August 2, 2010

Monday Book Give Away, #45

A Big Little Life : A Memoir of a Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz; this is a signed ARC.

DEAN KOONTZ thought he had everything he needed. A successful novelist with more than twenty #1 New York Times bestsellers to his credit, Dean had forged a career out of industry and imagination. He had been married to his high school sweetheart, Gerda, since the age of twenty, and together they had made a happy life for themselves in their Southern California home. It was the picture of peace and contentment. Then along came Trixie.
Dean had always wanted a dog—had even written several books in which dogs were featured. But not until Trixie was he truly open to the change that such a beautiful creature could bring about in him. Trixie had intelligence, a lack of vanity, and an uncanny knack for living in the present. And because she was joyful and direct as all dogs are, she put her heart into everything—from chasing tennis balls, to playing practical jokes, to protecting those she loved.
A retired service dog with Canine Companions for Independence, Trixie became an assistance dog of another kind. She taught Dean to trust his instincts, persuaded him to cut down to a fifty-hour work week, and, perhaps most important, renewed in him a sense of wonder that will remain with him for the rest of his life. She mended him in many ways.
Trixie weighed only sixty-something pounds, Dean occasionally called her Short Stuff, and she lived less than twelve years. In this big world, she was a little thing, but in all the ways that mattered, including the effect she had on those who loved her, she lived a big life.

If you're interested in winning this ARC, leave a comment telling about an animal you love. I'll announce the winner next Monday. The winner of The Historian is Allie.


  1. I'd love to be chosen for this one. Our dog, Bryce's dog, turned 18 yesterday. He gets her a cheeseburger for her birthday every year. It is just the small things.....

  2. I've already read this, so I'm not entering, but just wanted to say what a sweet book this is and how perfect it is for anyone who loves their dog.

  3. I love dogs, cats, all animals. Definitely hoping for a new dog soon.

    But I love hearing how Pat (Whammy) gives their dog a cheeseburger on his birthday. Very cute.


  4. There have been quite a few dogs and cats in my life whom I have loved. Right now, we have a mixed-breed terrier who looks just like the famous movie-dog Benji, only cuter. That is to say he is very cute! We adopted him through a rescue organization when he was 2 years old. I call him a natural-born snuggler, and snuggling probably is one of his greatest talents. That and navigation. With his inner compass, he can find his way through the woods in any season. If he's been there once before, he always knows exactly where he is! I'm in awe, as I have no sense of direction whatsoever.
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