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Review | There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard

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A book of essays by award-winning author and journalist David W. Berner is the next best thing to storytelling around a bonfire. In There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard, Berner shares stories of “a life in pets”—from a collie that herds Berner home when the author goes “streaking” through the neighborhood as a two-year-old, to a father crying in front of his son for the only time in his life while burying the family dog on the Fourth of July. And from the ant farm that seems like a great learning experience (until the ants learn how to escape), to the hamster that sets out on its own road trip (but only gets as far as the dashboard). Along the way, Berner shows that pets not only connect us with the animal world, but also with each other and with ourselves. The result is a collection of essays that is insightful and humorous, entertaining and touching.

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Hott Review of There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard:

​Pets are a learning experience. They bring pleasure, hurt, fear, and laughter. In David Berner’s book, There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard, he shares all of the wonderful growing experiences he’s accumulated through the animals in his life.
I have to admit that while I enjoyed every story in There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard I didn’t get the point of each sorry.


Author: David W. Berner
Source: WOW! Women On Writing sent me a copy but it was paperback so I just grabbed it from Kindle Unlimited 😉 MUCH BETTER!!
Publisher & Date: Dream of Things (April 23, 2015)
Genre: Memoir, Pets, Essays
ISBN: 0990840719
Pages: 138
Grade: B
Ages: 14+
Steam: None
Setting: Primarily Pittsburgh, PA
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 What’s In A Name Reading Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Author Bio:

David W. Berner is a journalist, broadcaster, teacher, and author of two award-winning books: Accidental Lessons, which earned the Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature, and Any Road Will Take You There, which was a Grand Prize Finalist for the 2015 Hoffer Award for Books. Berner’s stories have been published in a number of literary magazines and journals, and his broadcast reporting and audio documentaries have aired on the CBS Radio Network and dozens of public radio stations across America. He teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

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Thank you to David W. Berner and WOW! Women On Writing for generously offering this book to me for review.

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