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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Ill edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061238228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061238222
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,797 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
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"Oh my. I don't think I've ever seen anything so cute in my life." Thus author Grogan's wife sealed their fate when they "just went to look" at a litter of Labrador retriever puppies and ended up picking out Marley. Maybe their first clue should have been that the breeder had discounted the price on their puppy, or when they saw his father charging out of the woods covered in mud with a crazed but joyous look in his eye. Despite these portents, Marley entered their lives, and nothing was ever the same again. Between careening through screen doors and swallowing everything that would fit in his mouth, Marley also managed to comfort these two when they miscarried their first child. Although Marley got kicked out of obedience training after he dragged the instructor across the parking lot and terrorized his pet sitter, he also landed a minor role in a straight-to-video movie. Marley, incorrigible though he was, had inserted himself into the author's life in a way no normal dog could. A warm, friendly -memoir-with-dog. Nancy Bent
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Customer Reviews

John Grogan is a wonderful writer -- funny, warm, and a great story teller.
Linda Guthrie
His and his family's love for this dog was unconditional, just as a dog's love for us is unconditional.
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John Grogan's Marley and Me will make you laugh out loud and in the same instance will make you cry.
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813 of 870 people found the following review helpful By Carol Engan Borrelli (author) on October 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just finished Marley and Me last night. I picked it up last weekend at Barnes & Noble as I was walking near the magazines. The adorable photo on the cover caught my eye....they had a display of the book out in the open. Being an avid animal and dog lover, I couldn't pass it up.

Needless to say, I devoured the book in two days. I loved it. To me it was so refreshing to see such commitment in another dog owner. I have always believed that when you adopt a pet it should be part of the family, and it is a lifelong commitment. You don't give up and get rid of them, just because of hard times or problems.

I applaud Mr. Grogan, and his family, for being the kind of people who love and care for their dog friends and for writing such a heartfelt tribute to his pal, Marley. Pets ask for so little and return so much.

I have had many dogs and I always get a kick out of the commercial on TV for a new ziplock dogfood bag for a certain chow...they use the expression "Dogs Rule". How perfect. There is nothing quite like having a dog, whether they have impeccable manners or not.

I laughed and I cried and I understood everything that Mr. Grogan had to say. I also live in Florida so I felt a special connection to the Grogans when they were speaking of the culture here and the thunderstorms--and how dogs hate them.

All in all, Mr. Grogan's writing is clear and interesting and down to earth. I couldn't put the book down. It is a joy.

I even went so far and to visit the website he has listed in the book. There was an email address to write to him, which I did, and I was absolutely amazed when Mr. Grogan wrote back to me three hours later to thank me for my nice comments.

Do yourself a favor and read the book.....you'll close it in the end and your heart will feel like it is too large to fit inside your chest.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sunny37 on May 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book really not knowing anything about it, but loved the title. I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read, anyone who is a dog lover I am confident will agree. I laughed, I was touched, and I cried, oh boy did I cry!! I just related to this true story in a way I have never related to a book before, and I felt as though I had become part of the Grogan family in some small way. It is an easy read, but very entertaining, and most enjoyable.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Fercho on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"So, lets see, we want to buy a dog do we? Both my wife and I work full time outside the home, have never owned dogs on our own and never did any research into the characteristics of the breed...I know lets buy a Lab puppy... oh and lets take the alpha male pup just for good measure!" Great idea, lets get a breed that to produce a happy, well adjusted dog requires copious amounts of daily exercise, mental stimulation, and human or canine companionship "No we won't run with it, hunt with it, do agility training with it, or get another dog to keep it company....we'll just lock it up in the garage for most of the day, and take it around the block when the urge strikes us." Anyone who has owned a Lab or any of the sporting breeds knows that as pups they are demanding, high energy dogs that require exercise, discipline, and love in that order. You are almost guarateed to have a destructive, neurotic, disobedient Lab on your hands by locking it up alone in a garage all day. Yes some of the author's doggie trials and tribulations were funny and touching...but Marley was by no means the world's worst dog...just a poor ole Lab who never got to do the things that breed was meant to do.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Silver Dragon on August 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
The only reason I read this book at all was because it was recommended to me by someone at the dog run as being a nice book about a dog. Below is my review.

As the proud owner of a large breed puppy who is not even 6 months old, I found this book offensive. The Grogans seem to have allowed every single bad habit and behavior to persist and then complained about it when Marley became a 90 lb adult Lab. They seem to have basically ignored Marley --- when I brought my puppy home, my whole family made a huge fuss about him and hung out with him and we had him sleeping in our bedroom (in a crate, of course).

Grogan just dumps this 8-week-old puppy in his garage and goes about his business as though Marley did not exist... some welcome home that is!

The obedience school instructor either was the worst instructor on the planet, or none of that really happened: a real instructor should first of all know how to control all sorts of dogs, should be ready for all kinds of craziness, and should attempt to communicate with the dog they are trying to train. But if this really did happen, couldn't they have just found another trainer who knew his/her business?

He made no effort to restrain Marley or confine him to a room, if crates were not the fashion then, and then complains to high heaven that the dog is all over the place.

The commentary Grogan spouted while he was taking Marley in to be fixed was perfectly disgusting. Also, the methods used to get Marley to quit jumping up on people, for instance, were also pretty offputting. Actually, "brutal" is a better word.

Last but not least, Grogan seems to take up a lot of the book talking about his married life (I'm being delicate). Why do we have to wade through this?
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