Here’s your chance to win a copy of the new Random House book, The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs, due to be released this week. Ten copies will be given away and the contest will run the week of Sunday, October 27, 2012. To enter, just comment on this post. Please be sure to give your name and a working e-mail address so we can contact you if you win. Winners will be picked at random and announced Sunday, November 4, 2012. More than one entry per household is allowed, but only one entry per person please.
While not all the stories in this book will appeal to all dog lovers, there is something here for dog lovers of every kind. A fantastic collection of essays, stories, short humor pieces, drawings, poems, and cartoons that provide a portal to our relationships with, and attitude towards our dogs both past and present.
With names like John Cheever, Susan Orlean, Roddy Doyle, Ian Frazier, Arthur Miller, John Updike, Roald Dahl, E. B. White, A. J. Liebling, Alexandra Fuller, Jerome Groopman, Jeffrey Toobin, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Ogden Nash, Donald Barthelme, Jonathan Lethem, Mark Strand, Anne Sexton, Cathleen Schine, and even James Thurber, this book provides a broad perspective our doggy obsessions.
As this poem from E.B. White illustrates, attitudes may have changed over the years, but our entanglements have not.
DOG AROUND THE BLOCK
Dog around the block, sniff,
Hydrant sniffing, corner, grating,
Sniffing, always, starting forward,
Backward, dragging, sniffing backward,
Leash at taut, least at dangle,
Leash in people’s feet entangle—
Sniffing dog, apprised of smellings,
Loving old acquaintances, sniff,
Sniffing hydrant for reminders,
Leg against the wall, raise,
Leaving grating, corner greeting,
Chance for meeting, sniff, meeting,
Meeting, telling, news of smelling,
Nose to tail, tail to nose,
Rigid, careful, pose,
Liking, partly liking, hating,
Then another hydrant, grating,
Leash at taut, leash at dangle,
Tangle, sniff, untangle,
Dog around the block, sniff.
—E. B. White
Good luck to you all and have a great week ahead.
Announcement of Winners
My thanks to all who entered the contest, and congratulations to the following winners of the giveaway.
1) Jamie M
2) Hilary Lane
3) Beverly Walton
4) Susan Stanfordf
5) Lorraine Bogaards
6) Jana Rade
7) Michelle Razo
8) Edith Chase
9) Jo Marengere
You will be contacted by the publisher shortly in order to get your shipping information. Congratulations again and I hope you will enjoy the book.