by Peter Mayle
After so many books by our two-legged best friends that try to decipher our secret lives, it's so nice to have someone of our kind tell it like it really is. A dog's life can be very a good one indeed, especially if you are as lucky as the hero of our story to find an aimable human companion like Mayle, author of A Year in Provence and Hotel Pastis. In this charming, if at times too cutsey, memoir, Boy, a shaggy but highly intelligent canine of mysterious lineage, recounts his humble beginnings with his 12 siblings, his abandonment by his mother and later by his unpleasant owner, and his wanderings through the Provencal countryside until he is adopted by the Mayles an event also recounted in Toujours Provence. Judging from Edward Koren's drawings, what Boy lacks in devasting good looks is made up by his plucky personality.