Dogs in Fiction

The Art of Racing in the Rain book coverWe’re headed for the “dog days” of summer now that August has begun, but speaking of dogs, there are many that have inspired heart-felt, adventurous or even terrifying stories that have become classics over time. Dogs play a huge role in the lives of many humans and naturally have become a big part of our literature as well.

Here are a few books from the JMRL catalog that star these furry, domesticated creatures:

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – A dog decides that when he dies and returns to earth as a man, he will model his behavior after his beloved owner, a race car driver.

Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan – Follows the life of an exuberant golden Labrador who gets into perpetual trouble and experiences a range of inspiring adventures, from comforting his human companions in the aftermath of a devastating miscarriage, to shutting down an entire beach, to guarding a seventeen-year-old neighbor in the aftermath of a stabbing attack.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron – Searching for his purpose over the course of multiple canine lives, Bailey is reborn as a golden-haired puppy after a tragic death as a stray and shares a loving bond with young Ethan before he again dies and starts over.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls – Having purchased two dogs for fifty dollars, young Billy is determined to create the valley’s best hunting team.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London – Stolen from his life as a beloved pet, Buck must learn to adapt to abuse as a Klondike sled dog, to life with a loving master, John Thorton, and finally, when Thorton dies, to life in the wild as a leader of the wolf pack.


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