Marley & Me by John Grogan
Genre: Memoir & Autobiography
Length: 291 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 42 minutes
First Published: 2005
Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.
John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with 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 grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women’s undergarments. Obedience school did no good — Marley was expelled.
But just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
Marley & Me is John Grogan’s funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives.
Quotes from Marley & Me
It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.
There’s no such thing as a bad dog, just a bad owner.
A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.
Animal lovers are a special breed of humans, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little prone to sentimentality, and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky.
A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.
Movie Trailer for Marley & Me (2008)
About John Grogan
John Grogan was a journalist for 25 years, most recently as a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Grogan is the author of two memoirs: Marley & Me and The Longest Trip Home. He is also the author of a number of children’s books. He recently served as a professor at Lehigh University and a lecturer-in-residence at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two well-behaved Labrador retrievers. Visit the author’s website →