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When Steven Winn and his wife, Sally, finally gave in to their only child Phoebe's pleas for a dog, they adopted a scraggly terrier mutt from a local animal shelter. The new family pet, Como, turned out to hate men—especially the author—and proved to be a cunning escape artist. Traumatized, single-minded, and exceptionally clever, Como was bent on breaking Winn's sanity and self-respect, his bank account, and his heart.

An international sensation, Come Back, Como is the story of one man's hilarious and poignant quest to win the trust of a dog who wanted nothing to do with him. With humor and pathos, Winn describes the maddening but ultimately rewarding effects Como had on his family; the misadventures, ordeals, and terrifying events he and his dog endured together; and the greatest lesson Como taught him: that loving a dog can make us more human.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (November 2, 2010)
  • English
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  • By Karen Talley on March 1, 2018

    I absolutely loved this book! It is not just the story of an odd little shelter dog, but how that little dog affected the lives of his adopted family. I found it both touching and absolutely hilarious. (Como's first night at home with the Winn family had me laughing so hard I nearly cried!) Mr. Winn gently pokes fun at himself and his endeavors to win the trust of this dog who seems to want absolutely nothing to do with him. I can relate to this as I had one dog (a Pug) who, unlike his litter mates, wanted nothing to do with ANYONE. It took a little bit of extra time, but this sweet, gentle little guy became a favorite of mine.

  • By Guest on August 7, 2010

    I like books that gather emotional force and resonance in their final chapters, rather than leaking air like sad little wrinkled balloons (a fictional example: Don DeLillo's White Noise, compelling and engaging--until DeLillo had to engineer an ending). Fortunately, Steven Winn's Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog grows expansive in its final pages.Come Back, Como comes to an end as seismic events are shaking Steven's world and family: his wife is unexpectedly hospitalized; his daughter is nearing graduation from high school, and contemplating a college on the other end of the continent; he is in transition from a full-time writer for the San Francisco Chronicle to a "free" agent and author (imagine the rumbling anxieties, merely hinted here, that come from leaving behind the 20-year security of a salaried job for the unknowns of the writer's marketplace).As the ground beneath Steven's feet shifts, throws him off balance, his writing intensifies, causes the reader to sit at attention, hang on last words. Take this passage, for instance, when a walk on a bluff above the San Francisco bay with his high maintenance mutt Como triggers distant memories of his emotionally distant father's half-buried emotional life:"Austere and all but mute about his own feelings, my father kept duty and principle at the foreground of his life. He was a small-town Missouri boy who had worked extremely hard to achieve what he did in academic and banking, and he took a steady, grindstone approach to everything from his job to yard work to his expectations of others. Even on the tennis court he exuded a determined and largely joyless demeanor, thwacking the ball and frowning as he labored back into position for a return shot. I'm sure he loved my mother, who had a series of trying medical crises in their marriage, and my sister and me. But sometimes, especially when I was growing up in the cone of paternal silence, that wasn't always obvious.Grengy, our family dog, unlocked my father. From the moment that temperamental animal came into the house, Dad was lavish, almost foolishly forthcoming with his affection, babbling baby talk, protectiveness, and pride. Nothing was too good for Gengy--lean ham from the table; a shiny patent leather Christmas collar; the prime riding spot, right behind my father's neck, on the front seat of the car. It was baffling and even a little hurtful. My sister, Judy and I used to ask each other, in all seriousness, if we thought our father cared about Gengy more than us. But in later years, long after Gengy and then our father were gone, we've taken to marveling at how dogs and young children were the keys that flung open a door that often remained fearfully or defensively shut."Come Back, Como is rich in passages like this one, which transcend the book's ostensible subject. Yes, on one level it's a book about a dog, but more importantly and interestingly, it's about the way in which this dog's bizarre story becomes, in the author's words, "another chapter in the unexpected and the unpredictable, the perpetually unfinished story of disappointment and resilience, menace and consolation, desolation and love, that life serves up in its unforeseeable way."

  • By P.Splawn on March 14, 2018

    I chose to read this book because it sounded like my relationship with my dog. It was a wonderful, well written story and I came away feeling as if I knew this family! This book gave me some insight into my own "difficult" dog. Not advice but just making me look at him in a different way. I recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs.

  • By Steve Weiss on March 13, 2018

    Wow not at all as advertised. Purchased because we thought it would provide some insight into a difficult dog we rescued. We have trained dogs for 30 years and have a special case now. This provided ZERO insight. A story about a man who knew nothing of caring for an animal. And near as I can tell still doesn't to this day. Save your cash this is a complete hoax and a bad example of pet owner.

  • By JJ on March 5, 2018

    Was great to read an experience About a rescue pup ! Helpful since we adopted a few mo ago- glad to see how much joy she will Bring if I just earn her trust!

  • By Pamela's Cottage on March 24, 2018

    Not your usual all mush doggy human love story. A well written account of one dogs struggle to learn to love and trust again.

  • By Stephanie Brent on March 12, 2018

    This book is funny and fabulous. Any dog lover would love it. I have a "mature" rescue dog with quirks, including biting me when I annoy it with a comb or brush, so I can identify with his trials as the new owner of a dog who didn't take an immediate shine to him.

  • By Charles B. on March 8, 2018

    As the proud parents of a fearful shelter dog I completely understand falling in love with a little critter that you have no idea of what he went through before coming into your heart. A new day every day for 6 months so far. I feel Mr Winn's pain. Great read.


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