Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family.
By Glen Plaskin
Description from Hachette: A personal memoir by bestselling author and celebrity journalist Glenn Plaskin, KATIE is a moving story about a man who discovers the true meaning of family after adopting a cocker spaniel puppy. Through the magnetic personality of his mischievous dog, the author soon makes powerful connections with several of his down-the-hall neighbors in a high-rise located in the unique Battery Park City neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. First, Katie trots into the lives of Pearl and Arthur, a warm-hearted elderly couple just a few doors down from Glenn. Later, John, a single Dad, and his rambunctious young son, Ryan, also move in and are seduced by Katie's charms.
All of their lives are profoundly changed as they are transformed from neighbors to friends to family, with Pearl as matriarch. The motherless boy finds a "Granny"; his Dad inherits a mother, Glenn discovers a confidante. Set in New York City, we witness nearly sixteen years of antics and family adventures spanning Hollywood high times, bad health, accidents, blustery winters, even the terrors of 9/11. Through it all, the family clings to each other, sharing a deep bond that give each comfort, support and security.
Based upon a widely-read article in Family Circle, here is an unforgettable story about the love that makes a family-one that transcends the hard realities of time, tragedy, and inevitable loss.
My Take On the Book: When families take on an animal in their home, that animal becomes a true part of the family. That is what this book is about. Katie not only bonded with her owner but with other families around her. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry, at the same time! This book is not just for dog lovers! We have 2 cats and I feel that they are a big part of our life and have bonded with friends who stop over and friends on Facebook! Pick up this book today and read it! If you don't have a pet, I bet you will consider adopting one from your local shelter.