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Marley & Me

Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

Grogan, John, 1957-

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Marley & Me
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Baker & Taylor
Follows the life story of an exuberant golden Labrador who gets into perpetual trouble and experiences a range of inspiring adventures, from comforting his human companions in the aftermath of a devastating miscarriage, to shutting down an entire beach, to guarding a seventeen-year-old neighbor in the aftermath of a stabbing attack. 100,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL

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 just beginning their life together. They 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. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women's undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good—Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, "Don't hesitate to use these."

And yet Marley's heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley shared the couple's joy at their first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over the miscarriage. He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.



Baker
& Taylor

Follows the life story of an exuberant Labrador retriever who gets into perpetual trouble and experiences a range of inspiring adventures, from shutting down an entire beach to guarding a seventeen-year-old neighbor after a stabbing attack.

Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, c2005
ISBN: 0060817089
9780060817084
Branch Call Number: B Grogan
Characteristics: xi, 291 p. ; 22 cm.

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NOT A BOOK FOR KIDS!!

Jul 19, 2013
  • midnightvupecula rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a really adorable and funny book. I found myself snickering aloud at parts and my heart wept at some sad places.

Nov 11, 2012
  • CAROWOZFAN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It me took a while to get into, BUT once I got about halfway... IT WAS SOOOO GOOD!!!!

Sep 27, 2012
  • velloxal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic and heartbreaking story about Marley life. Easy to read and can't put down. Was recommended by friend.

Sep 04, 2012
  • Faeron1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I thought it really showed how much people are willing to sacrafice.

May 30, 2012
  • AmandaVollmershausen rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is a gentle hearted memoir, great for some light reading. It's an adorable story, I'd definitely recommend it!

Mar 10, 2012
  • georgeritmeester rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A run-of-the-mill Hallmark movie. No doubt the book is far superior. The primary theme of the movie seems to be the unrelenting lack of common sense of the owners when it comes to dealing with dogs. You're half surprised that their children don't behave like wild savages. And, while only a tangential issue, you can't help wondering how they can afford to buy (or even rent!?) $500,000 to $800,000 homes on a journalist's salary.

Aug 21, 2011
  • emerald2pac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Heartwarming story and major tear jerker for all dog lovers.

Aug 17, 2011
  • mccloskey72 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

For anyone who loves animals this is a MUST read. I can read it over and over and it never gets old.

Jul 03, 2011
  • Rhonwen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

You should read this book if: 1) You are or have been a dog owner; 2) You want to become a first-time dog owner; 3) You have neither owned a dog nor want to own a dog and don't understand dog lovers. I think that covers everyone now, doesn't it? Those who have loved and, especially, lost pets will feel a kinship with and understanding for this family. Those who want to bring a dog into their home for the first time will be educated and entertained, and I think ultimately encouraged rather than warned off. And those who don't understand "dog people" will experience what it is like to share your family with a dog--how they grab on to your hearts like a favourite chew toy and don't let go.

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Oct 25, 2010
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Sexual Content: There are detailed intercourse scenes of the author and his wife.

Coarse Language: There are some actual swear words.

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Oct 25, 2010
  • ReadingintheCorner rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Aw, he's clearance dog!"

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