April 22, 2013

A Three-dog life . . .

(My three dogs — and my dear daughters)

While it's true that I do, in fact, have a "three-dog life" my post title is actually referring to the beautifully-written memoir.

In my last post I mentioned I was reading A Three-Dog Life by Abigail Thomas.  Well, I finished it in a day and I have to tell you — it was wonderful. A touching, heartbreaking, and honest memoir.

Here's the synopsis:
When Abigail Thomas’s husband, Rich, was hit by a car, his skull was shattered, his brain severely damaged. Subject to rages, terrors, and hallucinations—and with no memory of what he did the hour, the day, the year before—he was sent to live in a nursing facility that specializes in treating traumatic brain injuries. This tragedy is the ground on which Abigail had to build a new life. How she built that life is a story of great courage and change, of moving to a small country town, of a new family composed of three dogs, knitting, and friendship, of facing down guilt and discovering gratitude. It is also about her relationship with Rich, a man who lived in the eternal present, and the eerie poetry of his often uncanny perceptions. Hailed by Stephen King as "the best memoir I have ever read," this wise, plainspoken, beautiful book enacts the truth Abigail has discovered since the accident: You might not find meaning in disaster, but you might, with effort, make something useful of it.    ~ from Amazon

I've logged this book into my Book Journal and starred the entry. 


So, what should I read next? I have a few books in my pile but they all seem a little heavy. Anyone read a good book lately? Maybe something on the lighter side that I can read while I sit waiting at soccer practice or ballet class?


  1. I think you might need "The Lemon Jelly Cake" by Madeline Babcock Smith. It is - oh, I'm just too tired to think of good enough adjectives and my children need to be tucked in. Just trust me, this is a lovely book. :)

  2. I'd love to read that book. It sounds totally inspiring. We have three dogs too...Max, Ellie and Kara.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful read and I LOVE the pic of the girls and Izzie - I think she's smiling!! :)

  4. Love pics of your daughters and dogs.
    Still on an animal theme have you read 'Dewy the library cat' or 'A Street Cat Called Bob'?
    I also read 'One Day' by David Nicholls recently - loved it and couldn't put it down.

  5. Sounds like a beautiful book; I'll write down title and author, and check if it's available up here.
    Your dogs are so beautiful.

  6. Love your dogs. Here's a couple of books with a UK slant if you'd like this. Willy Russell 'The Wrong Boy' makes me laugh out loud and newly published young adult book on the Carnegie Medal list Sarah Crossan 'The Weight of Water'. Love a good memoir so will give 'Three Dogs' a try.

  7. When God Was A Rabbit - Sarah Winman

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

    A Sweet Serendipity - Patrick Gayle

    Three good reads.

    Love the picture of your girls and your smiling dog!

    Leanne xx


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