MixedWinnipeg Free Press\"Part memoir, part extended essay, this quiet, understated book makes the case for the natural bond between writers and dogs ... In the most entertaining portions of the book, Humphreys looks at the canine companions of famous writers ... Humphreys’ tone is unobtrusively observant and emotionally restrained. You won’t find Marley & Me levels of sentiment here. Her prose tends to simplicity and lucidity ... The connections sometimes feel forced, though, and Humphreys doesn’t have a lot to say about the nitty-gritty realities of writing ... One gets the sense she mostly wants to talk about dogs, but feels obligated by the book’s subtitle to connect her dog discussions to the literary life ... Humphreys is on much firmer ground when she talks about how a dog can break up the desk-bound routine of writing ... Humphreys’ thoughts on dogs and happiness are also poetic and profound.