Margot's Reviews > Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

Marley & Me by John Grogan
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Aug 20, 10

bookshelves: 2010, memoir, humorous, audio-books, dogs
Read from August 01 to 08, 2010

This dog-centric memoir follows Grogan's life from the early days of marriage and on into a familial life of three kids, a house, and a Marley--their psychotic but loving yellow lab--who serves as the constant thread that holds the narrative together. I found the story extremely enjoyable and often times very funny (particularly as a fellow dog-owner), though Grogan sometimes shared a little too much information for my tastes. Of course the ending is sad, as we've probably all heard about or seen from the movie: dogs live and dogs die. Grogan does a great job of describing Marley's doggish behaviors: his wiggliness and constant cheeriness despite almost every adverse circumstance. I also enjoyed reading about Grogan's journey in general--the challenges of marriage, dog-ownership, career management, and parenting.
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