Tuesday, November 1, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday: Pit Bull by Bronwen Dickey

First Chapter Tuesday is hosted every Tuesday by Diane over at Bibiophile by the Sea. Join the fun by making your own post and linking up over at Diane's blog, or simple check it out to find more new books to read!

So, I love dogs. Like, I really, really like dogs - I particularly love big dogs, but I still love them all.  They deserve nothing but love and perfection, and I intend to do my best to give every dog just that. Pit bulls are one of my favorite breeds, and it saddens me to see how they are often portrayed in the media. Pit bulls are incredibly loyal, sweet, and friendly, but due to many stereotypes and exaggerations, they are often viewed as vicious fighting dogs. I used to have a black lab/pit bull mix, and she was one of the best dogs ever -  she would  never hurt a fly. (Having a big black lab/pit mix running straight at people often frightened them, but all she wanted to do was tackle them with love and kisses.)
The book Pit Bull by Bronwen Dickey explores the history of pit bulls in America and the variety of roles they played and how there stereotype has evolved over the years. I am loving this book so far for its in-depth details and compelling writing.

Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon  by Bronwen Dickey

Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon

Chapter 1

"On a hot summer day a few years ago, my husband, Sean, brought home Nola, a slightly underweight thirty-eight pound pit bull with  caramel-and-white coat, a pink nose, and eye the color of honey. Pronounced cheek muscles and a cleft in the top of her head gave her face the shape of a small but eager heart. When Sean and I visited our city's animal shelter earlier that month, I had barely noticed her. "Wait a minute," he said as I cooed over a flashier and more extroverted candidate. "What about this one?" When she glued herself to Sean's leg in the shelter's play yard, we agreed to give her a home." *

What do you think? Would you keep reading? (And feel free to join in and make your own post!) 
If you're enticed by this chapter, be sure to check out the full synopsis on Goodreads!

*Excerpt taken from the novel itself; I do not claim to own any part of the excerpt.


  1. Sounds like a great book. We have some beloved PBs in our family too.

  2. I am a dog lover but am not convinced this is a book for me; I'd have to look into it a bit more. Here's my link for today: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1id