THE NO. 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER THAT MOVED DOG LOVERS ALL OVER THE WORLD **NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, STARRING OWEN WILSON AND JENNIFER ANISTON** 'A book with intense appeal . . . tenderly follows its subject from sunrise to sunset' New York Times 'Not just a funny dog story . . . It's a universal story of family life and a publishing sensation' The Times 'Made me laugh so much I pulled a muscle in my solar plexus' Daily Mail 'A wonderful, moving book that even non-dog-lovers cannot fail to enjoy' Mail on Sunday * * * * * * The original book that moved millions of readers around the world and that inspired the major motion picture of the same name starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. This No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller tells the heart-warming tale of how a wiggly yellow fur ball of a puppy could grow into a barrelling, ninety-seven pound stramroller of a Labrador retriever who would prove that unconditional love comes in many forms. 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. Along comes Marley, mischievous, hyperactive and so unruly he is expelled from obedience school. How could they possibly know that this incorrigible dog could teach them more about love for life than they could hope to teach him? Since becoming a major motion picture, starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, this heart-warming and unforgettable story of a family and their haphazard dog has become a timeless family favourite.
In November 1960, Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog. His name was Maf. He had an instinct for the twentieth century. For politics. For psychoanalysis. For literature. For interior decoration. This is his story. Maf the dog was with Marilyn for the last two years of her life. Not only a picaresque hero himself, he was also a scholar of the adventuring rogue in literature and art, witnessing the rise of America's new liberalism, civil rights, the space race, the New York critics, and was Marilyn Monroe's constant companion. The story of Maf the dog is a hilarious and highly original peek into the life of a complex canine hero - he was very much a real historical figure, with his license and photographs sold at auction along with Marilyn's other person affects. Through the eyes of Maf we're provided with an insight into the life of Monroe herself, and a fascinating take on one of the most extraordinary periods of the twentieth century.
For anyone who has worried that being beguiled by puppy love might lead only to a short-lived dalliance, Stanley Coren provides the ultimate matchmaking service. Combining his expertise in human psychology and animal behaviour with the research of other animal experts, Coren classifies dogs according to such personality traits as friendliness, protectiveness, and steadiness. To discover which dogs will suit them best, readers take simple personality tests that reveal what they are looking for in a relationship. Extroverted men, for example, may be surprised to find that poodles make the ideal companions; shy women are likely to prefer the company of a bulldog; and men lacking trust might consider an independent Shar-Pei. Stories about people and their four-legged best friends - and a gallery of photographs - capture the special dynamics between couples ranging from Freud and his Chow-Chow to Picasso and his Afghan hound.
Being legal counselor-at-paw can be a very difficult job indeed! Sharing her tales of The life and travels of a law office dog is Pita the dog, as told through her lady, Joan Poulos. Pita's work is never done. Presiding over Joan's law office from her personal den, she has taken on the responsibility of vetting new clients (a smell will tell a dog a thousand words), greeting and security, and keeping up with the office staff. While away from her office duties, Pita's job consists of taking care of Joan, her lady, who adopted her as a puppy and saved her from possible death. It's a big job taking care of a lady--going on trips, going to Grange conventions, scaring away neighboring dogs, and sharing a kiss on the hand when needed--Pita takes her job seriously and does everything she can to make Joan's life wonderful.
This endearing gift book celebrates the unique connection between dogs and their human companions.There are reasons dogs are our best friends: They are loyal, affectionate, and totally committed to us. Or as photographer/writer Kim Levin puts it: "Because they look us in the eye." "Because they have wrinkles, too." "Because they are family." In this charming book, Levin artfully combines photographs with simple, insightful prose; the result is an ode that celebrates the wonders of dogs. Soulful beagle eyes. A grinning hound luxuriating in the sun. In these poignant photos, Levin captures each dog's essence and illuminates the myriad reasons why we love dogs. In America alone, 40 million people own more than 50 million dogs. Of those dedicated dog owners, about 13 million Americans say they're as attached to their dogs as they are to their best friends; some six million people rank their dogs right up there with their children. That's why everyone who has ever cherished a beloved dog-whether large or small, pure-bred or mutt-will delight in this book filled with heartwarming words and pictures to commemorate their special closeness.
A diary written by a young naive Missouri girl during the depression details her hopes, dreams and heartache as her marriage and hopes for a large family are sidetracked by grief and despair. She leaves it unfinished with the hope her middle daughter will someday finish the story. In so doing, Beth Anne Brunswick discovers secrets of her own and through faith and love finds answers and peace.
‘I miss him with every breath and heartbeat. He should have been my happy ending. Instead, he is the sad beginning to my story.’ Olivia and Luca Felicone had known each other nearly all their lives, but when they fell in love as teenagers and eloped to London, they broke the hearts of those closest to them. Luca’s parents run Marinella’s restaurant, the colourful hub of life in the otherwise bleak north-eastern seaside town of Watersford, and his mother, Angela, has never forgiven Olivia for causing such a rift in her beloved family. On a freezing January night Olivia’s life is shattered when she learns that Luca has been killed in a car accident on the M1. She is left with nothing, and after suffering from weeks of overwhelming grief, she abandons her job and returns North to where Luca has been buried in Watersford, just to be close to him – even though she knows she will not be welcome at Marinella’s. Olivia’s chance meeting with Luca’s married twin brother, Marc, leads to the realization that he is experiencing a loss almost as painful as her own. Their desolation draws them into an affair which both know has no future, but fills the space where Luca should be. It is a course of action that can only spiral out of control, and when it does, the consequences are both explosive and cruel. The Love of My Life by Louise Douglas is a beautiful novel that portrays both the innocence of childhood, and the dynamics of love and loss with deftness and sensitivity. It is, above all, a stunning debut from an author with a unique and natural narrative voice.
“The essential history of this distinctly American genre.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution In this “expertly researched, elegantly written, dispassionate yet thoughtful history” (Gary Giddins), award-winning author Ted Gioia gives us “the rare combination of a tome that is both deeply informative and enjoyable to read” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). From the field hollers of nineteenth-century plantations to Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Delta Blues delves into the uneasy mix of race and money at the point where traditional music became commercial and bluesmen found new audiences of thousands. Combining extensive fieldwork, archival research, interviews with living musicians, and first-person accounts with “his own calm, argument-closing incantations to draw a line through a century of Delta blues” (New York Times), this engrossing narrative is flavored with insightful and vivid musical descriptions that ensure “an understanding of not only the musicians, but the music itself” (Boston Sunday Globe). Rooted in the thick-as-tar Delta soil, Delta Blues is already “a contemporary classic in its field” (Jazz Review).
When the nurturing nature of women meets the loyalty and unguarded affection of dogs, remarkable connections ensue. This book showcases stories about these connections that result in courageous and compassionate acts of love and healing — for the dogs, the women, and all the people whose lives they touch. Readers will laugh, smile, and be moved by shelter dogs, police canine handlers, dogs rescued from hurricanes and dog fighting, returning veterans in need of service dogs, prison inmates who train service dogs, and everyday mutts who transform lives just by providing an exuberant welcome at the end of the day. They'll even meet a dog that dazzled David Letterman on his Late Show. This heartwarming collection of stories is ideal for anyone who loves a dog, or simply loves to be inspired.