Come Back, Como
Winning The Heart Of A Reluctant Dog
By Steven Winn
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061802584, 273pp.)
Publication Date: November 2010
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When Steven Winn and his wife, Sally, finally gave in to their only child Phoebes pleas for a dog, they adopted a scraggly terrier mutt from a local animal shelter. The new family pet, Como, turned out to hate menespecially the authorand proved to be a cunning escape artist. Traumatized, single-minded, and exceptionally clever, Como was bent on breaking Winns sanity and self-respect, his bank account, and his heart.
An international sensation, Come Back, Como is the story of one mans hilarious and poignant quest to win the trust of a dog who wanted nothing to do with him. With humor and pathos, Winn describes the maddening but ultimately rewarding effects Como had on his family; the misadventures, ordeals, and terrifying events he and his dog endured together; and the greatest lesson Como taught him: that loving a dog can make us more human.
“A delightful story about the joys and deeper meanings dogs bring into our lives.”
-Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author
“Even people who don’t much care for dogs, and I am one, will be moved and entertained by Steven Winn’s story of pursuit and rejection and renewed pursuit between man and pooch. Its real subject, transcending species, is the struggle for understanding between minds and hearts.”
-Adam Gopnik, New Yorker staff writer and author of Paris to the Moon and Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life
As a man owned by a dog, I read this book with delight, merriment, and deep sympathy. And when I reached the most touching parts, there was my dog’s head, in my lap -- he knew I had a heart all along.
-David Thomson, author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film and Try to Tell the Story: A Memoir