Off the Stacks: ‘Rin Tin Tin’ by Susan Orlean

by Kim on October 7, 2011 · 14 comments

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Off the Stacks is a weekly-ish feature where I highlight a nonfiction book I’m curious about but will probably run out of hours in the day to actually read. I’m hoping that by highlighting titles this way, I can encourage other people to give the book a try, and, if it’s great, consider nominating it later this year for the Indie Lit Awards. Consider these books stamped with the “Sophisticated Dorkiness Seal of Curious Approval.”

Rin Tin TinTitle: Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
Author: Susan Orlean
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Nonfiction Type: History
Topics Covered: Rin Tin Tin, television, canines, pop culture, America

What It’s About: “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” debuted on American television in 1954. However, the real-life story of Rin Tin Tin was not as glamorous as the perfect pup he played on the small screen. The real dog’s story begins on a World War I battlefield and leads to Hollywood and, eventually, the history books.

Why I Want to Read It: Susan Orlean writes beautifully and manages to find the extraordinary in everything she chooses to write about. While I’m not that into dogs, since I got my cat Hannah I am curious about books that explore the relationships between humans and animals, and I think this book will broach the topic in a fascinating way.

Who Else Might Like It: Dog lovers, tv fanatics, history nerds

Reviews: USA Today | Christian Science Monitor | NPR |

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