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The Dog Stays in the Picture: Life Lessons from a Rescued Greyhound (English Edition)
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The Dog Stays in the Picture: Life Lessons from a Rescued Greyhound (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Susan Morse

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Pr??sentation de l'??diteur

This is not a book about a dog. I really do prefer my husband—honest. But it’s hard to tell the story of our journey into the empty nest, and leave out one particular animal. Which kind of illustrates the problem.

It is November 2009, and after mourning the loss of Arrow, their beloved Australian shepherd mutt, Susan and David Morse and family are finally ready to adopt a new dog. David’s acting jobs keep him away from home for long stretches of time, the last two teenagers are on their way to college, and this time it’s Susan’s turn to pick the dog. She probably should have thought a little more carefully before falling for a retired racing greyhound. 
Enter Lilly, who lands like a disoriented neutron bomb in Susan’s comfortable suburban home after living the first three years of her life in the rugged and ruthless world of the racetrack. Instantly lovable but hopelessly inept at domesticity, Lilly turns out to be more than Susan bargained for, throwing all Susan and David’s plans for their long-anticipated, footloose empty-nest years into complete disarray.
In The Dog Stays in the Picture, Susan Morse tells the hilarious and moving story of how an anxious dog and a high-strung woman find tranquility together.

Biographie de l'auteur

Susan Morse was educated at Williams College. She has worked as an actress in L.A. and New York and is the author of The Habit. She now lives in Philadelphia with her husband, David, and their three children, when they're home from college.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1186 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 260 pages
  • Editeur : Open Road Media (29 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00L8FBET2
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Amazon.com: 3.1 étoiles sur 5  15 commentaires
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Autobiography/memoirs of Susan Morse, not really about dogs or dog rescue 18 août 2014
Par TooManyHobbies - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am very interested in everything dogs, and I have a soft spot for dog rescue stories. So I was a little disappointed in this book. The writing was humorous and the stories interesting, but there is just not a lot about the dog.

The book is essentially Susan Morse's memoirs with the dog (Lilly the rescued greyhound) being just another character in her life. By the end of the book I felt I knew more about her husband, children, mother, friends, and neighbors than I did about the dog, Lilly.

The book covers a time span between when Susan and David Morse met till the present day (2012). The time-line of the story telling is a little chaotic (she moves randomly from present to past telling stories of different places, peoples, and times), but the stories are somewhat amusing. You learn about the frightening LA earthquake they survived and how it gave them impetuous to move back east. You learn about her husband's severe allergies, and sleep paralysis. You learn about Susan's mother and some very amusing anecdotes about her life. You experience the chaos of Susan's life as she tries to get her twin sons off to college at different ends of the country. You learn about Susan's debilitating battle with Lyme disease. You get a glimpse of what it is like to live with a famous actor as a husband. And inter-sprinkled between all stories of kids, family, and friends you also get some tidbits about the dog.

So don't think of this book as a dog rescue story, think of it as the quirky, chaotic, and sometimes hilarious memoirs of Susan Morse's life.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Funny, Sometimes Poignant, Enjoyable Overall 12 septembre 2014
Par N Smiley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mrs. Morse's book title led me to expect a dog rescue saga. I did not realize the author is the wife of actor David Morse (St. Elsewhere, The Green Mile, House). While Lilly the rescue greyhound's story is woven throughout, the focus of the book is on the Morse family. Even though I ordered the book because of interest in the dog rescue aspect because we foster, it ended up having just as much appeal. A couple of recent memoirs I have read have been bad reads, even borderline boring. Some celebs do not get that being famous does not necessarily equal having an ability to write. In comparison Mrs. Morse is a story teller and worth a read.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Charming Empty-Nest Anxieties 26 août 2014
Par J. Vilches - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A charming memoir by Susan, mostly dealing with becoming empty-nesters as her kids go off to college. The dog in the title is retired racing greyhound Lilly, who's separation anxiety acts as a mirror for Susan's anxieties about her kids and her husband David, an actor, as they move on to a new chapter in life. Lilly is pictured prominently on the cover, but isn't the focus of the story, so anyone looking for a feel-good dog-story book - this isn't it. However, Susan does have an entertaining writing style, and it's a cozy, quick read.

I have to admit as a greyhound owner I was drawn to the book because of Lilly's picture on the cover. But once I got past the fact that this wasn't actually a dog book, I enjoyed it and will likely check out her first book, The Habit.
6 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not What I Expected 18 août 2014
Par BB - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book isn't just about a rescued Greyhound dog. As a matter of fact, a lot of the book is about everything but the dog. The author (married to actor David Morse) writes about family, empty nest syndrome, David's allergies and her own thoughts and fears. Parts are amusing, but so much of the book seems like scattered thoughts. So beware that this isn't a heartwarming story about a dog. The book just wasn't what I was hoping to read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "Keeping it together in our own ways" 12 septembre 2014
Par E. M. Bristol - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When Susan Morse's daughter had gone away to college and her two sons were completing their college applications, she decided to get a dog to stave off the empty nest syndrome. Morse wound up choosing a rescue greyhound named Lilly, a high-strung but affectionate dog who quickly chose Susan as "her" person, disdaining Morse's husband, David, an actor who was often away on shoots. Susan was herself an actress (and has written a previous memoir) but put that aside in order to raise a family. In "The Dog Stays in the Picture," Morse describes Lilly's early days adjusting, but also a wider array of topics, including earthquake preparation; her elderly mother who became a nun; dealing with letting her children find their way in the world; her husband's health issues; a painful episode of what was likely Lyme Disease; a foray into family genealogy; how she dealt with her fear of flying; the ins and outs of Japanese loos; and the pleasures of playing bridge. Although Lilly does occasionally take a back seat to her human family, Susan manages to tie the topic of greyhounds into all of her other subjects. For example, when researching her ancestors, Susan explores the possibility that they, too, may have owned greyhounds. Not only that, but she manages to incorporate Lyme Disease into the chapter with amusing results.

Morse writes in a witty, self-deprecating style that reminded me of Anne Lamott, and the chapter on Japan was reminiscent of Dave Barry's travel writing. I ordered this book expecting more of it to be about Lilly herself, rather than a collection of personal essays, but overall, I enjoyed it, occasionally even laughing out loud.
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