I’m excited to announce that I’m joining a terrific team of bloggers over at A Traveler’s Library. I’ll be writing about pet travel in books and film the first Thursday of every month. Memoir or fiction, serious or light hearted…anything (except guidebooks) goes.
I have a few ideas, but need a lot more. I’d love your suggestions. Foreign books and films in translation or with subtitles are very welcome. So are tales of travel with cats and other creatures.
So far I’m planning to cover:
- Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck — which, believe it or not, I’ve never read. A man and a poodle head out to look for America.
- Dog Walks Man, by John Zeaman. More meanderings with a standard poodle, this time into the “suburban fringe” of the New Jersey Meadowlands. I’ve been planning to review it on this blog for ages.
- Following Atticus, by Tom Ryan. A miniature schnauzer named Atticus Finch is the muse of this book about climbing New Hampshire’s White Mountains, published on September 11, 2011. I’m reading it now and loving it.
As for films — I can’t think of any that focus on pet travel besides “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” tracing a diminutive dog’s journey back to her Mexican roots. I’m a big fan, but I don’t want to give pet bloggers a bad name as low brow in their movie tastes so if you have any other suggestions, do pass them along. For your sake as well as mine.
Can the Will My Dog Hate Me pet travel book club be far behind?
Update: If I get comments from outside this blog, I’ll add them here.
This from a friend answering on LinkedIn: The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna. Her summary: Gentle stories of a journalist who ditches his life to roam Finland with a rabbit he ran over. That sounds amazing!
And it sounds like we’re on for the book club! I’m not sure how to do this, but am open to suggestions. Anyone who’s interested, let’s start with Travels with Charley and go from there.