A personal memoir by best-selling 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 16 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.
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A tear jerker but well worth the cry,,
Katie's relationship with all her neighbors
Very unique can't say I've read anything comparable
Most memorable were the descriptions of the aftermath of 9/11
Defiinitely cry!,, Reminded me so much of my own struggle to put one of my old dogs down
Loved it! Wonder if Glen ever got a new companion
Heartwarming and enjoyable
I have not read the printed version
Heartwarming, sometimes sad but inspiring
His reading of Katie, Up and Down the Hall read at times by the author is oftne better than if read by an outside source
It, was.I did nit want to stop the listening pleasure
make sure to have abox ofTissues on hand as I owna canine companion and found myself thinking, What if this happened to me.I loved the story,wher it takes places(Native New Yorker)