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									John GroganJohn Grogan
After Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan wrote a tribute to his beloved pet of twelve years, the overwhelming response of readers prompted him to write the full story of Marley's colorful life. Grogan's heartfelt ode to the canine member of his family has become one of the most talked-about memoirs of the season.

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John Grogan
Current Home:
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:
March 20, 1957
Place of Birth:
Detroit, Michigan
B.A. in Journalism and English, Central Michigan University, 1979; M.A. in Journalism, The Ohio State University, 1986
Quill Award for Biography/Memoir, 2006

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Grogan's Debut

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								Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, Author: 
								John Grogan.

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Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
by John Grogan
When John Grogan and his wife adopted a fuzzy Lab puppy, little did they suspect what a whirlwind of stubbornness, destruction and vitality they were taking into their home. Join the author as we discuss his funny and insightful bestseller about raising "the world's worst dog."

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Advice for the Aspiring

We asked Grogan to tell us what advice he'd give apiring author. "More than anything, believe in yourself and your voice," he offered. "Write about what you know and care passionately about. Don’t write it for an agent or publisher or market niche. Write it for yourself. Write it from your heart. Write it without flinching. If you do, it will touch readers. And it will sell."

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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
by Frank McCourt
When asked about some of his favorite books, Grogan named Frank McCourt's bestseller. "I took a lot of inspiration from this book as I was working on my own," he recalls. "McCourt teaches that you must write honestly and candidly about your subject ... or find a new topic."

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								The Secret History, Author: 
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The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
"I was blown away by this book when it first came out, not only by the complex and tightly plotted story and the quality of the writing but by the fact that it was produced by someone so young," Grogan raves about The Secret History. In our interview, he names more best-loved books, including:

*The Catcher in the Rye  by J. D. Salinger
*East of Eden  by John Steinbeck
*Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All  by Allan Gurganus
*Madame Bovary  by Gustave Flaubert
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