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A Three Dog Life

A book by Abigail Thomas

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Tender and Tough

  • Oct 24, 2010
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Heartbreaking. Beautiful. Poetic. What I appreciated most about this book was the honesty in which Thomas discusses her experiences with her husband, the difficulty of being in a care taking role that you never signed up for, never could have imagined.
A Three Dog Life is a memoir filled with such valuable insights that I want to share it with everyone, but I don't want to loan it out (my mother always said not to loan any book or money that you actually want back) so, you'll have to buy your own.

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review by . February 21, 2008
Rich Rogin was walking the family dog late one night in his Manhattan neighborhood when he was struck by a car and nearly killed; the accident report said, "dead, or likely to die." Although he didn't die, he suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI, to those unlucky enough to be on familiar terms with this sad condition).    Abigail Thomas gives us a tender little book about life with her husband after the accident wiped out his past and his future, leaving him only a jumbled …
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Stephen King's front-cover endorsement of Thomas's memoir as the best he's ever read—and a "punch to the heart"—will surely pique interest in this wrenching, elegiac portrait of her third husband, Rich, who flounders in a miasmic present after a hit-and-run in their Manhattan neighborhood shatters his skull, destroys his short-term memory and consigns him to permanent brain trauma. A deft balance of fevered pathos and dark humor link this memoir, in spirit and theme, toSafekeeping, Thomas's collected vignettes that memorialize her second husband. But Thomas also finds wellsprings of inspiration in her tragicomic interactions with Rich and in the self-reliance she's forced to develop, aided by her faithful dogs (the book's title adapts an aboriginal phrase, derived from the tradition of cuddling with dogs on frigid nights). Rich—himself reminiscent of a Stephen King eccentric—utters eerily prescient, absurdly poetic non sequiturs, probing the essence of time and love with ingenuous intuition, though his acute paranoia and confusion make these exchanges truly heartbreaking. Thomas's quick-cutting chronology and confessional narration subtly re-enacts the soupiness of her husband's mind, even as she quietly thanks him for the wisdom of living in the present.(Sept.)
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ISBN-10: 0156033232
ISBN-13: 978-0156033237
Author: Abigail Thomas
Publisher: Mariner Books

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