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Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know

THINGS YOUR DOG Doesn’t Want YOU TO KNOW by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson
Art Direction by Dean Stefanides
Sourcebooks, Inc. 230 Pages

I usually give my opinion of a book that I am reviewing at the end of the review, but this time I will open with it. I found Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson to be everything a book should be. It is engaging, creative and memorable. Each of the 115 essays is presented in the words of one of eleven different dogs. After reading the first sentence of the first essay, as far as I was concerned, I believed I was listening to a dog.

I tried to pick a favorite dog or maybe a favorite essay. I found this to be impossible. I found all the canines to be irresistible and each essay is memorable. The dogs discuss a number of topics. In I Will Never Be Full, Orson, a Bulldog, readily admits he hasn’t been hungry since he was a week old. He’ll be happy only when he finally explodes. He fills his days checking his food bowl and takes delight in the two dinners he gets while his humans are mad at each other. Tinkerbell, a Chihuahua, discusses birthdays in You Can Forget My Birthday. She makes it clear that she doesn’t know when her birthday is and that dogs do not celebrate birthdays. “If you really want to know, we celebrate naps and escaping from the backyard and the death of cats.” She doesn’t want to appear ungrateful for her birthday party which was held in a tent. There were even cupcakes with lighted candles. However, all this led to the appearance of fire trucks.
Especially moving are the words from Sophie in I’m Not Irreplaceable. She eloquently says “Maybe I’m unique because I’m part of these memories you’ll never have again”.

There is a great deal more in this book and it is so worth reading. It is both humorous and touching. If a dog is a part of your life then you must read this book. If you are considering welcoming a dog into your life this book will help prepare you for what is to come. I came away wiser after reading this book. I highly recommend reading it.

I received this book free of charge through Review the Book and I give this review of my own free will.


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GRANT: Savior of the Union

GRANT:Savior of the Union by Mitchell Yockelson
Thomas Nelson ISBN -13:978-1-59555-452-9 193 Pages

GRANT: Savior of The Union by Mitchell Yockelson is part of the Thomas Nelson series The Generals. Grant was born April 27, 1822 and for the first month of his life he did not have a name. The decision was made to name him Hiram Ulysses Grant , but his parents later chose to call him Ulysses. Even though his physical stature was slight he “towered over other army officers when it came to discipline, perseverance, and the ability to win battles.”

Grant’s first interest was horses, not a military career. It was his father who helped arrange his entrance to West Point. Even though he didn’t want to go there he ultimately benefited from his time there. Military life was not for him as it kept him from those he loved-his wife and four children. He resigned from the military after serving in the Mexican War and other posts. However, he was not able to achieve financial success in the private sector. In 1861 the Civil War began and Grant embarked on a military career that secured his place in history for eternity. “Grant demonstrated all the traits that Lincoln found so wanting in his other senior leaders.” Even though he was plagued with allegations about drinking, he did not allow this interfere with his duties. He loved the Union and lead his troops with honesty, determination and common sense. He proved to be fearless.

Mr. Yockelson’s book vividly describes Grant’s military prowess. He also writes about his two term presidency and his legacy. He provides valuable insight into the life of a great man. I recommend reading this book as there is great deal to be learned from it.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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