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4.10.2014

Brain Food: The Art of Racing In the Rain


Have you ever bought a book that you were so excited to read, you could barely stand it? That you told yourself you would hold off on reading until you finished the book you're currently reading…until you're done with a project so you can devote some time to it…until you're poolside on your mini-vaca. My case was the latter.

I had purchased The Art of Racing in the Rain about two weeks ago after hearing a friend say that it was a must-read for dog owners. So, naturally, I felt compelled to purchase it. (See a blurry Mr. Merlin above…my little fur nugget.) I have no idea why it took me so long to hear about this novel. It, apparently, came out in 2008.

Whatever the case, I started reading it last Friday, the 4th. I was away for the weekend thanks to Charles planning a lovely birthday getaway for me. (He continues to earn the title of "Best Husband"…he also did the dishes this morning before he left for work…so, he's holding onto that title with some ferocity.) But I'm digressing…

I began reading Friday afternoon and finished reading it in the car en route home Sunday, early afternoon. I sobbed in the car, dabbing at my eyes with some leftover napkins from the passenger's side door. I don't think I've ever had a book make me cry this hard…and it wasn't just an "oh, this is so sad" kind of cry. Much more complicated than that.

I don't want to give anything away. All I will say is that this book is from the point of view of Enzo. He's a dog…and his account of what happens in the world is genuine and eye-opening. From the frustration of lacking thumbs to the feelings of responsibility towards the ones you love to appreciating things in the moment and making the most with what you've been given. Hardship, victory, patience, persistence…it's all there.'

Oh, and race car driving. I'm a fan, so that was an added bonus.

And if, by chance, you own a dog, I assure you that you'll look at them differently after reading this story. It'll just make you wonder.

So, don't delay! Go get your hands on it and curl up with your fuzzball…if you don't have one of your own, borrow a friends' dog. (If they're willing…or maybe you and your friend with the dog can get it on audio book and listen together.) If you're anything like me, you'll tear through it in a matter of hours. Just try your best to savor it and enjoy the ride! xo!

2 comments:

  1. I see this book at work whenever I dust shelves and I've always been so intrigued by its cover, and now that you say it's a must read I MUST read it! I'm all about dogs and books that make me ugly sob, so this sounds like a winning combination :D

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    1. You'll have to let me know what you think! Nothing super complicated about this one. Just a solid, easy read that you can probably finish in a day, given the right circumstances. Not only will you ugly sob, but you'll never look at little Rory quite the same way. <3

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