Openly gay author Benoit Denizet-Lewis and his nine-year-old Labrador-mix, Casey, travel 13,000 miles across America in an RV. They spend time with homeless dog owners, celebrity dog lovers, dog rescuers, K9 cops, dog-wielding hitchhikers, dog trainers (including Cesar Millan), show dog contestants, a man who lives with wolf-dogs, and Denizet-Lewis’s former middle-school English teacher who now works as a “dog masseur.” The incredible cast of characters includes many gay people.
At the start of the journey, Denizet-Lewis finds himself wondering how much Casey (who can be moody) actually likes him. He isn’t sure his dog wants to spend four months with him in an RV, a feeling that is only cemented when Casey takes weeks to get comfortable in his new home on wheels. (Things get so bad that Denizet-Lewis even visits a therapist who helps humans with their “dog issues.”) By the end of their adventure, though, man and dog manage to work things out—and Casey teaches Denizet-Lewis surprising lessons about himself. Simon & Schuster (simonandschuster.com). —Troy Carrington