food tastes better when I have a book in one hand and a fork in the other, and of course, I would stain my pages with my spaghetti sauce. Why do I do it then? Well, despite the challenge it’s more time efficient than watching videos in my opinion… and if I start watching videos, I don’t think I can ever stop. I haven’t yet perfected in the art of eating, and reading seems….

 

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#7. It gives me something to do when I tan at the beach. There’s a downside to this if you’re super into the book and you don’t realize how much time has passed and you forget to switch position, and you end up burned. Unpopular opinion, I like it when after you brush off the sand away from your book you can appreciate the extra dryness of the pages when you turn them, kind of like an extra dry martini (it’s how I like em).

#8. I like reading The Little Prince to my niece. I love when she feels encouraged to learn more because of my influence. She can’t get enough of The Diary of the Wimpy Kid series, and tries to follow in her uncle’s footsteps!

#9. For creative purposes. I enjoy creative writing like poetry, short stories, and whenever I feel inspired by a line or a dialogue, I would put the book down and write something that would hopefully deliver the same impact. “I feel like the word shatter.” Ugh! Handmaids, you need to stop being so great.

 

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#10. I read so I can collect bookmarks. There is no way I can only collect bookmarks without reading books. I prefer Leatherology; they have beautiful bookmarks. My favorite is the red apple colored kind, and only God knows how many books it went through.

#11. I’m also trying to be more emotionally intelligent. I started reading the Goosebumps series when I was twelve, and they were the first books I ever experienced. However, even though I’ve read a long time, I still haven’t come to a place of confidence to say that I am more skilled at dealing with situations in regards to feelings. I can sure say that I wouldn’t be better if it weren’t for reading.

#12. Reading books is my favorite medium of entertainment; now don’t get me wrong! I do love my Netflix, and HBO more than the next person—but there is something about picking up a book and falling for the descriptions of the characters and the world, and the plot. No other medium can stimulate all your five senses at once, and I think that’s pretty amazing.

 

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#13. This is going to sound very simple but what I love about reading books is the simple act of holding them in my hands. While I read the words on the page, I get this sensational feeling when I have a paperback, and I read a good portion of a book, I fold the front cover along the pages that come before to the back cover—it becomes magical to me. The fact that a whole world is so present and so solid in your hands is mind-blowing.

#14. I love it when I’m reading; I can smell the vanilla aroma scent around the pages. You don’t have to be a book lover to know what I am talking about! If there is a perfume out there that is dedicated to book scents, please let me know! I will have my coins ready.

#15. The power of mind reading is a superpower I most desire, and thanks to being an avid reader, I can say that I’ve read many great minds. I may not be Professor Charles Xavier, but I’m glad that I get to read thoughts in this fashion. A fashion where I get to know more than the person’s mind, but by their intentions, performance, and realities they create with words on the page.

 

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I can go on to a hundred reasons but I am not going to do that to you. What are your reasons for reading books?

 

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