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Marley & me : life and love with the world's worst dog
2005
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Genre
NonFiction
Animal
Cinematization
Topics
Dogs
Animals
Labrador retriever
Dog Training
Human-animal relationships
Family relationships
Pets
Setting
West Palm beach, Florida - South (U.S.)
Florida - South (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Okay, maybe he chewed things and ran into screen doors, but Marley also taught Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Grogan the meaning of love. Morrow's big hit at BEA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Labrador retrievers are generally considered even-tempered, calm and reliable-and then there's Marley, the subject of this delightful tribute to one Lab who doesn't fit the mold. Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife, Jenny, were newly married and living in West Palm Beach when they decided that owning a dog would give them a foretaste of the parenthood they anticipated. Marley was a sweet, affectionate puppy who grew into a lovably naughty, hyperactive dog. With a light touch, the author details how Marley was kicked out of obedience school after humiliating his instructor (whom Grogan calls Miss Dominatrix) and swallowed an 18-karat solid gold necklace (Grogan describes his gross but hilarious "recovery operation"). With the arrival of children in the family, Marley became so incorrigible that Jenny, stressed out by a new baby, ordered her husband to get rid of him; she eventually recovered her equilibrium and relented. Grogan's chronicle of the adventures parents and children (eventually three) enjoyed with the overly energetic but endearing dog is delivered with great humor. Dog lovers will love this account of Grogan's much loved canine. Agent, Laurie Abkemeier. (On sale Oct. 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
<p>Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.</p> <p>John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.</p> <p>Marley grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good -- Marley was expelled.</p> <p>But just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.</p> <p>Marley & Me is John Grogan's funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives.</p>
Table of Contents
Preface: The Perfect Dogp. ix
1And Puppy Makes Threep. 1
2Running with the Blue Bloodsp. 11
3Homeward Boundp. 15
4Mr. Wigglesp. 23
5The Test Stripp. 33
6Matters of the Heartp. 39
7Master and Beastp. 51
8A Battle of Willsp. 59
9The Stuff Males Are Made Ofp. 71
10The Luck of the Irishp. 81
11The Things He Atep. 93
12Welcome to the Indigent Wardp. 103
13A Scream in the Nightp. 113
14An Early Arrivalp. 123
15A Postpartum Ultimatump. 135
16The Auditionp. 149
17In the Land of Bocahontasp. 163
18Alfresco Diningp. 175
19Lightning Strikesp. 185
20Dog Beachp. 195
21A Northbound Planep. 207
22In the Land of Pencilsp. 217
23Poultry on Paradep. 227
24The Potty Roomp. 237
25Beating the Oddsp. 249
26Borrowed Timep. 257
27The Big Meadowp. 265
28Beneath the Cherry Treesp. 273
29The Bad Dog Clubp. 281
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