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Description - Dog Years by Mark Doty

Why do dogs speak so profoundly to our inner lives? When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he finds himself bringing home Beau, a large golden retriever, malnourished and in need of loving care, to join Arden, the black retriever. As Beau bounds back to life, the two dogs become Mark Doty s companions, his solace, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days - their tenacity, loyalty and love inspiring him when all else fails. Dog Years is a remarkable work- a moving and intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about life, love, and loss. Mark Doty writes about the heart-wrenching vulnerability of dogs, the positive energy and joy they bring, and the gift they bear us of unconditional love. A book unlike any other, Mark Doty s surprising meditation is radiantly unsentimental yet deeply affecting. Beautifully written, Dog Years is a classic in the making.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224080910
ISBN-10: 0224080911
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 135mm x 17mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mark Doty

Mark Doty is the author of seven poetry collections and three books of non-fiction. He has won numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He is a professor at the University of Houston and lives in New York City.

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