Book Review: “The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals”

A. Matamonasa-Bennett
Lauren Slater (2012) Beacon Press

In previous book reviews (2013; 2014), I have explored the power of literature to engage students and practitioners in discourse on the complexities of humananimal relationships. Lauren Slater’s autobiographical memoir is a beautifully written work that engages the reader and  fearlessly journeys to the complex, dark, and often disturbing aspects of human-animal relationships as well as the fierce attraction and invaluable bond she shares with animals that enables her to survive a traumatic and tumultuous childhood and adolescence.

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