Minnesota Historical Society

The Dog Says How

$ 22.95

Captivating stories of growing up, traveling the world, and relying on the strangeness of others will bring Kling fans to their feet and a fresh audience to its knees--bowled over by laughter.

Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories to readers everywhere with his first book, The Dog Says How. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

In “Circus Tale,” Kling recollects how his love of boats, animals, and adventure inspired him to join a traveling circus troupe—but it was the all-you-can-eat buffets that cinched the deal. In “Hockey Hair,” Kling spots old pals from his hometown who sport mullet-like haircuts, spurring him to unlock doors to his past. In the comical yet poignant title story, Kling straddles the world of the ordinary and one rivaling Dante’s inferno as he learns how to use voice-recognition software after a motorcycle accident.

In Kling’s classic and never-before-told stories, “the mundane becomes magical, the fantastic becomes accessible and through it all his profound sense of curiosity about the world transforms the everyday to the timeless” (Queen Anne News, Seattle).


  • By: Kevin Kling
  • Format: Cloth, 224 pages, 5 1/2X8 1/2
  • Publisher: MNHS Press
  • Product ##: 978-0873515993

Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He lives in Minneapolis.



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