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Pets in America: A History

Pets in America: A History
Author: Katherine C. Grier
ISBN 13: 9780156031769
ISBN 10: 156031760
Edition: 1
Publisher: Harvest Books
Publication Date: 2007-08-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
List Price: $16.00

PETS IN AMERICA is a social history of the place of pets in American life.  With charming photographs, wonderful detail, and  accessible writing, this is a book that will do very well packaged as an attractive, commercialized paperback.  The topic holds appeal for a wide audience and there is much material in the book for marketing and selling in a creative way.  This is solid history of a popular topic that has wide appeal—and should have a substantial backlist life.

The New York Times - Alida Becker

Grier has a nice habit of tweaking a detail to make a larger point. Discussing the popularity of caged birds throughout the 19th century their "apparent monogamy and devoted parenting" was inspirational she reminds us that their singing was treasured in a way we may have difficulty appreciating: "We live in a world where recorded music, radios and television sets bathe us in constant chatter and music. The silence of rooms in the past is now largely unknown."