A Big Little Life
A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie
By Dean Koontz
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780345530608, 288pp.)
Publication Date: July 12, 2011
Categories: Personal Memoirs
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment. Whether chasing a tennis ball or protecting those she loved, Trixie gave all she had to everything she did, inspiring Dean and Gerda to trust their instincts and recapture a sense of wonder that will remain with them always. Trixie lived fewer than twelve years; in this wide world, she was a little thing. But in every way that mattered, she lived a big life.
CBS Sunday Morning featured A Big Little Life in a rare interview with Dean Koontz that focuses on his philanthropic efforts with and affection for dogs. View it here: http://youtu.be/40bWUc6k_J8
Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda; their golden retriever, Anna; and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.
“[A] love letter to his golden retriever.”—People
“Read this book to be entertained, uplifted and deeply moved.”—The Bark
“A humorous, poignant portrait of [a] remarkable dog.”—Kirkus Reviews
“One dog book that everyone . . . will deeply enjoy.”—Booklist (starred review)
“A delightful read. . . an unusually effective brief for the joy that dogs bring us.”—The American Spectator
“A tender, insightful, loving homage . . . an inspirational book of love, hope and humor.”—Bookreporter.com