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

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HarperCollins, Oct 18, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 291 pages
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The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the
wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women's undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good—Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, "Don't hesitate to use these."

And yet Marley's heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley shared the couple's joy at their first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over the miscarriage. He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

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User Review  - krau0098 - LibraryThing

This book was very well written and very engaging. It is especially endearing to dog lovers or just pet lovers in general. Especially those who have dealt with difficult but lovable pets. Grogon does ... Read full review

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User Review  - murphyspuffers - Overstock.com

I had a MurphyMarley who was my best friend for 18 yrs. No human being could compare to the love this animal shared with me. The best of my life very very similar to Marley esp. pooping in the water. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

John Grogan is the author of the #1 adult bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, which inspired the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other and the #1 bestselling picture book Bad Dog, Marley! He is also the author of the bestselling A Very Marley Christmas, Marley Goes to School, and Marley and the Kittens. John lives with his wife and three children and their new dogs, Gracie and Woodson, in the Pennsylvania countryside.

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John Grogan ha sido un premiado reportero grÁfico y columnista por mÁs de veinticinco aÑos. Vive en Pensilvania con su esposa Jenny y sus tres hijos.

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