Marley & Me

Marley & Me

Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

Book - 2005
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The author presents the story of his family's love for their Labrador retriever, Marley, and recalls how he grew from a mischievous puppy into a nearly impossible adult that no amount of obedience school training could correct.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060817084
Call Number: 636.7527 G893m
Characteristics: xi, 291 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Marley and me


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Oct 19, 2020

excellent book with quite a bit of sex involved so I would only recommend it to someone at least 12 and up

Oct 04, 2020

If you have ever owned an unruly dog this is the perfect read. Marley is hopelessly naughty but you will certainly find humor in his antics throughout the book. John Grogan was a dedicated owner who laughed at him, was embarrassed by him, was angered by him, but who could no help but love Marley no matter what he did. A truly enjoyable story from beginning to end.

Sep 14, 2019

A true story of the world's worst behaved dog and the adventures that John and his family have with Marley, a yellow Labrador Retriever. When I read this it made me think of how tough it can be to take care of dogs. I know about how your dog goes through the puppy stages, the training with obedience school and the hardest part when your dog is in their last years of the their life to when you have to put them down. John's writing is hilarious. I laughed and cried reading about Marley.

Apr 04, 2019

did not like the way the book is written and did not finish it *IZ*

Aug 21, 2018

A book for dog lovers. But as much about the author as the dog which is why it's Marley and Me. Would have liked more emphasis on the dog

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!

Aug 26, 2016

A wonderful story, full of humor, loved it!

Aug 03, 2015

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

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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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Oct 25, 2010

"Aw, he's clearance dog!"


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