11 Tail-Wagging Tales About Man’s Best Friend

February 16 2016

These extraordinary books about our canine counterparts give insight into their unique personalities, behavior, and intelligence. Whether fact or fiction, these books will help you feel that much closer to your best friend—your dog. And if dogs aren’t your thing, never fear, we have a cat list just for you.

The Art Of Racing In The Rain
by Garth Stein

Garth Stein’s novel on love, family, and hope examines the intricacies and ultimately inanity of everyday human life. Told from the point of view of the family retriever-terrier Enzo, it’s hard not to love this sentimental story.

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The Art Of Racing In The Rain
Garth Stein

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

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Marley & Me
by John Grogan

Unconditional love comes in many forms in this heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family and their wondrously ill-behaved dog.

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Marley & Me
John Grogan

Unconditional love comes in many forms in this heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family and their wondrously ill-behaved dog.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

This improbable story of a fifteen-year-old boy’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for a captivating, widely heralded novel.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon

Now adapted into a Tony Award-winning play, this captivating novel is told through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old autistic boy who relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. This powerful story of his quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for a captivating read.

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Dog On It
by Spencer Quinn

Spencer Quinn’s irresistible mystery series stars Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator, and his human Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator.

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Dog On It
Spencer Quinn

When a panicked mother approaches Bernie Little’s struggling detective agency with a missing person case, he can’t believe his luck. Narrated by Bernie’s canine sidekick Chet, this is a fast-paced tale of adventure, suspense, and the lovable loyalty of man’s best friend.

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A Dog's Purpose
by W. Bruce Cameron

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s new life leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan.

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A Dog's Purpose
W. Bruce Cameron

After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

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Inside of a Dog
by Alexandra Horowitz

This insightful examination on how dogs perceive their everyday worlds is a must read for all dog owners.

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Inside of a Dog
Alexandra Horowitz

The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs’ perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. What’s it like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time? How does a tiny dog manage to play successfully with a Great Dane? What is it like to hear the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why must a person on a bicycle be chased? What’s it like to use your mouth as a hand? In short, what is it like for a dog to experience life from two feet off the ground, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at our ankles or knees?

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Rin Tin Tin
by Susan Orlean

Spanning from a dog’s improbable discovery on a battlefield in 1918 to his tumultuous rise through Hollywood and beyond, this is a quintessentially American story of reinvention.

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Rin Tin Tin
Susan Orlean

Spanning from a dog’s improbable discovery on a battlefield in 1918 to his tumultuous rise through Hollywood and beyond, this is a quintessentially American story of reinvention.

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Travels with Casey
by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

A moody Labrador and his insecure human take a funny and touching four-month, thirty-two–state, 13,000-mile cross-country RV trip into the heart of the most powerful interspecies bond there is: America’s relationship with dogs.

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Travels with Casey
Benoit Denizet-Lewis

A moody Labrador and his insecure human take a funny, touching four month, thirty-two state, 13,000 mile cross-country RV trip into the heart of the most powerful interspecies bond there is: America’s relationship with dogs.

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What the Dog Knows
by Cat Warren

This fascinating account explores the special place that working dogs have in our society, as well as in our hearts and minds.

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What the Dog Knows
Cat Warren

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The Dogs of Littlefield
by Suzanne Berne

At turns suspenseful, wildly funny, and quietly devastating, this nuanced novel explores the terrors within the heart of darkest suburbia.

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The Dogs of Littlefield
Suzanne Berne

At turns suspenseful, wildly funny, and quietly devastating, this nuanced novel explores the terrors within the heart of darkest suburbia.

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Fifteen Dogs
by André Alexis

A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to fifteen unsuspecting dogs.The gods watch as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, become divided among themselves, and struggle with new thoughts and feelings.

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Fifteen Dogs
André Alexis

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