Praise for DOG YEARS:
One of the things that has been constant about Mark Doty's work, poetry
and prose, is his intense search for the exact word or phrase, of whatever issue, which lead him (and us) into the very furnace
of meaning within the human story. It might be the color of the inside of a shell of a mussel found on the beach; it might
be the recognition that the heart that feels close to dying might not die, if the will can be fed just a little.
Mary Oliver, PROVINCETOWN
...Doty brilliantly captures the qualities that make dogs endearing. The unjudgemental state
of connectedness in which they seem to live is, he feels, "a cure for our great, abiding loneliness."
THE NEW YORKER,
April 2, 2007
Marley and Me for the cerebral.
March 12, 2007
'The fact that I know that stories of faithful dogs are kitsch does
not in the least diminish their power," notes poet and memoirist Doty, who goes on to write something rather amazing... While
Doty is clearly fond of animals, his boundless affection is tempered by graceful observations.. His warm commemoration of
the lives of Beau and Arden makes... a profound reflection
on hope, and a song of praise for the dead.
Starred Review, KIRKUS REVIEWS
DOG YEARS shows both the abundant pleasures and unavoidable heartbreak of loving people, life, and especially dogs.
As someone who is in love with a dog, I found this book to be an oracle of truth. For those who have yet to love a dog, it
will be a revelation.
Mark Doty moves lyrically from the weight of a dog's head in one's hand to
the enduring questions of religion, the soul, and connection. Evocative, compassionate, a love story both intimate and
grand, this is a beautiful book.
DOG Years is about dogs, that is to say, about everything we cannot
talk about. Although Mark Doty manages to write about what he calls the 'unsayable' about our relationships with animals,
and about unspeakable times of loss, DOG YEARS is not a dark book. It is illuminated from within by gorgeous wonder.
BookSense pick for April:
DOG YEARS : A Memoir, by Mark Doty
(HarperCollins, $23.95, 9780061171000 / 006117100X) "This beautiful memoir
rings with truth, and great writing. From the very first page, Doty's careful observations -- and his intricate confrontation
of loss, love, and the nearly unsayable bonds between dogs and humans -- catch you up in a world illuminated by his elegant
language and steady gaze."
Lilla Weinberger, Readers' Books, Sonoma, CA