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“DOG, INC.” struts its stuff

“Thought Provoking?” It’s not like winning best in show at Westminster, but I’ll take the sign my book appears under at this bookstore as a compliment.

A friend sent me this photo, taken at the Barnes & Noble in Towson, which shows “DOG, INC.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man’s Best Friend” getting some pretty decent display (at least better than the bottom shelf of the astronomy section, as was the case at an area bookstore that shall remain nameless).

I can think of no other sign I would like my book to be under — except maybe “New York Times Bestseller.”

Alas, it’s not there yet, but it did rate the “Page 99 Test,” a website by Marshal Zeringue dedicated to the proposition that the quality of a book can be judged by turning to, and reading, its 99th page.

I lucked out in that page 99 of “DOG, INC.” contains a revelation — namely who it was that located Genelle Guzman, the last survivor found after 9/11, and held her hand until she could be freed from the mound of debris she was trapped under.

(Clue: It wasn’t the volunteer firefighters who took credit for rescuing her on CNN)

If you’re wondering what this has to do with cloning dogs, you can click the link to Marshal’s blog or, better yet, buy the book and allow your thoughts — and perhaps more — to be provoked.


Comment from Bob Dean
Time February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am

Perhaps one measure of a book’s quality can be found on ” it’s 99th page”. But another indicator should be in its use (or misuse) of apostrophes.

Comment from A Tiger In The Kitchen
Time February 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Yay! Congrats, John!

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time February 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

It’s a good point you make, Bob. Thanks for the editing.

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time February 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I stated here before that I did not expect to enjoy your book, and how wrong I was. Deplore the entire concept of cloning, but this is about who/what propels dog lovers to pursue this bizarre avenue. I truly believe that you will be surprised at how well this succeeds in the long run as there is truly nothing else like it out there. Meanwhile, despite your root restlessness, we hope that your travels with Ace are stirring your next literary pot. Rock on.

Comment from William Croyle
Time February 16, 2011 at 10:56 am


Congratulations on your book. I am writing “The Last Survivor” with Genelle Guzman-McMillan. It will be published by Simon & Schuster in August and will talk, of course, about Trakr.

Comment from Kelly
Time February 18, 2011 at 5:22 am

I am thoroughly enjoying your book, John, and the cast of wackos peppered thru it. I am savoring it slowly to make it last longer.