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For more than 12,000 years dogs have been interacting with humankind on a domestic level, first tamed for purposes of labor. But the dog-human relationship goes much deeper than that, as illustrated in The Company of Dogs, a collection of fictional stories by many notable writers, including Amy Hempel, Antonya Nelson, and David Updike. Seeking to honor the "openhearted and inscrutable, the simple and complicated animal" that James Thurber so perfectly characterized some 50 years ago, the collected stories focus on our daily lives with dogs  and the amazing array of complicated emotions that canines are able to elicit from unsuspecting humans. William Wegman's black-and-white photographs of his deadpan Weimaraners Man Ray, Fay Ray, and Batina grace the pages of this thoroughly enjoyable, tail-waggingly  good book.
The Company of Dogs explores the valued companionship we share with our dogs. Filled with humor, compassion, and wry understanding, these stories reveal an important truth: our dogs know us better than we know ourselves.

(339 pages)

Donated by Liz Watson