Dog Walks Man
A Six-Legged Odyssey
By John Zeaman
(Lyons Press, Hardcover, 9781599219639, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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A humorous, thoughtful, absorbing narrative about the metaphysical joys of a simple daily task.
John Zeaman writes an arts column for Design NJ magazine and reviews art for The Record (Bergen County, NJ) and the Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ). He was the art critic and design writer at The Record (Hackensack, New Jersey) for more than twenty years, has won numerous journalism awards, and is the author of a series of children’s books called “Before They Were Pets.” Zeaman’s young adult book, Overpopulation, was selected for the New York Public Library’s “Books for the Teen Age” list.
"Dog Walks Man by John Zeaman is a contemplative and humorous exploration of one of the simplest pleasures: walking with a dog. The narrative's strength comes from its quiet, meditative pacing. Whether he's walking along suburban alleys with Pete, the Poodle, or exploring the phantasmagorical landscape of New Jersey's Meadowlands, the author's musings on life's wildness are a pleasure and joy." Bark magazine, Editor's Lit Picks "Journalist John Zeaman creates a masterpiece of contemplation in Dog Walks Man: A Six-Legged Odyssey. . . . His droll observations on dog-walking combine insight, solace and meditation, taking readers into the heart of a routine task, dusting the ordinary with the divine." --Bookpage "'Suburban vagabonds' Pete and John explore the wild fringes of their neighborhood. . . . Pete never fails to lift the author's spirits: Each walk is an adventure, each return home has the level of emotion 'of Odysseus catching sight of Ithaca on the horizon.'"
—Los Angeles Times “John Zeaman looks at an activity that can fill hundreds of hours over the period of year, but has never had its own bard—namely, walking a dog. More than a consideration of the human-animal bond, this book is an amusing and thoughtful look at our ever changing environment and the flow of our lives. Well worth reading.”—Stanley Coren, author of The Modern Dog “A very well-written and funny John McPhee–style approach to . . . dog walking. . . . Fascinating.”
—Publishers Weekly, Rep Picks for Fall 2010
"A thought-provoking and always entertaining series of observations about what (Zeaman) has learned from dogs and dog walking....Anyone who has ever owned a dog will treasure this wonderful book."- Alan Caruba, Editor / Bookviews.com "Memoir readers—not just New Jerseyans or nature lovers/dog people—will find this book’s gentle humor and wisdom, its exploration of the strange and ordinary, thoroughly absorbing. Highly recommended." —Library Journal "These essays are alternatively humorous and poignant . . . The author speaks from a place of great affection for dogs, nature, doggie dads (that "brotherhood of dupes"), and New Jersey." --Publishers Weekly
"If you've even felt that the simple pleasure of walking a dog elevates an outing in nature to the sublime, you'll have plenty to relate to in Zeaman's funny and joyful memoir of his years as the family dog-walker. An entertaining, thought-provoking narrative about the search for wholeness in an increasingly artificial world, dog lovers will relate to Zeaman's observations on how this simple task can open up unexpected worlds." --Modern Dog Magazine