Writing Contest



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3rd place
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Barking at the Moon


Tracy Beckerman

Amazon Bestseller in Dog Care & Health, Pet Loss Grief, and Family Health

"(Tracy) is a master storyteller, skillfully presenting dialogue filled with witty repartee. She captures the spark of comedy residing in the tribulations of daily life, and the abundant joy that outweighs the chaos of stolen socks, destroyed furniture, and a dog that eats toilet paper and rocks… This work is a funny, delightful, heartwarming read that will leave dog lovers smiling." -- Kirkus Reviews

How do you housebreak a dog in a hurricane?

When Riley comes into her family’s life, award-winning humor columnist Tracy Beckerman realizes she got a lot more than she bargained for. From tracking wet cement through the house to shredding the family’s underwear, Riley is a one-dog wrecking ball. Yet this lovable retriever also brings joy, laughter, and a renewed sense of wonder into the household.

At times hilarious and heartwarming, Barking at the Moon speaks to life’s growing pains, and to mothering children both human and furry. With Beckerman’s trademark wit and heart, she reminds us that no matter what stage of life we’re in, we can learn a lot from the dogs who teach us how to stop and enjoy the ride.

Learn More About The Author

Tracy Beckerman

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TRACY BECKERMAN is an award-winning author, speaker, and syndicated humor columnist who has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and Good Day New York. Her numerous honors for writing include the prestigious Writer’s Guild of America award, an Erma Bombeck Writer's award, and a New York Emmy®.

Tracy's trademark heart and wit is put on display in her instant Amazon Bestseller, "Barking at the Moon." This must-read memoir reflects on the joys and pains of mothering a full house of humans and a wrecking-ball-of-a-dog, Riley. Tracy is also the author of the humor book, "Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir: How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs" (Perigee Books, 2013). Her first book, "Rebel without a Minivan: Observations on Life in the 'Burbs,'' was released in 2008.

Tracy likes long walks in the park with her dog Monty, traveling with her husband, and telling her kids they don’t call enough.

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