Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,
"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday at The Printed Page is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Only one book again but it sounds very inspirational. And how cute is that puppy on the cover? I hope you had a good week with a full mailbox!

by Janet Elder

From Broadway Books for review

Huck is a page-turning, unforgettable true story of the tenacity of one small dog, the unexpected, extraordinary kindness of strangers, and a family’s devotion to each other.

Michael was four when his relentless campaign for a dog began. At seven he made a PowerPoint presentation, “My Dog,” with headings like “A Childhood Without a Dog is a Sad Thing.” His parents, Janet and Rich, were steadfast; bringing a dog into their fast-paced New York City lives was utterly impractical. However, on a trip to Italy, a chance happening leads Janet to reconsider, a decision then hastened by a diagnosis of breast cancer. Janet decides the excitement of a new puppy would be the perfect antidote to the strain on the family of months of arduous treatments for her illness. The prospect of a new puppy would be an affirmation of life, a powerful talisman for them all. On Thanksgiving weekend, soon after the grueling months of treatments are over, Huck, a sweet, mischievous, red-haired, toy poodle joins the family and wins everyone’s heart. A few months later the family ventures to baseball’s spring training, leaving Huck with Janet’s sister in Ramsey, New Jersey. Barely twenty-four hours into the trip, Janet receives the dreaded phone call: Huck has slipped through the backyard fence and run away. Broken-hearted and frantic, the family catches the first plane to New Jersey to begin a search for their lost puppy. It is a race against time, for little Huck is now lost in an area entirely unfamiliar to him, facing the threat of bears and coyotes, swamps and freezing temperatures, rain and fast cars. Moved by the family’s plight, strangers – from school children to townspeople to the police lieutenant – join the search, one that proves to be an unyielding test of determination and faith. Touching and warm-hearted, Huck is a spirit-lifting story about resilience, the generosity of strangers, and hope.


  1. Every time I look at that cover, I want to give Huck a squeeze. I hope you enjoy the book!

  2. Hi there! I am a new follower, and I wanted to say that Huck sounds like an awesome book! I found you through The Printed Page's Linky for Mailbox Monday! Come on over and check out my MM post - I had a very, very good week!


  3. I love the cover of that book. The dog just makes me want to pick him up and cuddle.

  4. I saw Huck somewhere else, too. I wondered what it was about...

    Love your new blog header!

  5. Lots of people got Huck this week! How can you not fall for that cover? Enjoy! Here's my Mailbox.

  6. I received this one as well, but my mom already read her copy!

  7. Huck is adorable. I love to read dog stories as long as they are not too sad. I hope Huck's story has a happy ending.

  8. All I can think of when I look at that cover is...awwwwww.

  9. I have to get this book, I'm already in love with it.

  10. I'm seeing more and more of Huck's adorable face. Enjoy!

    Here is my mailbox:

  11. I'm always a sucker for dog books!

    My Mailbox Monday is up at

  12. Everyone got this book this week! It looks fantastic :)


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