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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Date of Birth:
March 20, 1957
Place of Birth:
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
John Grogan's official web site
|Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog|
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."|
|Angela's Ashes: A Memoir|
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."
|The Secret History|
"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: