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Marley and Me

marleyandmeIf You Like Marley & Me…
Try These Authors/Titles

Are you a fan of John Grogan’s 2005 bestseller Marley & Me? Join the crowd — The book maintained a position on the New York Times Bestsellers list for a lengthy period, and is a popular favorite for book discussion groups! Marley & Me is a sentimental, humor-filled look at the relationship between humans and the pets who adopt them, focusing on the author, his new wife, and his overly exuberant Labrador Retriever. It explores not only the physical needs and complications of pet ownership, but also the intense emotional ties that develop between humans and their animal companions. Numerous authors through the years have captured the attention of readers with tales of humans and animals, including Farley Mowat (Owls in the Family, Never Cry Wolf) and Joy Adamson (Born Free).

The authors listed below write works in a similar style to Grogan’s, although some of them may write works that are similar to Marley & Me in only tangential ways. This list focuses primarily on books published in the last 10-or-so years. You can see even more titles by doing a Subject search under “Human Animal Relationships” in our catalog. We recommend reading the jacket blurbs on any of these authors’ works before you commit to an entire book. The titles below are hotlinked to their holdings in our catalog, so that you may check on the availability of these books at the various branches of the Lincoln City Libraries.

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien (598.97 Obr)

A Buffalo in the House: A True Story of a Man, an Animal, and the American West by Richard Dean Rosen (599.643 Ros)

Fowl Weather: How 39 Animals and One Sock Monkey Took Over my Life by Bob Tarte (636 Tar)

Chosen By a Horse: A Memoir by Susan Richards (636.1 Ric)

The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery (636.4 Mon)

The Parrot Who Owns Me: The Story of a Relationship by Joanna Burger (636.686 Bur)

Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs and Me by Jon Katz (636.7 Kat)

Merle’s Door: Lessons From a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote (636.7 Ker)

Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs by Jeffrey Masson (636.7 Mas)

A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life by Jon Katz (636.737 Kat)

Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had by Rick Bass (636.752 Bas)

Mostly Bob by Tom Corwin (636.752 Cor)

The Rufus Chronicle: Another Autumn by C.W. Gusewelle (636.752 Gus)

A Widow, a Chihuahua and Harry Truman: A Story of Love, Loss, and Love Again by Mary Beth Crain (636.76 Cra)

Clara, the Early Years: The Story of the Pug Who Ruled My Life by Margo Kaufman (636.76 Kau)

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat (636.78 M37d)

The Best Cat Ever by Cleveland Amory (636.8 Amo)

The Cat and the Curmudgeon by Cleveland Amory (636.8 Amo)

The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory (636.8 Amo)

A Cat Abroad by Peter Gethers (636.8 Get)

The Cat Who Went to Paris by Peter Gethers (636.8 Get)

The Cat Who’ll Live Forever by Peter Gethers (636.8 Get)

My Cat Spit McGee by Willie Morris (636.8 Mor)

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicky Myron (636.8 Myr)

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant Who Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer (791.32 Hel)

My Horses, My Teachers by Alois Podhajsky (798.2 Pod)

Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck (818 Ste/917.3 St33t)

My Dog Tulip by J.R. Ackerley (B Ac57)

Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish by Mark R. Levin (636.7 Lev)

posted to the BookGuide web site September 2007 sdc
last updated January 2008 sdc