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Relax During the Dog Days of Summer with a Good Book - August 2010

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The Art of Racing in the Rain
By: Garth Stein

Also Available in: Audio Disc
Book Description: Take a look at the human condition through the eyes of a dog. Enzo is the constant companion of race-car driver, Danny Swift, sticking by his side through all of life's peaks and especially its valleys. Enzo is a steadfast friend throughout, gleaning as much wisdom as he can in an effort to be successful in his next life, when he hopes to come back as a human.
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A Dog’s Purpose : a novel for Humans
By: Bruce w. Cameron

Also Available in: Audio Disc
Book Description: The remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives.
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Dog Days : dispatches from Bedlam Farm
By: John Katz

Also Available in: Downloadable Audiobook
Book Description: “In Dog Days, Jon Katz, the squire of Bedlam Farm, allows us to live our dreams of leaving the city for the country, and shares the unpredictable adventure of farm life. The border collies, the sheep, the chickens, the cat, the ram, and one surprisingly sociable steer named Elvis all contribute to the hum (and occasional roar) of Bedlam. On timeless summer days and in punishing winter storms, Katz continues his meditation on what animals can selflessly teach us–and what we in turn owe to them. With good neighbors, a beautiful landscape, and tales of true love thrown in, Dog Days gives us not only marvelous animal stories but a rich portrait of the harmonious world that is Bedlam Farm.” – Amazon.com
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http://www.bedlamfarm.com/bedlam_books.asp

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Home is Where the Bark Is
By: Kandy Sheperd

Book Description:  “Shepherd's winning new contemporary romance, the follow-up to Love Is a Four-Legged Word, features former model Serena Oakley, a woman once photographed covered in chocolate and voted "the gal American men wanted to lick all over." Now owner of Paws-A-While, a doggy day care, her radar goes up when handsome Nick Whalen walks in the door clutching a teacup Yorkie. He's a PI hired to determine if there's a connection between Paws-AWhile and the identity theft of its patrons "parents," and his bow-wearing pup is actually his aunt's pet…Compelling lead characters, the clever if cutesy doggy friendly setting, and a deft hand at light humor mitigate yet another heroine-as-victim.” – Publisher’s Weekly
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Thereby Hangs a Tail : a Chet and Bernie Mystery
By: Spencer Quinn

Also Available in: Audio Disc and Downloadable Audiobook
Book Description: “Quinn brings back the PI duo of Chet and Bernie (Dog on It, 2009) for their second adventure. Their latest job seems too good to be true: provide bodyguard service for a prize-winning show dog and get paid 2,000 a day, that is until the mistress and dog are kidnapped a few hours after arriving in town…This fast-moving and fun series entry will certainly please Chet and Bernie fans as well as gain new readers with its all-ages appeal…” – Booklist
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Marley & Me : Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog
By: John Grogan

Also available in: Audio Disc, Large Print, Feature Film
Book Description: Follows the life story of an exuberant Labrador retriever who gets into perpetual trouble and experiences a range of inspiring adventures, from shutting down an entire beach to guarding a seventeen-year-old neighbor after a stabbing attack.
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http://www.johngroganbooks.com

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I Thought You Were Dead : a Love Story : a novel
By: Peter Nelson

Book Description: In I Thought You Were Dead, author Pete Nelson delivers a novel that is all at once heartwarming, heartbreaking, and heart-wrenchingly funny. Most of all, it’s a story that proves that when a good dog is by your side—especially one with whom you can have an engaging conversation—life can be full of surprises. 
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James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories (2 Cassettes) by James Herriot: Audio Book Cover

James Herriot’s Favorite Dog Stories
By: James Herriot

Also available in: Large Print
Readers of Herriot's four classics and viewers of the PBS series will recognize many of these stories, which will still bring a smile or a tear to the eyes of dog lovers. Each of the 50 stories is preceded by a pen-and-ink sketch. Following each story, there are one or two paragraphs of Herriot's philosophy, outlook on life, and reminiscences about the dogs he has known. In these accounts he illustrates the various reactions of the dogs to the vet who treats them, thus providing the psychological side of animal doctoring. Especially interesting and enlightening are the descriptions of treatments given in the '30s as compared to what research has put into the hands of today's vet. A good choice for dog lovers. – Amazon.com

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time : a novel
By: Mark Haddon

Also available in: Audio Disc
Book Description: Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
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http://www.markhaddon.com/

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Men and Dogs : a Novel
By:  Katie Crouch

Also available in: Audio Disc
Book Description: Following her embraced debut, Girls in Trucks (2008), Crouch offers another southern tale in which Hannah Legare finds herself back in her hometown, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, as her marriage, business, and life in San Francisco crumble. She soon begins to puzzle over an old mystery: her father Buzz’s mysterious disappearance more than 20 years earlier. Hannah retraces old ground, hoping to glean insights from the recollections of her mother, stepfather, brother, and family friends. Yet most residents of the town prefer to remember Buzz fondly, and view his disappearance during a routine fishing expedition as a tragic accident. Hannah, however, is still haunted by her father’s absence and the thought of the family dog drifting alone in the boat. Her quest to discover her father’s true fate provides clues to Hannah’s current problems, including her trouble being faithful to her husband, even as she realizes she may find information she never wanted to know. At least she will finally begin to piece together her own story.
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