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*An Instant New York Times Bestseller!* A memoir of love and loss, of being in the right place at the right time, and of the mysterious ways a beloved pet can bring people together, from CBS Sunday Morning News correspondent and multi-Emmy-Award-winning Martha Teichner.There are true fairy tales. Stories that exist because impossible-to-explain coincidences change everything. Except in real life, not all of them have conventional, happily-ever-after endings. When Harry Met Minnie is that kind of fairy tale, with the vibrant, romantic New York City backdrop of its namesake, the movie When Harry Met Sally, and the bittersweet wisdom of Tuesdays with Morrie.There's a special camaraderie among early-morning dog walkers. Gathering at dog runs in the park, or strolling through the farmer's market at Union Square before the bustling crowd appears, fellow pet owners become familiar–as do the personalities of their beloved animals. In this special space and time, a chance encounter with an old acquaintance changed Martha Teichner's world. As fate would have it, her friend knew someone who was dying of cancer, from exposure to toxins after 9/11, and desperate to find a home for her dog, Harry. He was a Bull Terrier—the same breed as Martha's dear Minnie. Would Martha consider giving Harry a safe, loving new home?In short order, boy dog meets girl dog, the fairy tale part of this story. But there is so much more to this book. After Martha agrees to meet Harry and his owner Carol, what begins as a transaction involving a dog becomes a deep and meaningful friendship between two women with complicated lives and a love of Bull Terriers in common. Through the heartbreak and grief of Carol's illness, the bond that develops changed Martha's life, Carol's life, Minnie's life, Harry's life. As it changed Carol's death as well.In this rich and touching narrative, Martha considers the ways our stories are shaped by the people we meet, and the profound love we can find by opening our hearts to unexpected encounters.

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*An Instant New York Times Bestseller!*
A memoir of love and loss, of being in the right place at the right time, and of the mysterious ways a beloved pet can bring people together, from CBS Sunday Morning News correspondent and multi-Emmy-Award-winning Martha Teichner.
There are true fairy tales. Stories that exist because impossible-to-explain coincidences change everything. Except in real life, not all of them have conventional, happily-ever-after endings. When Harry Met Minnie is that kind of fairy tale, with the vibrant, romantic New York City backdrop of its namesake, the movie When Harry Met Sally, and the bittersweet wisdom of Tuesdays with Morrie.
There's a special camaraderie among early-morning dog walkers. Gathering at dog runs in the park, or strolling through the farmer's market at Union Square before the bustling crowd appears, fellow pet owners become familiar–as do the personalities of their beloved animals. In this special space and time, a chance encounter with an old acquaintance changed Martha Teichner's world. As fate would have it, her friend knew someone who was dying of cancer, from exposure to toxins after 9/11, and desperate to find a home for her dog, Harry. He was a Bull Terrier—the same breed as Martha's dear Minnie. Would Martha consider giving Harry a safe, loving new home?
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      • source: Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of THE GLASS CASTLE and HALF BROKE HORSES
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        "When Harry Met Minnie made me cry and made me dance with joy. It's an exquisite tale about heartbreak and healing, critters and humans, and the little miracles life hands us when we need them the most."

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      • source: Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of GOOD BOY: My Life in Seven Dogs
      • content: "When Harry Met Minnie is a story of laughter and tears, of friendship and dogs. It shows us the loyalty and resilience of Bull Terriers--and of two women who love them. A book of generosity and hope for an era badly in need of both."
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      • source: Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club and Books for Living

      • content: "When Harry Met Minnie belongs on the shelf next to Travels with Charley and Marley and Me. But the unforgettable dogs we meet in these pages don't just help the people in their lives, they save each other. Martha Teichner has written an extraordinary story filled with love and humor about the transformative power of friendship, among dogs and people, in the thick of life and at its end. I fell in love with Harry, Minnie, their humans, and this marvel of a book."
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        A poignant memoir recounts how two dog lovers bonded over their shared affection for an aging bull terrier. In July 2016, longtime CBS News and CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Teichner was shopping at a farmers market in her Manhattan neighborhood, accompanied by her "sleek glamor-puss" rescue bull terrier Minnie, when she met an old dog-walking acquaintance with an unusual request. His friend Carol, who lived alone aside from her 11-year-old bull terrier, Harry, was dying of liver cancer and desperate to find a new home for Harry. The author, whose dog Goose had died six months earlier, leaving Minnie and her owner bereft, was intrigued and agreed to meet with Carol. Circling each other, both suspicious, they worked into a deep friendship during the little time that Carol had left, all the while acting like "two overly protective mothers trying to arrange a marriage." With humor and deep affection, Teichner recounts the play dates, sleepovers, doggie-cam observations, trips to a church "Blessing of the Animals," where the two animals showed "zero desire to be blessed," and all the other lead-ups to the eventual transfer. Emails between the two women add wry wit to the tale, which is definitely a New York story, with all the rich details of life on the sidewalks and streets, among dogs and dog owners. It's also a story of relatively privileged lives, despite Carol's illness. Readers may be shocked by the thousands of dollars the two women routinely spent on their dogs or by the fact that Teichner has had live-in au pairs for her series of dogs for the past 30 years. But that privilege doesn't preclude loss, and the most touching moments of the memoir show Teichner delicately but firmly confronting the deaths of Carol and, later, Harry. A heartwarming and heartbreaking story of friendship and grief.

        COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        December 1, 2020
        Longtime CBS correspondent Teichner has lived all over: Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, London, and Johannesburg, to name a few cities. In most of these places, Teichner had one of a series of Bull Terriers as a pet. Settled in New York City, she sought a dog companion for her aging Bull Terrier, Minnie. Finding the right match, though, proved a challenge. She ran into an old friend at a farmers' market, and he mentioned a friend with terminal cancer. Carol also owned a Bull Terrier, Harry, and worried about the dog's fate once she met hers. Would Teichner take him? Through a series of meetings, Teichner and Carol formed a deep friendship as Teichner considered adopting Harry, with his myriad health problems. Telling her story with warmth and compassion, Teichner marvels at Carol's network of devoted friends, all of whom gave deeply of themselves. Teichner's fans will adore learning about her family, childhood, travels, and many adventures, but anyone will find much to savor here--love of dogs not even required.

        COPYRIGHT(2020) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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