Katie up and Down the Hall

Katie up and Down the Hall

The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors Into A Family

Book - 2010
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A personal memoir by bestselling author and celebrity journalist Glenn Plaskin, KATIE is a moving story about a man who discovers the true meaning of family after adopting a cocker spaniel puppy. Through the magnetic personality of his mischievous dog, the author soon makes powerful connections with several of his down-the-hall neighbors in a high-rise located in the unique Battery Park City neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. First, Katie trots into the lives of Pearl and Arthur, a warm-hearted elderly couple just a few doors down from Glenn. Later, John, a single Dad, and his rambunctious young son, Ryan, also move in and are seduced by Katie's charms.

All of their lives are profoundly changed as they are transformed from neighbors to friends to family, with Pearl as matriarch. The motherless boy finds a "Granny"; his Dad inherits a mother, Glenn discovers a confidante. Set in New York City, we witness nearly sixteen years of antics and family adventures spanning Hollywood high times, bad health, accidents, blustery winters, even the terrors of 9/11. Through it all, the family clings to each other, sharing a deep bond that give each comfort, support and security.

Based upon a widely-read article in Family Circle , here is an unforgettable story about the love that makes a family-one that transcends the hard realities of time, tragedy, and inevitable loss.

Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2010.
ISBN: 9781599952543
Characteristics: xiv, 256 p. :,col. ill. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 05, 2017

I got this hoping it would be along the lines of Dewey: The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World; it is not. My daughter and I (she is 11) really enjoyed that book a few years ago and but this one was not nearly as charming and I did not share it with her, nor did I finish it myself. Many details were used to just get the dog in the first place and I ended up giving up as the relationship piece sold on the cover (involving warm relationships and the dog ) just took too long to get going.

Jul 25, 2011

After finishing this story I felt sad almost depressed.The story as a whole was good.Like all long, loving, relationships, they come to an end, whether through old age,sickness etc. I hope writing this story helped Glen Plaskin get over his losses.

Infolass Dec 21, 2010

Nice story about a little dog with a personality that connects its owners with the people in his building in New York.

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