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The Pick of the Litter

Books to Adore if You Are a Dog Lover

What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love, and Healing from a Small Pooch
By Dana Jennings

A must-read for every dog lover—a short, tender, and uplifting tale of a cancer survivor and the life lessons shared with him by his beloved family dog. When Dana Jennings and his son were both seriously ill—Dana with prostate cancer and his son with liver failure—their twelve-year-old miniature poodle Bijou became even more than a pet and teacher. She became a healing presence in their lives.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

By Garth Stein

The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein—a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—is a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life... as only a dog could tell it.

Dog Years

By Mark Doty

Dog Years is the story of Doty's life with Arden and Beau, two retrievers who, each in his own way, leave a profound mark on him: Arden, who likes sleeping outdoors, even in the rain, who is observant and contemplative, who is friendly and eager to please; Beau, blithe, snatching the glove from his master's hand and running away with it, a mischievous gleam in his eye, always full of daring and bounding toward his next source of amusement.

Dog is Love

By Clive D. L. Wynne

Meet Clive Wynne, a pioneering canine behaviorist whose research is helping to usher in a new era: one in which love, not intelligence or submissiveness, is at the heart of the human-canine relationship. Drawing on cutting‑edge studies from his lab and others around the world, Wynne shows that affection is the very essence of dogs, from their faces and tails to their brains, hormones, and even DNA. This scientific revolution is revealing more about dogs’ unique origins, behavior, needs, and hidden depths than we ever imagined possible.

Flush

By Virginia Woolf

This story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel, Flush, enchants right from the opening pages. Although Flush has adventures of his own with bullying dogs, horrid maids, and robbers, he also provides the reader with a glimpse into Browning’s life. Introduction by Trekkie Ritchie.

Jonathan Unleashed

By Meg Rosoff

When everything goes wrong for Jonathan, including an awful job, a sketchy apartment, and a girlfriend who leaves him, his life is changed for the better when he dog-sits his brother’s border collie and cocker spaniel. Critics call it hilarious, screwball, smart, and lovable.

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