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Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmatians

Bespotted My Family s Love Affair with Thirty Eight Dalmatians The Sexton family s long love affair with the Dalmatian began in Linda s childhood There on a snowy morning in the family home just outside Boston LInda heard a whimpering coming from the basement S

  • Title: Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmatians
  • Author: Linda Gray Sexton
  • ISBN: 9781619023451
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Sexton family s long love affair with the Dalmatian began in Linda s childhood There, on a snowy morning in the family home just outside Boston, LInda heard a whimpering coming from the basement She discovered their first family dog giving birth to a litter Witnessing the intimate act of birth had a profound effect on the family Her mother, Anne, used the experiencThe Sexton family s long love affair with the Dalmatian began in Linda s childhood There, on a snowy morning in the family home just outside Boston, LInda heard a whimpering coming from the basement She discovered their first family dog giving birth to a litter Witnessing the intimate act of birth had a profound effect on the family Her mother, Anne, used the experience to complete the poem Live, part of her third collection, titled Live or Die , which would be awarded a Pulitzer Prize For Linda, the boundless joy of both breed and breeding triggered in her a lifelong love of Dalmatians All told, thirty eight Dalmatians will move through her life the ones that cheer and support her through difficulty, divorce, and depression the ones that stay with her as she enters the world of professional breeding and showing of Dals and, of course, the one true dog of her heart, Gulliver, her most stalwart of canine champions Bespotted is a page turning and compelling look at the unique place dogs occupy in our lives It captures another piece of this literary family s history, taps into the curious and fascinating world of dog showing dog fancy Bespotted is an upbeat and commercial memoir by one of the most critically acclaimed memoirists of our time.

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    1. I am not a huge fan of animal breeding or pet shows but the author clearly has a deep love and passion for dogs. I think they are pretty awesome too. Bespotted is an emotional and interesting memoir. Great for the dog lover but also just a terrific read. Pretty perfect book for gift giving as well.

    2. I won this book through First Reads. This review is not shaped by the fact that I received this book for free. This may not have been the best time for me to try to read Bespotted. Bespotted is the memoir of Linda Sexton, who was an owner and lover of dalmatians, showing them in dog shows. As I was about 100 pages into the book, I learned my own beloved dog (a beagle) had cancer and is currently dealing with an array of medical issues. My family would do anything for our old pup. I realize not [...]

    3. Bespotted is a must read for dog lovers. I love the way Linda Gray Sexton writes. Her love affair with Dalmatians could be a love affair with any dog, any breed--everyone who loves dogs can relate. Also, I love the journey; the learning curve we all been through with dog ownership, the quest for the perfect dog, until finally realizing all life has worth, has something to offer and is worth saving.

    4. Bespotted tells the genuine memoir of Linda who's mother, Anne Sexton (who wrote wonderful fairy tales and poems (won  the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die. )  battled with depression and how their very first dalmatian soothed her inner turmoil and helped her in the battle to stay alive. The book introduces us, readers to the dalmatians smile and tenderness. It does touch on the subject of detecting deafness of the puppies and how litters are handled. It is a rea [...]

    5. I feel bad for writing a poor review of any book, let alone something as deeply personal and visceral as this one surely was for Ms. Sexton. However, I really did not enjoy this book. I read some reviews that said this was negative, depressing, and didn't focus on the dogs very much. I tried to ignore those and give this a try, but sadly, those themes remained true for the entire book. I am a dalmatian lover, owner, and fancier, so I was so thrilled to read a memoir dedicated specifically to my [...]

    6. This fast-paced and inspiring memoir is a glance at another side of the poet Anne Sexton's family life--a portrait of their deep connection and love for Dalmations. The dogs are portrayed as "therapy dogs" because more than once they pulled the author's mother out of a deep depression, providing joy and solace, while as Linda says, the family felt they were often "dancing with death." This compelling book offers a glimpse into the power of pet therapy, written by a master storyteller. The reader [...]

    7. This book evoked some strong feelings in me, both positive and negative. In general, it was well-written. Ms. Sexton is a capable, though not especially gifted, writer.I breed and show pedigreed cats, and am very familiar with the world of pedigreed show dogs as well. For this reason, I was particularly excited to start this book. I imagine that the sections of the book describing some of the travails of showing and breeding would be of limited interest to the garden variety dog or cat owner. Th [...]

    8. . In reading this book about Linda Gray Sexton’s Dalmations, I was initially irritated by her propensity to blame others (such as her parents for letting their dogs run loose and get hit by cars, her irritation with the breeder who introduced her to dog showing, claiming that the woman had pawned off a dog on her as top quality, her infighting at dog shows, and finally that she put down her “beloved” females for fighting when anyone knows two females often fight for primacy and Sexton coul [...]

    9. This very well-written book documents the dogs who have been a part of the author's life, and describes how each relationship was different. Undoubtedly this author is an expert on the dalmatian breed after owning so many, breeding them, and showing them, and she knows even though they can be rambunctious wanderers, they can also be extremely loving and loyal animals as well. My first pet was a dalmatian who loved nothing more than to get free and run across the very busy street we lived on when [...]

    10. I didn’t buy Bespotted out of an interest in dogs. No, my interest in this book stemmed from my interest in the memoir genre, having read Linda Gray Sexton’s two previous memoirs, Searching for Mercy Street and Half in Love, and having found both books to be moving and insightful. From Bespotted, I learned a lot about the struggles and rewards of dog ownership, but what mattered most to me was how owning dogs fit into the story of a life: growing from childhood to adulthood, getting married, [...]

    11. This review is from a book won through a First Reads giveaway.Bespotted: my family's love affair with thirty-eight dalmations is author Linda Gray Sexton's memoir of her lifelong love affair with dalmations.I expected to enjoy this book, because I am a dog lover and enjoy reading true stories about dogs. I didn't expect to experience the range of emotions that I did while reading this book. I learned about the inside world of purebred dog breeding and showing. I cried and laughed as I related t [...]

    12. This book is a memoir chronicling the life of the author and how she battled through her depression with the help of a faithful Dalmation named Gulliver. It is a lighthearted read that provided me with much information on how dogs can indeed help a person overcome their depression and give them a reason for living when life is becoming hard for them to bear. Linda got super-involved with the AKC breeding program and the world of show dogs. This provided her with stability when her home life was [...]

    13. This memoir was an enjoyable read - I'm not familiar with Anne Sexton's Pulitzer Prize winning poetry (Author's mother) - but the mother/daughter shared experience of depression was familiar - though I'm grateful not to have experienced suicide as well. The healing companionship of a dog was well expressed - my Abbey is greatly missed. Not being a show dog person, that aspect of her life was interesting, if a bit OCD. I'm grateful she finally accepted a "less than perfect" Dalmatian as a loving [...]

    14. I won a free copy of this book through a First Reads Giveaway on , and is probably the best I've won since writing this review.I was not in the mood for a depressing book when I read this. There was almost no happiness in this book. The author had to deal with the deaths of her family, friends, and a lot of adorable dogs. But I loved this book anyway. It was very well-written, and I always love dog books (even though they make me cry.) This book made me want a Dalmation.

    15. 2.5/5 stars.Wanted to like it more because Sexton's gone through a lot, but I felt like Sexton's struggles and the mentioning of all the different Dals were not well-balanced (as in, I couldn't emotionally invest in both or at least one party completely).

    16. TRIGGER WARNING: dogs die affectionate story of a woman's love affair with a succession of dalmatians.

    17. A memoir of Linda Gray Sexton and how she became involved in the world of show dogs and nice insight into how dogs are so importamt to our lives.

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