Marley & Me

Marley & Me

Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

Book - 2005
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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.

Publisher: New York : Morrow, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060817084
0060817089
9780061718656
9780060817091
9780061687204
9780340922095
Characteristics: xi, 291 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Marley and me

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JCLEmilyD Jan 29, 2018

Laugh out loud funny for any dog lover! Marley is the best and worst dog all at once. This memoir follows the life of Marley, the big yellow Labrador and his family. Marley find all sorts of ways to get into messes and John Grogan finds humorous ways to tell the stories. This memoir is sure to pull at your heart strings.

DBRL_KrisA Nov 07, 2017

To say that I have mixed feelings about this book would be an understatement. When I read Cesar Millan's "Be the Pack Leader", he mentioned that he had visited the Grogans in Pennsylvania, well after Marley had died. (Millan visits them in a segment of his show, The Dog Whisperer, to help them get a handle on their new Lab, Gracie.) Anyhow, reading "Marley & Me", I was constantly seeing examples of the behaviors Millan cautions owners against - inconsistent enforcement of rules, allowing the dog to assert dominance, etc. And I was also recognizing things that even I, as an "amateur dog owner", knew were not helping their relationship with Marley. And that was making me feel not very kindly toward the author.

But then I read the section of the book that covers Marley's "golden years" and the end of his life. And I made the mistake of reading part of this section in the middle of a Wendy's burger joint, at lunchtime rush hour. And I ugly cried in the middle of Wendy's at rush hour.

And yet, I think about the fact that the family never made an honest effort to figure out why Marley behaved the way he did - why he destroyed furniture, or went absolutely neurotic over a thunderstorm. Brogan mentions the thousands of dollars they spent in replacing things and repairing walls that Marley tore up, and the money spent on regular visits to the vet, but they never spent any money on a professional trainer like Millan.

One of the worst parts of the book is toward the end. Marley's old, in poor health, and has recently had a health event that lets the Grogans know he's not long for this world. So what do they do? Leave him with the vet, pack up the kids and go to Disney World. If a cherished member of your family is literally at death's door, you don't take a vacation.

I remember when I was in seventh grade, this movie came out. I saw it once, and then all I know is something too summarized and condensed I'm like "Where did the time went by so quickly?" We all wanted to at least forget about it at the end and let it slip aside, yet I was very curious to find out more once when I'm older. I never forgot not all endings are full of fluff with happily-ever-afters. One presidency had passed, my time came to finally read a book when all of a sudden Roxie had around a few months left to live and that Zellie was gonna die anytime soon. Their days of expiration were alooming us, but we'll never know for sure.

This book was indeed a more specific "true story" version of "Saying Goodbye to Lulu" except... most of the story took place as the prequel for twenty-four chapters straight - in other words, the entire life of a dog - before coming to the last few chapters.

On the guest star note, the current president we have today was on pages 130-131. I never forgot to write it down in one of my journals in mid-February.

Eight years have I forgotten most of the names of the people before my initial read as a college student. This book literally related to my life sometimes, but on the contrast: the author was the columnist whereas I am going to be a journalist. Can't wait to see "The Last Home Run" on Netflix!

If you want some serious fun with this book, go for it like I did!

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mygirl1
Aug 26, 2016

A wonderful story, full of humor, loved it!

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alvarez01
Aug 03, 2015

This book is all around amazing. Its funny but has its seriousness. I love it

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catrionablue
Jun 07, 2014

NOT A BOOK FOR KIDS!!

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catrionablue
Aug 16, 2013

So sad.. but a beautiful story.. It really pulls at your heart's strings! I get choked up, that's how good it is! Again, so beautifully written!

midnightvupecula Jul 19, 2013

This is a really adorable and funny book. I found myself snickering aloud at parts and my heart wept at some sad places.

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CAROWOZFAN
Nov 11, 2012

It me took a while to get into, BUT once I got about halfway... IT WAS SOOOO GOOD!!!!

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velloxal
Sep 27, 2012

Fantastic and heartbreaking story about Marley life. Easy to read and can't put down. Was recommended by friend.

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Madymino Jul 13, 2012

Sexual Content: There are detailed intercourse scenes of the author and his wife.

Madymino Jul 13, 2012

Coarse Language: There are some actual swear words.

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ReadingintheCorner
Oct 25, 2010

"Aw, he's clearance dog!"

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