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A Summer Reading List for Dog Lovers

A Summer Reading List for Dog Lovers

Whether you’re lazing on the beach, picnicking in the park, or heading on a long vacation to a foreign locale, there’s nothing like having a good book to read while relaxing in the summer. We’ve compiled a list of books, that came out this year, for dog lovers looking to add to their summer reading list.

Just Life: A Novel
by Neil Abramson
Veterinarian Samantha Lewis and her team are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and abandoned dogs in New York City. But every day it gets harder to operate her no-kill shelter. Sam is already at her breaking point when she learns of an unidentified, dangerous virus spreading through their neighborhood. The medical community can only determine that animals are the carriers. Amid growing panic and a demand for immediate answers, suspicion abruptly falls on dogs as the source. Soon the governor is calling in the National Guard to enforce a quarantine –no dog may leave the area.

[Synopsis from Hachette Book Group]

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Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley
Take out the tissues before reading this one! When I read it, I knew that it would be a tear-jerker. As the publisher puts it:
When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog. Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.
[Synopsis from Simon and Schuster]

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Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon
by Bronwen Dickey
The hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs—and what role humans have played in the transformation.  When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed—beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Hollywood’s “Little Rascals”—come to be known as a brutal fighter?
[Synopsis from Penguin Random House]

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The Pug List: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home
by Alison Hodgson
In the fire’s aftermath of insurance battles royal, rebuilding plans, parenting in the face of life’s hard questions and a scorching case of post-traumatic stress, now is absolutely the worst possible time to adopt a dog. But to Alison’s seven-year-old daughter, Eden, it’s the perfect time—and The Relentless Campaign begins. Until one day Alison peeks inside Eden’s diary—dubbed “The Pug List”—and realizes in one fell swoop that her girl’s heart is on the line, and resistance is futile (“The pugs make me happy FOREVER.”).
Enter “Outrageous” Oliver, and the hilarity, healing, and irresistible hope that follows.
[Synopsis from Zondervan, Harper Collins]

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Earnest
by Kristin von Kreisler
Earnest. It’s the perfect name for a sweet, eager-to-please yellow Labrador retriever. Anna and her boyfriend, Jeff, fall for him the minute they see him at Seattle’s Second Chance Shelter. Soon they’re a pack of three, with Earnest happily romping in their condo on Gamble Island.

During the day Earnest keeps Anna company in her flower shop, located in a historic Victorian on the island’s main street. Anna hopes to buy the house, once owned by her beloved grandmother. When Jeff’s actions threaten that dream, Anna’s trust in him is shattered. Yet Earnest’s devotion to his two people, and theirs to him, make it impossible to walk away from each other. And when a crisis hits, it’s Earnest who will help Anna reconcile her past and embrace the future…
[Synopsis from kristinvonkreisler.com]

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Bailey’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel
by W. Bruce Cameron
Bailey’s Story is a heartwarming illustrated novel adapted for young readers from the beloved and New York Times bestselling A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.

Every dog has work to do. Every dog has a purpose.

When Bailey meets eight-year-old Ethan, he quickly figures out his purpose: to play with the boy, to explore the Farm during summers with the boy, and to tidy the boy’s dishes by licking them clean (only when Mom isn’t watching). But Bailey soon learns that life isn’t always so simple–that sometimes bad things happen–and that there can be no greater purpose than to protect the boy he loves.
[Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers]

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Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home
by Pauls Toutonghi
The true story of a lost dog’s journey and a family’s furious search to find him before it is too late. Saturday, October 10, 1998. Fielding Marshall is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog—a six-year-old golden retriever mix named Gonker—bolts into the woods. Just like that, he has vanished. And Gonker has Addison’s disease. If he’s not found in twenty-three days, he will die.
[Synopsis from Penguin Random House]

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No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
by Robert Weintraub

The extraordinary tale of survival and friendship between a man and a dog in war

Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair’s relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon not only for Frank but for all the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.
[Synopsis from Hachette Book Group]

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Lessons from Tara: Life Advice from the World’s Most Brilliant Dog
by David Rosenfelt

David Rosenfelt’s loyal readers of the Andy Carpenter series are familiar with Tara, the golden retriever sidekick. Many also got to know Tara from Dogtripping, David’s nonfiction book about becoming a slightly nutty dog rescuer and the dog that started it all. Here, finally, is a book all about the inspirational canine who taught David everything he knows. Well, he did know how to tie his shoes before he met and came to love Tara, but that’s about it.

Through Tara, David learned about dating, about being able to share his emotions, and also about everyday stuff like who gets to use the pillow if several dogs are sleeping in your bed (clue: It’s not the human) and why random barking will never be something that can be eliminated. Lessons From Tara is infused with David’s trademark wry and self-deprecating sense of humor, and will move readers to tears and laughter.
[Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers]

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Also here are some upcoming books to be released in the fall!

Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love
by BarkPost
Perhaps we’re tooting our own horn here, BUT we’re super proud of putting out this book for dog lovers everywhere!

Community-sourced and filled with never-before-told anecdotes, stories, photos, and intimate insights, Dogs and Their People spotlights more than two hundred unique and remarkable dogs. Some are celebri-dogs (oh hello, Tuna Melts My Heart and Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund) while others are just making their debut; some will make your heart ache while others will make it soar; and others simply look dapper in color.

But this book isn’t just about the dogs; it’s about celebrating the crazy, consuming, unconditional love we feel for them. It’s about the songs you’ve made up for them, the hugs you’ve given them on bad days, and all the outfits that—let’s be honest—you forced them into. It’s about the lightness they’ve brought to our lives just by being there—and having smushy faces. We hear you, dog people; this one is for you.

Available October 18, 2016

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Susie’s Senior Dogs
by Erin Stanton

The viral Facebook sensation Susie’s Senior Dogs has amassed over 500,000 fans as it advocates for the adoption of elderly dogs. Now Erin Stanton (Susie’s owner) has written a heartwarming, compelling collection of “happy ending” adoption stories for our oldest and dearest canine pals.

In this collection of success stories culled from the nearly 500 matches SSD has facilitated, Erin Stanton—and Susie—talk to dozens of adopters who’ve learned what a perfect companion a senior dog can be. From Rudy, the 12-year-old Puggle who’s a calm and sturdy first dog for two young boys, to Rocky, the shy German Shepherd who now escorts his owner on daily walks around their ranch, Susie’s Senior Dogs celebrates dogs from all walks of life. And of course, we’ll hear Susie’s own story woven throughout! Featuring both internet “dog stars” like Chloe Kardoggian and Wolfgang, as well as brand-new, never-told stories of senior dogs getting a new lease on life, Susie’s Senior Dogs will keep readers smiling and tails wagging!
[Synopsis from Simon & Schuster]

Available November 15, 2016

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