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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 Reprint edition (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060817097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060817091
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,830 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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814 of 871 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'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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30 of 34 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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63 of 77 people found the following review helpful By M.E. Reader on December 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I eagerly devoured this book and chuckled along the way but toward the end, found myself really disliking the author for the way he handled Marley's last days. He sets the reader up to believe that Marley is his buddy, his pet, his loyal companion and yet when the old dog's health is failing, he manages to head to Disney for a week AND even when he gets a call on his way home that Marley is near death, decides to leave the poor dog at the kennel another day. When Marley's hips get bad, Grogan's not there carrying him up the stairs but instead, calling to him from the top "come on boy!" as the dog makes a pitiful attempt to go up to be with his owners. There are several mentions toward the end of Marley being sent to a kennel and Grogan "waiting for the call." I don't know about you, but even I (a person who is by no means an out & out dog LOVER), wouldn't sell out my dog this way. I just thought he and his wife seemed kind of cold about it all in the end. I got a feeling this Grogan is an ego-maniac, not unlike other columnists I've read, like Mitch Albom. It all seemed a little self serving, like Grogan was taking notes on his life with the dog just to get fodder for this book...he knew if he wrote it, he could suck in all the dog lovers out there and make a tidy profit. I read my copy on a library loan. But anyway, cute book but sketchy author w/questionable motives.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sweet on April 22, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I saw this book many times at the bookstore. The book cover was so cute it just called out to me every single time. Finally I saw that the movie was coming out and at the same time I was in the process of buying a dog myself so why not read the book right?
It is actually very hard to make me hate a book but this book accomplished the impossible.
I was expecting the book to be mostly about Marley (since it is his picture on the cover and since it is HIS name first), but it isn't. It is more about the author than about the dog. Whats more is that on many occasions when the author would begin a sub-story that finally seemed to be expanding the description of Marley he would not finish it. It was as if they cut paragraphs out of the book and didn't bother to check its flow.
The book just kept loosing me on every chapter. I wanted to read about Marley not about what the hell was happening in Boca Raton in whatever year.

This book is just not well written. It does not have flow. It does not center on Marley enough. It lacks depth. I didn't even bother to finish the book because I couldn't stand all the mistakes, all the shortened stories.

I love dogs, in fact I am very much in love with my puppy. I understand how hard it is to take care of dog while working a 9-midnight job but I could never imagine leaving my dog in a garage in florida all day long 5 days a week. I lived in Miami and I can not understand how Marley did not die in that garage.

On the lighter side, this book did encourage me to research as much as humanly possible on the breed of my dog and to demand to meet both of his parents, so I did learn something...
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