Author of Rooster-Oriented Memoir on "Talking Animals"
My guest on "Talking Animals" Dec. 12 will be Brian McGrory, a veteran, award-winning journalist and editor at The Boston Globe, currently writing a twice-a-week column for the paper.
McGrory is also an author, most recently of â€œBuddy: How A Rooster Made Me A Family Man,â€ which chronicles McGrory falling in love with and marrying the veterinarian, Dr. Pam Bendock, who cared for his beloved dog, Harry.
McGrory also recounts the challenges of shifting from a life of footloose city guy, regularly hitting restaurants and ball games, to that of a suburban guy living not only with Bendock, but also with her young daughtersâ€”and with the titular rooster, who battles McGrory to be the familyâ€™s alpha males, often leading beak-first in those efforts.
â€œBuddyâ€ has drawn favorable comparisons to â€œMarley and Meâ€ and generated a number of glowing noticesâ€”an extended, laudatory review in The New York Times cites McGroryâ€™s â€œsure hand for polished storytelling,â€ observing that â€œhe is able to wring maximum comic effect from the Terrible Pet genre and also to tell a heartwarming family tale without trying too noticeably to warm the heart.â€
Brian McGrory will speak with us live on "Talking Animals" on Dec. 12 at 11am, and listeners are invited to participate in the conversation by calling (813-239-9663) or e-mailing (DJ@wmnf.org).