Book Review: The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years by Rheta Grimsley Johnson

26703028Title: The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
Genre: Nonfiction – Memoir
Length: 224 pages
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Publication date: April 1, 2016
Publisher:  John F. Blair, Publisher
Rating: 4/5

In The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge, nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson uses a parade of beloved dogs to take readers on a colorful journey. It’s not really a dog book in the Old Yeller sense; it’s a personal story that uses dogs as metaphors for love, loss, and life.

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Happy Friday everyone!! Today is a great day because not only is it Friday, it is also the start of a new month – a fresh reading month!

Today I am happy to be sharing with you my review for The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge by Rheta Grimsley Johnson. I requested this book on Edelweiss and was granted a copy by the publisher so  I would like to give a BIG thank you to the publisher John F. Blair, Publisher for giving me the chance to read this book prior to publication date, which is today!

Immediately when I read the summary of this book, I knew I had to read it for not only do I love a good memoir, I love dogs and the subtitle A Memoir in Dog Years was my bait. The hook lodged into me and I was done. I really was, that was all that I needed. I was really excited to read this as the concept of it is very different from any other memoir that I have read – a memoir told through the dogs the author has known. How fantastic does that sound?

I ended up really enjoying this book. It was wonderful, as a person who loves dogs, to be taken through a person’s life with the dogs they have loved and lost as a guide. I appreciated the author’s journey – not only of her life in general but of her life as a dog lover. Like many of us she grew up in a home where dogs were seen as “just dogs” and through a long life of knowing many different dogs, came out on the other side someone who loves dogs and cannot imagine life without them. I love that. That was just one aspect that really resonated with me about this book because I can relate to this.

I also just really enjoyed reading the story of a woman who was independent, made mistakes and owned them, and just stayed really true to who she was throughout her life and made a career out of writing – something she really loved even though at times it seemed like it wouldn’t pay the bills. I loved how the author writes about where she lives, her home and the area she lives in. I also appreciated the pictures that were included in each chapter. There were pictures of the authors house, people in her life and of course, the beautiful dogs in her life.

It almost wasn’t what I was expecting it to be based on the summary. For some reason I thought it would be more of an emotional read for me seeing as how I am a big baby when it comes to any type of animal, but even more so because I am a “dog mother”. There were certainly times that were more emotional than others but I felt like I was expecting this super sappy memoir that just made me cry but it wasn’t that way at all. The book even says that it won’t be that type of book so I appreciated that warning from the author. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t like that but in the end I did end up really enjoying the book it turned out to be as I am always a fan of reading about someone’s life and the lessons they have learned – a part of this one being that dogs make life so much better.

I ended up giving this book a four star review on Goodreads – I recommend giving it a read if you are a fan of memoirs or a fan of reading anything about dogs!

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About the Author9780895876652_ai_1_1eee5

Rheta Grimsley Johnson has won numerous awards while reporting for United Press International, theCommercial Appeal (Memphis), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a number of other regional newspapers. They include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human-interest reporting, the Headliner Award for commentary, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award for commentary. In 1986, she was inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame. Syndicated today by King Features of New York, Rheta’s column appears in approximately 50 papers nationwide. She lives at Fishtrap Hollow, near Iuka, MS, in the Missisippi  Hill Country, halfway between Nashville and Memphis.

 

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