If you only ever read one dog biography in your life, make it this one. There you go, publishers: there’s your free blurb.
There wasn’t really a good reason for me to pick this book up – I was vaguely aware of Rin Tin Tin but didn’t know much about him besides the fact that he was a movie dog during the 1940’s (this is only partially true, it turns out, but we’ll get to that). I had two reasons for wanting to read this book. First, it’s by Susan Orlean, who could probably write an investigative story about the time she watched paint dry and it would be riveting. And secondly, I just really like dogs and reading about the people who love them makes me happy okay.