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Marley & Me: A Memoir

a book by John Grogan - a humorous account of life with an atypical labrador retriever

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An ode to the love between dog and (hu)man.

  • Dec 16, 2006
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I bought Marley & Me because I am a dog lover, because I have a soft spot for Labs and because the book was on the best seller list. It wasn't what I expected. I guess what I expected was the life and adventures of Marley the dog with some anecdotes about the Grogan family. What I felt like I got was the life and adventures of the Grogan family with anecdotes about Marley the dog. The book often felt to me that Mr. Grogan's ego was battling with Marley for the main character of the story.

That is not to say it's a bad book. Marley, while not a well-behaved dog, was fiercely loyal and loved his people very much and that love was returned by the whole Grogan clan, which is clear throughout the book. I give huge props to the Grogans for keeping Marley once it became obvious what a challenge he was going to be. As much of a dog lover as I am, I don't know if I could have kept a dog who was that destructive and badly behaved.

In the end, the book served its purpose--to help me through the grieving process after the passing of Paco, my favorite pooch. It made me laugh and remember some of Paco's wackier exploits and personality quirks. It made me cry and remember how much Paco will be missed by his daddies and me. And it made me appreciate what an incredible gift it is to have a dog love you.

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review by . December 29, 2010
Marley and Me: Nonconformist or Menace, You Decide
    I bought a copy of John Grogan's Marley & Me in a CVS two years ago (this was, of course, before I started boycotting CVS, but that's a topic for another blog post) but didn't get around to reading it until this past Sunday. I read most of it in one sitting, starved for the luxury of curling up with the proverbial good book.         If you've been following this blog with any regularity, then you know that I don't like dogs. …
review by . January 10, 2010
Marley & Me: A Memoir
I simply had to have this book after watching the movie.  The novel is solidly written and while the movie sticks pretty much to the book, there's so much more detail of the life of John Grogan, his family, and good old Marley that you'll want to make sure and pick up both movie and book.   John Grogan was a reporter turned columnist in South Florida when he and his bride Jenny purchased an adorable little puppy and named him Marley, after Bob Marley.  Marley proved, while growing …
review by . June 22, 2010
John Grogan got it right. I have had dogs my entire life, and work as a volunteer at a dog shelter. There are so many amazing little moments we have with our dogs, and that is something that usually becomes a "you had to be there" moment.       But Mr. Grogan captures all the "you had to be there" moments in his book Marley and Me so accurately it felt like I was raising Marley, too.      I hesitated to read this book for a long time …
review by . October 05, 2010
Pros: excellent story, funny, entertaining      Cons: the book is about dogs and I definitely am not a fan of dogs      The Bottom Line: Very humorous book that shows how people can truly grow around an animal and begin to welcome that animal as a major part of their lives.      I'm not exactly sure when I first started hating dogs, but I'm assuming it was probably when I actually had to take care of one myself for the first time. …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
If you love dogs you will love this book. It really is a good account of dog ownership.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Movie was good, but I find the book very hard to get into. For some reason, I fall asleep every time I try to read it.
review by . July 07, 2010
Don't Miss This One!
Has anyone ever thought about what it would be like to live with the world's worst dog? By reading this book the reader may just start to be able to understand what it would feel like. I haven't read a book with so much great detail in a long time, and "Marley and Me" by Josh Grogan is just that kind of book. Josh Grogan, born in Motor City, Detroit, Michigan, is also the author of his own memoir, "The Longest Trip" Home, and has loved writing since he was young. As I …
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
If you love dogs, it's hard not to love this book.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
John Grogan cant train his dog so he writes a comical book about the dog's bad habits.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
one of the saddest books ive read in my entire life. the whole book the guys wife is picking on the dog, and she dislikes him for doing things that dogs do. they mess up your house, make a huge mess, and dont ever clean up after themselves. and the guy does everything in his power to keep the dog. then the ending, is one of the saddest things ive ever read/heard/seen in my entire life, the movie had a good depiction of how he felt. this book really shows "mans best friend" =)
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The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.

John and Jenny were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy—and their life would never be the same. Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound steamroller of a Labrador retriever who crashed through screen doors, flung drool on guests, stole women's undergarments, devoured couches and fine jewelry, and was expelled from obedience school. Yet Marley's heart was pure, and he remained a steadfast model of love and devotion for a growing family through pregnancy, birth, heartbreak, and joy, right to the inevitable goodbye.



About the Author

John Grogan is the author of the #1 adult bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, which inspired the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other. He is also the author of the #1 bestselling picture books Bad Dog, Marley! and A Very Marley Christmas. John lives with his wife and three children and their dogs, Gracie and Woodson, in the Pennsylvania countryside.

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Books, Cafe Libri, Nonfiction, Dogs, Memoirs, Essays, Labrador Retreivers, John Grogan

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ISBN-10: 0061687200 (MM pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780061687204 (MM. pbk.)
Author: John Grogan
Genre: Memoirs, Nonfiction
Publisher: Harper; Rep Mti edition
Date Published: October 28, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages , Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
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