Saturday, March 7, 2009

Our first book review!

April 2009
$24.95 Hardcover
978-1-60239-638-8 / 6” x 9” /
304 pages
Skyhorse Publishing (distributed by W.W. Norton)

Kathryn Miles is a great writer. From page one, this sets Adventures with Ari: A Puppy, a Leash, & Our Year Outdoors (Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95) above the pack of everything-I-know-about-life-I-learned-from-my-dog memoirs out there. Her premise is to see her world anew through the light-blue eyes of her shelter mutt adoptee, Ari, during their daily walks. This may seem a mundane proposal, and some of the scenarios are well known (and well worn) to anyone who has welcomed a dog (especially a puppy) into their home—books are chewed, floors are soiled, dead creatures are ecstatically rolled upon, dogs reeking of death are bathed, and bathed, and bathed, the peace of other animal companions is disrupted. The twist is that Miles is a naturalist by trade, a professor of environmental writing at Unity College in Maine, or as it bills itself, “America’s Environmental College.” She is no couch potato using the tethered energy of her young dog to get outdoors for the first time; rather, she decides to take this opportunity to see her well-explored and -recorded world through the new eyes (and keen nose, and closer-to-the-ground) perspective of her pup. She refers to theirs as “caninaturalist” romps, and writes about these adventures—and how she invariably applies them to life among her two-legged friends and family members—with humor, skill and beauty, becoming herself the reader’s guide to a freshly discovered rural world. —Jessica Rae Patton, E Magazine


Stella said...

Big Congrats! Can't wait to read it.

Stella and her Mom

Suzuki said...

Congratulations :)
My Mummy will buy it!
Big licks to you

Eve said...

How wonderful Congrats Kathryn and Ari!!!

Lorenza said...

Kisses and hugs

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

I khan't wait to get my pawtographed khopy!



Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Congrats! That's a great review.

Steve and Kat

Jan's Funny Farm said...

This is wonderful. Congratulations! We hope your book is a great success and sells a LOT of copies!

tula said...

WOO WOO.. to you Ari. You're a star!

kisses, tula

Charity, Gary, Katie and Louis said...

Congratulations to Kathryn and Ari!!! The book looks lovely. We can't wait to read it.

Charity, Katie and Louie

Anonymous said...

I cannot WAIT to get this book! At the local bookstore, of course. Any plans for a book pawing/signing?


China said...

Congrats! My Mom is soooo jealous!

Anonymous said...

Add me to the chorus! Congrats, and I hope there will be a Maine book signing!


The OP Pack said...

We have so much to learn about woo two- didn't know woo had a book! Mom said she is definitely going to buy it and read it to us.

The cover page is so cool - such joy emanating from both of woo.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Marigold said...

I can't wait for the book to come out! 100 Peanuts to you!!!

Kathiesbirds said...

Kathryn, Hooray for you and Ari! I'm so glad to hear your book it out there now! Nice cover!

Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrr Ari
Congrats on the book Harrrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

Kess And Her Mama said...

What a great book review!Congratulations Kathryn & Ari! Woohoo...we have a celebrity in our midst.

Simba and Jazzi said...

Wow, how great is that. Mummy loves to read so she will looking out for the book.

Simba and Jazzi xx

JB's Big World said...

Oh my gosh! We were wondering about your book and when it would come out! Congrats and I will ask my mom to buy me one so she can read it to me.

YD said...

Congrats Ari! We have to tell mom to get the book asap!

umekotyan said...

Good evening Ari
Congratulations on the publication of a wonderful book.
The record of outdoor exactly recalls Henry David Thoreau.
I also feel it while slowly reading the life of the forest.
The energy of the life is divided while reading the book there with awaking in the morning and it gives it.
And, the way following f64 is exactly an outlook on the world of Ari. :)

from loved ume tyan

Me and my puppies said...

Well, she's not tell us anything we didn't know already. Congratulations! Can't wait to read it.

snoutbeagle said...

What a wonderful review and it's what we all saw as special in you blog in the first place! Huge congratulations! I look forward to picking up a copy when they are out.

Jackie and two beagles

sugarcreekstuff said...

Hooray, I love the cover! I can't wait to read it.

un-named in the book said...

We loved it. It was better than "Cats!" An edge of your seat, page turner that we couldn't put down (most likely because of the syrup on our fingers). Kate is da bomb.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Wow! Congratulations, Kathryn & Ari!! This is monumental. How will you two celebrate when it comes out?
I love the cover you chose - it looks so joyous!

The Daily Echo said...

Congratulations! We can't wait to see that book sitting on the shelf at our book store! It would be even better if the shelf was empty.....WooHoo!!!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We are so excited to have a real celeb among our blogger group. We love the review and the small excerpt form Khyra's blog. Mom says she need to read this one..
Great job we are so proud of you both..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie