Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Book Review : You Had Me At Woof

by Julie Klam

This is the first Sunday Book Review in a series of...well, of one. Yes, this is pretty much the whole series. We were sent a copy of this delightful book with an invitation to review it. It's the only one I, Lola, have ever received. Blog Mom says that back in the day, when the family had a used book and record store they'd get them sometimes, and her Mom would do some reviews for the local paper. That was way before my time. Maybe before yours, too. Since that time she has not heard a thing from any publishers until now.

We are very happy to be able to give two tails up to the one and only book we're reviewing. We laughed and we cried. What put it over the top for us is that we laughed much more than we cried. Julie Klam takes us through the important stages of her adult life from single with no dog to single with one dog all the way  to married with one child and too many dogs to fit easily into New York City apartment life. 

Before she meets the man of her dreams the author meets the dog of her dreams - quite literally. She dreamed her Boston Terrier, Otto, before she found him. Her relationship with Otto has a profound and positive influence on all the rest of her life. It's that relationship that sets her free from worries that she can't be giving enough for marriage and motherhood and eventually leads her into involvement with breed rescue and fostering. All from the comfort of what is described as a small NYC apartment. 

Any dog lover will no doubt enjoy this fun, fast read. People who aren't such dog lovers would benefit from it greatly, but it's probably too much to hope that a lot of them will read it. It comes to bookstores on October 28th and can be pre-ordered on Amazon and other booksellers on the web. You'll want one for yourself and it's a title to keep in mind if there are dog people on your holiday gift list because they'll enjoy it very much and will think what a clever and thoughtful gift giver you are. 


  1. Hi Lola
    That sound like a good read. I shall tell Gail to add it to her reading list, which at the moment looks altogether too heavyweight and does not feature anywhere near enough dog books!
    Toodle pip!

  2. Hmmmm.... Lola, that book does sound great! I am gonna have to tell Daddy that Momma might like it in her stocking! She is always boo hooing over books. I don't get it but it sounds like she will do it again from your wonderful review.

  3. That book sounds great! I might have to put that on my Christmas list. We loved your review!


  4. We like to read at our house so I will have Beth check this out! Looks like a great read! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mom is looking forward to reading this book, tank youz fur da review if it!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  6. The itself makes us want that book
    Benny & Lily

  7. Thank you for the review although I won't have time to do any reading for a while after the contest. I have to get caught up with everything I let slide. I do however want to take the time to thank you for your sweet comment.

  8. Hi Lola, hope you enjoyed your pizza, thanks for your kind comments about me not being 100%, I likes your book review, I'll get mom to keep an eye open for it over here.
    See Yea George xxx

  9. Sounds great! What a pawsome review, Lola!


  10. Great review, Lola!
    Happy Sunday!
    Kisses and hugs

  11. Thanks for the review - it sounds like something the Momster would enjoy - and maybe she would read it to us too:)

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  12. Sounds like a great book! We will check it out.

    Your pal, Pip

  13. furend Lola is a famous book reviewer now! How exciting is THAT? I bets after this super terrific review, you get a whole bunch more to do. I can hardly wait to read this book! And I might even lets my mom read it, too!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  14. Thanks for your review. It looks and sounds like a very interesting book. I guess my book list is getting longer and this one will be in later.

  15. Hi Lola the Librarian!!! What a great book review.
    Mom reads anything that doesn't move...she will be on the lookout for the book.
    Madi and Mom

  16. Bostons do have that effect on people! We will have to get this book!

  17. Hi Lola and Mom,
    Great book review!!! It sounds right up our alley. A good book and a Christmas gift too!! Thank you so much!!!
    I hope Bambi's lypoma's will go back down quickly!!!! That accident proves that lypoma is caused by food!!!! The vets say differently but now I know for sure!!
    XXOO, Bambi & Fern

  18. Blog mom's family used to have in a book and record store? Wow, that's pawsome. Great review btw... looks like it is going to be in the shopping list on the hoomans next trip to the bookstore.

    Licks, hero

  19. Ok, we are definitely getting it.. Another book to keep mom away from working..

    "We" recently read "A dog's purpose".. It got mom wondering what was my past life like.. You should probably pick that up to if you have the time..


  20. That sounds like a wonderful book! Thank you for sharing.

  21. Awww I will be sure to check that book out. Well I will tell my mommy to, I can't read...don't tell anyone! hehe


    Minnie Moo

  22. Lola - Great review! Mom loves books and we'll tell her to look for this one :) PeeS - you should do more reviews, you're a natural!
    The Road Dogs

  23. It sounds like my kind of book Lola so I shall add it to my crimbo list post haste. Well done of your first review.
    Lots of Love
    Mollys Momma Tea
    x x x x

  24. Us humans could stand to learn a lot from our canine friends. Sounds like a good read. Hope the ending is happy! I am still trying to get over "Marley and Me"!

  25. thanks bunches 'n tons for the book review, miss lola! you sure are pretty good at this...are you really only gonna do one review evarrr? anywho, i told mama to put this book on our list cuz it sounds grrreat!

    the booker man

  26. Lola, thanks very much for the book suggestion. Momma has lot's of dog book and some make her leak. We'll put this one on her list of one's to read!

    The Smushies

  27. Thanks for the great book review! It's always nice to have hints for Christmas early☺

  28. I would love to read this! Had not even heard of it...

  29. Hi Lola,
    We came over to say 'Thank you'. We did our 101st post today and we realise you are amongst our earliest friends.
    Take care,
    gin n Bud


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