The Pig and I by Rachel Toor

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



For every woman who's ever come home after a disastrous date or day at the office to the unconditional love and comfort of a pet, this funny, irreverent memoir poses (and answers) the eternal question: Why is it so easy to love an animal and so hard to live with a man?

The Pig and I follows the hilly course of Yale-educated single girl Rachel Toor's love affairs with a series of unusual pets, and the string of boyfriends who bear an uncanny resemblance to them, both in looks and temperament. There's Charlie, a rich albeit mousy male, who turns out to be such a pushover that he allows Rachel to walk all over him without so much as a squeal, and to whom Rachel shows far less affection than to her pet mouse, Prudence. Patrick, the kind but dull manager of a typesetting business who Rachel falls for at the same time she finds Hannah, a cuddly but quiet canine mutt. Then there's Jonathan, the nerdy, brilliant doctor who was almost "the one," and whose role as co-parent to Emma, the pot-bellied pig, becomes pivotal to Rachel's quest for happiness and self-satisfaction. As Rachel falls for each pet, and each man, the truth of her question asserts itself as the human love fades and her love for the animal-and her acceptance of herself-grows stronger.

Any woman who has experienced the pure joy of loving an animal and the often-less-than-pure joy of loving a man will recognize herself in Rachel; any woman who has fallen for a man for all the wrong reasons will chuckle as she sees her own flawed judgment writ large. Heartfelt and hilarious, The Pig and I will be cherished by pet lovers and romantic realists alike.

About Rachel Toor

See more books from this Author
Rachel Toor has been the adoring companion of a pet mouse, rat, ass, and pot-bellied pig (among other more "conventional" animals, like a dog and a cat). She received her BA from Yale and spent the following ten-plus years climbing the editorial ladder within the publishing industry, after which she became an admissions counselor at Duke University.
Published January 27, 2005 by Hudson Street Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Self Help, Romance, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Pig and I

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In this humorous if self-indulgent memoir, Toor takes readers through a string of romantic relationships with nice, eager-to-please men (whom she compares—both favorably and unfavorably—to dogs), spicing up the narrative with stories of how animals are far superior to men (and how she learned, am...

Dec 06 2004 | Read Full Review of The Pig and I

Reader Rating for The Pig and I

An aggregated and normalized score based on 11 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review