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The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People

The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - From the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin', the warmhearted and hilarious story of how his life was transformed by his love for a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog.

Speck is not a good boy. He is a terrible boy, a defiant, self-destructive, often malodorous boy, a grave robber and screen door moocher who spends his days playing chicken with the Fed Ex man, picking fights with thousand-pound livestock, and rolling in donkey manure, and his nights howling at the moon. He has been that way since the moment he appeared on the ridgeline behind Rick Bragg's house, a starved and half-dead creature, seventy-six pounds of wet hair and poor decisions.

Speck arrived in Rick's life at a moment of looming uncertainty. A cancer diagnosis, chemo, kidney failure, and recurring pneumonia had left Rick lethargic and melancholy. Speck helped, and he is helping, still, when he is not peeing on the rose of Sharon. Written with Bragg's inimitable blend of tenderness and sorrow, humor and grit, The Speckled Beauty captures the extraordinary, sustaining devotion between two damaged creatures who need each other to heal.

Author: Rick Bragg
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published: 09/21/2021
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.78lbs
Size: 7.96h x 5.32w x 0.99d
ISBN: 9780525658818

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 03/01/2021 pg. 67
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2021
Booklist 08/01/2021 pg. 12
Library Journal 09/01/2021 pg. 85
Shelf Awareness 09/24/2021

About the Author
RICK BRAGG is the author of ten books, including the best-selling Ava's Man and All Over but the Shoutin'. He is also a regular contributor to Southern Living and Garden & Gun. He lives in Alabama.

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