Book Talk: The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People by Rick Bragg

" From the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin', the warm hearted and hilarious story of how his life was transformed by his love for a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog."

The BookWalker

About the Book

Speck is not a good boy. He is a terrible boy, a defiant, self-destructive, often malodorous boy, a grave robber and screen door moocher who spends his days playing chicken with the Fed Ex man, picking fights with thousand-pound livestock, and rolling in donkey manure, and his nights howling at the moon.

He has been that way since the moment he appeared on the ridgeline behind Rick Bragg's house, a starved and half-dead creature, seventy-six pounds of wet hair and poor decisions.

Speck arrived in Rick's life at a moment of looming uncertainty. A cancer diagnosis, chemo, kidney failure, and recurring pneumonia had left Rick lethargic and melancholy. Speck helped, and he is helping, still, when he is not peeing on the rose of Sharon.

Written with Bragg's inimitable blend of tenderness and sorrow, humor and grit, The Speckled Beauty captures the extraordinary, sustaining devotion between two damaged creatures who need each other to heal.

Reviews & What Readers Say

" I read it in just a few hours. It’s poignant, yet laugh out loud funny. Perfect book for the times we’re living in now."

Amazon Reader's Review

“ I was born in North Alabama. One thing you will find in most homes there is the latest copy of Southern Living magazine. I still get a monthly copy and the first thing I do is turn to the very back page to read an article by Rick Bragg. I think I've read all of his books and love them because he describes the people near all the places where I grew up. The Speckled Beauty describes not only the people I know and love but the dogs. This book is about Speck, not a "good dog" but a dog like our "church dog, the dog at Papaw's store, the dog that ate the food meant for my mamaw's dog - I think I know this dog. This is my favorite book of the year. Maybe later, I'll say my favorite non-fiction book but for now, it's the winner!”

T.R. Amazon Reader's Review

“This book is exactly as advertised. I was expecting more humor and less grit. I did enjoy that the dog did what he wanted when he wanted. Mostly, he used the people as his tools. The people came across as stuck in their rural ruts of 'If it was good enough for Great Great Grandmawmaw, it should be good enough for you.' I am a rural person, but not a Southerner by any means. In that way, I just don't get it. I wanted more dog story, less sad people story. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.”

Gran Jan, Amazon Reader's Review

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The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People by Rick Bragg


256 pages

ISBN 978-0525658818

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About the Author

Rick Bragg (born July 26, 1959) is an American journalist and writer known for non-fiction books, especially those about his family in Alabama. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 recognizing his work at The New York Times.

Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.