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Introducing: The Pet Travel Book Club

Last week I told you about my exciting new venture, blogging about pet travel books and movies on A Traveler’s Library. I semi-jokingly said, “Can a pet travel book club be far behind?” Several of you expressed enthusiasm.

We’re on.

Phase 1

Here’s the plan. I will tell you — at least a month in advance — which book I will be reviewing on A Traveler’s Library and on what date.

On that date, I will post two reviews. The one on A Traveler’s Library will be more, well, literary. I’ll discuss the work primarily on its merits as a book or film, one that creates a strong sense of place, character, etc. Animals will be important, of course, but in context.

The other, on this blog, will be more pet-geek oriented, catering to my typical readers. I’ll talk about how the animals were depicted, the human-animal interactions handled. You know, stuff that we pet obsessed folks tend to notice but can’t discuss in other circles without being thought slightly insane.

Those who read the book can — and I hope will — comment on both blogs.

Phase 2

It gets better.  As often as possible, I will choose books by living authors — or filmmakers, if I can find them — and invite them to participate in the conversation. If I can, I’ll record the interview and post the podcast on Animal Cafe. If that’s not feasible, I’ll send an email Q & A and post the answers here.

I’ll depend on you, dear book club members, to suggest questions you would like me to ask, whether literary, travel or pet oriented. Just try to keep it clean — though discussing poop is perfectly permissible.

The First Pet Travel Book Club Selection

There might be an earlier example of the genre but I don’t know of any pet travel book that has influenced more writers than Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. I’m reading it for the first time and am delighted by both its literary and pet geek appeal. Charley the poodle is quite a personality.

Date of Discussion: Thursday, November 10. I’ll remind you as the deadline approaches.

There’ll be no follow-up interviews this time — unless I can find an animal communicator to channel Charley — but I hope a lot of people will participate anyway.

One more thing

In case you’re wondering how my life has come to this — i.e., the split-screen division of interests — be sure to go A Traveler’s Library and read the Q & A I did with the site creator and my longtime friend, the talented Vera Marie Badertscher.  She asked me great questions that really made me think. I hope that shows in my answers.

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  1. Posted October 6, 2011 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    This is kind of a funky idea. I’ve participated in a few book clubs before but it always ended up being more about the wine than about literature. Usually I was the only geek who’d actually read the entire thing.
    It takes guts to admit this, so please be kind, but I’ve never read anything by Steinbeck before, not even The Grapes of Wrath. So I will give this my best shot!

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 6, 2011 at 7:33 am | Permalink

      We can drink privately, while discussing the books! No one will even know what time it is. I didn’t read the Grapes of Wrath either and a lot of the other epic Steinbeck books; I think I read Of Mice and Men and The Pearl in high school. The good thing about an online book club is that no one will know if you don’t have *a lot* to say; whatever you say will be an important part of the discussion. I’ve never been in a book club at all — the equivalent of your never having read Steinbeck — so I’m a little nervous myself (will anyone show up? was this a dumb idea) but I hope it’ll be fun.

  2. Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Charley is a poodle? I was in before you mentioned that, but now I’m definitely in. 🙂

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      Yes! It kind of surprised me too but Charley is a poodle. I’m glad you’re in — you’ll love the book.

  3. Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Will there be wine? It’s not really a book club without wine ;0) This is a neat idea I’m a little busy right now, but in a few weeks, I hope to jump right in. I t sounds like fun!

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      I see no reason that there shouldn’t be wine — and no one will know if you have a second or third glass ;-). I’m glad you’ll join us, whether sooner or later!

  4. Sheryl R
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I’m in!

    Books with animals are WAY more interesting than the books we read in the last Book Club I participated in.

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      I so agree! Every book benefits from animals 😉

  5. Posted October 9, 2011 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Cool idea! I can’t wait… I’m a book nerd, so this is right up my alley.

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 9, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

      Excellent! I’ll look forward to your participation. I just finished Travels with Charley — it was terrific.

  6. S. L.
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I suggest you read “Travels with Lizbeth” next. ( It is a autobiographical book by a man who was homeless with his dog for many years and it is brilliantly written and very interesting.

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      I remember reading great reviews of this book when it first came out. Thanks for reminding me; I’ll definitely check it out.

  7. Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    This is really cool Edie! I loved Grapes of Wrath. I’ve never heard of Travels with Charley before. I’m going to have to go shopping!

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      I think you’ll really enjoy it, Mel.

  8. Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    For pet travel books, check out my recently published _Pick-Up Dogs: How Two Rescue Dogs Save the West from Being Won_. It’s a _Travels With Charley_ for 2011. See this write-up:

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for letting me know. I’ll check it out!

  9. Posted October 16, 2011 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    What a great idea! We’re looking forward to it!
    Diane and Cosmo

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 16, 2011 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      Terrific! I’m so glad you’ll be participating.

  10. Hoy
    Posted October 23, 2011 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    This is fun!! I love “Travels with Charley.” I read it a few years ago when I got my dog Mili. Yes, Charley is a black French Poodle.

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