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Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs

de Jennifer Finney Boylan

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"From bestselling author of She's Not There, New York Times opinion columnist, and human rights activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs. This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love helps us understand the people we have been. It's in the love of dogs, and my love for them, that I can best now take the measure of the child I once was, and the bottomless, unfathomable desires that once haunted me. There are times when it is hard for me to fully remember that love, which was once so fragile, and so fierce. Sometimes it seems to fade before me, like breath on a mirror. But I remember the dogs. In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and her wise, funny, heartbreaking piece went viral. In Good Boy, Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love. Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman-accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs. 'Everything I know about love,' she writes, 'I learned from dogs.' Their love enables us pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humor and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves"--… (mais)
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Kind of a weird mood throughout this. It had more of an edge than I expected, so that kind of threw me. What's the word?  ( )
  Jenniferforjoy | Jan 29, 2024 |
Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan represents many of the things I dislike about memoirs while also showing moments of things I do. Boylan uses dogs to center each chapter of the book at different points in her life on her path to transitioning from the boy and young man she is at the beginning to the woman she is at the end. I have issues with memoirs that “remember” events with specific details and dialogue years after they happened, and Good Boy is full of moments like that. But, Boylan is a good writer giving readers both funny and poignant moments while exploring her journey. This isn’t a dog book, and it also isn’t a great “trans” book for readers looking for real insight, but it is an enjoyable read. ( )
  Hccpsk | Aug 21, 2023 |
An amazing read that I just couldn't put down. My heart strings were pulled and tears were shed throughout the whole book. If you love dogs and wants a good heartfelt story of one persons life struggles and thrives, please read this amazing story! Filled with giggles, tears, heart stopping moments and key life moments. ( )
  Lynziington | Aug 4, 2022 |
GOOD BOY: MY LIFE IN SEVEN DOGS (2020) is Finney Boylan's fourth memoir recounting her transgender journey from boy to man to woman. I've not read the first three, but this one was damn good. There's plenty here about her childhood, adolescence, and early adult years, and her confusion and unhappiness about feeling something was "not right" about her. But now in her sixties, as the title suggests, this time around she looks closely at the dogs that have been an important part of her life, and also gives free rein to her quirky wicked sense of humor. And the dogs are pretty quirky too - real characters. So yeah, I chuckled a lot, in between wondering - trying to understand - her feeling for so many years that she was NOT what she appeared, or what she really wanted to be. The whole trans thing, in other words. She makes it very real. And then there was the end of her last dog, Ranger. Really broke me up, 'cause I've been there, had to say goodbye to a few dogs myself. Think Marley, or Old Yeller, ya know? It's cryin' time. And it was that way for Jennie and her wife too.

This was kind of a strange book for me, but a good one, as I said, and Jennifer Finney Boylan is a fine writer. Very highly recommended.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
  TimBazzett | Apr 29, 2022 |
Ruling class person meditates in hard things in their life. Wrong book for this moment and the dogs aren't the lead characters.

Many mispronunciations in narration. ( )
  JesseTheK | Sep 16, 2020 |
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"From bestselling author of She's Not There, New York Times opinion columnist, and human rights activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs. This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love helps us understand the people we have been. It's in the love of dogs, and my love for them, that I can best now take the measure of the child I once was, and the bottomless, unfathomable desires that once haunted me. There are times when it is hard for me to fully remember that love, which was once so fragile, and so fierce. Sometimes it seems to fade before me, like breath on a mirror. But I remember the dogs. In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and her wise, funny, heartbreaking piece went viral. In Good Boy, Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love. Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman-accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs. 'Everything I know about love,' she writes, 'I learned from dogs.' Their love enables us pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humor and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves"--

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