"A delightful story about the joys and deeper meanings dogs bring
into our lives."
Amy Tan, New York Times best-selling
"As a man owned by a dog, I read this book with delight, merriment
and deep sympathy. And when I reached the most touching parts there
was my dog's head, in my lap - he knew I had a heart all along."
David Thomson, author of The
New Biographical Dictionary of Film and Try To Tell The Story:
" Even people who don't much care for dogs, and I am one, will
be moved and entertained by Steven Winn's story of pursuit and rejection
and renewed pursuit between man and pooch. Its real subject, transcending
species, is the struggle for understanding between minds and hearts."
Adam Gopnik, New Yorker staff
writer and author of Paris to the Moon and Angels and
Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life
"Tailor-made for fans of Marley & Me but with a happier ending,
this is a funny, exciting, and often moving story of a man, his
family, and their new dog: Como, the small, shaggy terrier with
the big, shaggy personality."
Pitt, Booklist Online, www.booklistonline.com
"Despite the title and the prominent photo of Como on the
cover, this book is not really about a dog. It is about the family
into whose days a dog comes, disrupting routine and challenging
its members - especially Winn - at every turn. "
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Horowitz, San Francisco Chronicle
"Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog (Harper,
$23.99), by Steven Winn, tells of the writer's experience with the
dog who didn't want anything to do with him. The comical and hear-warming
tale follows the Winn family's struggles to win over their dog,
and domonstrates the rewards they earned in the end."
Dog Fancy, January 2010, PAWTURNER
"Dogs are, it is said, man's best friend. Alas for the author,
Como, a small and strong-willed white Terrier mix he and his family
adopted from a local shelter, didn't get the memo. Oh, sure, Como
loved daughter Phoebe and wife Sally -- but Winn? Como would have
nothing to do with him. In the Winn household, the dog was exclusively
woman's best friend. This well-told tale of pursuit amd rejection
and ordeals endured is oddly inspiring and surprisingly smile-inducing.
The author doesn't flinch from revealing his own inept moments,
nor does he pretend his heart wasn't involved in the chase for Como's
affection. The book is a good reminder of the many ways dogs occupy
our hearts and lives."
Bark magazine, No. 57, Nov. '09-Jan.
In this beautifully crafted memoir, prize-winning journalist Steven Winn chronicles the remarkable relationship between his family and the dog they rescued.
I first met Como years ago in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle, so I eagerly anticipated the release of the book itself. I was not disappointed.
Winn and his wife, Sally, had one child, Phoebe. Phoebe wanted a dog. Phoebe got her dog from a local shelter – a neurotic, shaggy, very clever terrier mix, and the Winns took on the job of winning the dog’s heart. Come Back, Como is a sometimes sweet, sometimes hilarious, consistently entertaining and moving record of the next four years as Como wins the author’s heart instead. An absolute must-read for any dog lover, or any fan of downright good writing.
Claudette Smith, Sacramento Book Review, May 3, 2010
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