Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

by John Grogan
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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good -- Marley was expelled.

But just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Marley & Me is John Grogan's funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060817091
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/11/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 111,327
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

John Grogan is the author of the #1 international bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other, and three #1 best-selling picture books: Bad Dog, Marley!, A Very Marley Christmas, and Marley Goes to School. John lives with his wife and their three children in the Pennsylvania countryside.

John Grogan ha sido un premiado reportero gráfico y columnista por más de veinticinco años. Vive en Pensilvania con su esposa Jenny y sus tres hijos.


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

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HisSuperGirl More than 1 year ago
Anyone that is an animal lover will love this book. Through out John Grogans life, marriage, children, jobs, marley, the crazy dog, was there. Its one of the most touching books I think anyone could read. Its at the top of my list.
Lady_K_92 More than 1 year ago
I actually started this one still thinking it was more about the dog and at first I was disappointed. But then I started to see beyond Marley's hijinks and realized that this was more about a family and what they went through to become the family they did. Through it all Marley and his antics are a constant and binding element. Whatever they went through, where ever they were, there was Marley - usually destroying something. The ending is what you expect and I had to get down on the floor and hug my lab after I finished the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Marley through John Grogan's words. This book is so much fun to read. I love all of the stories he shares about Marley's destructive habits. I also enjoyed the look into his personal life with his wife. The edition that I have is one with some pictures of Marley and his family. I enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed the book. As sad as the book is, I still enjoyed every minute of it.
daydream_09 More than 1 year ago
I have to say this the most amazing , heart breaking and wonderful book ! If you have a dog this book will truely make you appreciate your life & your best friend ,ive cried and laugh through out his book its an amazing book !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marley & Me is John Grogan¿s touching memoir in which he recounts the stories of his exuberant dog, Marley, and how he changed the life of him and his wife, Jenny. The story starts out in Boca Raton, Florida, home to newly wed couple John and Jenny. After their first fight as a married couple, they agree to name their seemingly harmless new puppy Marley, after the singer Bob Marley, whom they loved. Grogan¿s novel is the uplifting tale of how one dog completely changed the lives of him and his wife. This story can truly be summarized by the quote on the cover of the novel, ¿life and love with the world¿s worst dog.¿ Obedient is not a word one would use to describe Marley. Marley quickly grew into a big strong Labrador alpha male, and was not easy to deal with. He could never quite understand what his owners wanted from him. He also he failed out of obedience school. One of the themes of the novel was that humans could learn something from dogs. Although Marley was not well behaved, he was always forgiven because he had a good heart and really loved his family. While I read the book, I grew very attached to Marley, and I felt like he was my dog too. I laughed at the comical things he did, wanted to throw him out of the house for misbehaving, and couldn¿t help but think how cute he was whenever he expressed how much he loved his owners. I agree with the theme, because sometimes dogs can express their feelings better than people can, and they really mean well. Marley understood his owners, too, as he comforted them in times of need and protected them when he felt they were in trouble. I liked this book because as a dog owner, it really captured how life-changing getting a dog can be and how a dog is really a part of the family. As I stated before, I really felt like I got to know Marley, and I felt very attached to him. I would recommend this book to anyone around 13 and older. I gave it 4 stars because I liked it a lot, and I found it enjoyable to read. As the book asks, ¿Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a larger than life bad-boy dog?¿ I would have to agree. I think all humans can learn from the unconditional love and the ability to live life to the fullest from dogs like Marley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is great for the young reader also
SANITY_READ More than 1 year ago
I have not cried over a book since I can remember. I am a huge animal lover and appreciated how much change one dog can bring into a families life. This book ran me through all my emotions. Everything from joy, to sadness, and honeslty had me laughing so hard at some points. Take a moment and read this book, you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the reviews for this book, I understand why my mother thought I would enjoy it as my boyfriend and I have three rescued dogs with a vast array of issues. Having read the book - I am perplexed at the lack of commentary by other dog lovers on the treatment of this 'beloved' dog. I would love to hear from other readers who were as disturbed as I was from the archaic treatment of this family pet. 1. They buy the dog from a back yard breeder as ¿practice¿ for a baby while millions of dogs are euthanized every year because there are not enough homes for them. He later describes Marley as ¿his problem¿ that he has to deal with and isn¿t it great that he decides not to dump ¿his problem¿ on someone else. 2. Marley is given a ¿home¿ in the garage ¿ enough said. 3. One of the most disturbing aspects of the book was the ¿training¿ that Marley was given. Listening to the author happily describe numerous times the choking sound as he yanked the metal choke collar again and again made me sick to my stomach. Never mind the fact that a dogs instinct is to pull against something that is choking them in an attempt to get away from the discomfort, the slightest sense of humanity would tell you that the sounds he was making were out of not being able to breathe!!! 4. I could go on and on as to the ways that this book was the antithesis for loving your pet but this part of the book brought tears to my eyes. Having previously described how Marley tried to keep Jenny company while she was on bed rest, this passage absolutely broke my heart and infuriated me at the same time. The author describes how his wife was suffering from post-partum depression and lauds her for never taking it out on the kids. Bravo. He then mentions how ¿regretfully¿ she did decide to take it out on Marley. The nastiness and coldness were enough to make my skin crawl but when I hear him describe his wife BEATING the dog with her fists that did it for me. She then goes on to tell him that he has to ¿get rid¿ of Marley. Great. Blindly buy a dog from a back yard breeder without any sort of research. ¿Train¿ the dog by choking it with a metal collar around his neck. Keep him in the garage. Finally, ignore the dog (he was only ¿practice¿ anyways) and then physically and emotionally abuse him once you have kids. I guess what bothers me more than anything is how so many people agree that this is a story about a family and their beloved pet. How can you applaud someone for not being cruel to their own children and then in the next breath describe them beating their submissive helpless animal that they brought into their home? Are we supposed to like these people? To sum it up - IF I WERE TO COME HOME TO FIND MY BOYFRIEND BEATING MY DOG ¿ THE DOG WOULD NOT BE THE ONE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt really want to read it at first because i thought it would be cheesy.(i hate cheese) but my friends persuaded me to. So i did and-boy was i wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was sad and excited all at the same time. Now i feel cheesy!!!!!!!!(i hate cheese)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was adorable, funny, and heart wrenching altogether. I couldn't put it down. Would recommend to all animal lovers!
Catie36 More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to raise a 97 pound lab? Well, if you have ever wondered you should just ask the Grogans. The Grogans were young and just starting their life together when they decided to get Marley, a yellow lab. As Marley grew into a sweet, affectionate, and disobedient puppy, John and Jenny decided to start a family. Attacking a drywall and eating his was through the wall is just one of the bad many things that Marley has done. Marley guides The Grogans through all the struggles and joys of having children. From the view of Marley, life is all about fun, crashing through screen doors, jumping up on house guests, and swinging slobber in every which way. There is only one thing that is not fun to Marley at all, and that is thunderstorms. No matter what Marley¿s owners did it just wasn¿t enough. Jenny, one of Marley¿s owners is a mother of three. At times she can be very impatient with Marley because he is so disobedient. Jenny¿s husband John is the patient trainer of Marley, who takes him to puppy classes. No matter what Marley did john knew that at one point Marley would get better, but Jenny on the other hand would get rid of Marley in two seconds if she could. These characters are all important to the book Marley and Me. Marley and Me by John Grogan is a great book for og lovers. In this book I could picture everything that was going on because the author, John Grogan did a really good job describing what happened with lots of details. There were also a few very unexpected and surprising events that took place making me more curious about what would happen next. This book is a must read for all pet lovers
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderfully touching. John Grogan is superb writer. He never wasted a word and did a wonderful job of illustrating Marley's crazy antics. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I think everyone who has ever loved a pet should read it, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marley and me is an amazing book filled with many adventures. You find yourself laughing you head off at marley and learn to love him. You laugh, cry, sweat, and sigh as you read. You become a part of the family it seems. You giggle at goofy marley and wonder how many marleys are out there. John grogan narrated the book perfectly!!! * gives a round of applause
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! Totally fell in love with this book. Made me feel everything the author made me feel. Especially during the sad parts. The movie was good too but the book of course so much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the greatest book I have ever read. I recomend it to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well told story of a man, his family and his canine best friend Marley. Beautifully written and had me in tears holding my dogs near the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. It almost made me cry but ir was really good.
MomBlue01 More than 1 year ago
I have read many, many books about dogs, & all sorts of animals, but John Grogan really nails what raising a pup is all about. I laughed, cried & thoroughly enjoyed this smoothly, well-written book. I almost got kicked out of bed, for loud laughter, in the middle of the night. My husband is not a reader, & doesn't understand how I can get so involved, in a book!!! Marley & Me is truly a must read, & one of the best animal stories I have read, in many years. I hope John Grogan writes gets a more, & quickly.:) still giggling/ 7catmom.Mary Ann EggermanMarley & Me gets a 5* rating, from this old cat lover!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me cry at times but it also made me laugh until I had tears running down my face. I read it twice - it was just as good the second time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom got me the book and I started reading the book. It sounded intresting. So far I lile how Marly chews EVERYTHING he sees. So, so far I like the thebook therefore I give it four and a half stars. I'd recammend this book for people who like love and romance books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book by far
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The nool will make you life within the first few chapters guarenteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, I feel extremely sorry to any animal that is in the care of this author and his family. I was extremely disappointed with this book. I am a huge animal lover and have three dogs being a lab. The treatment this author gave this animal was horrible, and I didn't like the way it was written either. Marley is constantly referred to as the problem dog in the book...he was far from that. Maybe if the author correctly disiplined the dog and gave it the time and attention it needed it would have behaved better for this family. I feel sorry for Marley who gave all his love and attention to this family in return for the crude way he was often treated. Is proper treatment of a dog beating it with your fists? Or leaving it locked in a garage? Or putting it in too small of a crate to transport it can't even stand up and barely move? This book talks more negatively about this animal than anything else. 'Life and LOVE with the World's Worst Dog'...hardly. Marley wouldn't have been a burden had the family knew better of how to care for a dog. This book was far from what I expected and I wouldn't recommend anyone to read it..and I'm sorry I did. The review from 'Proud Parent of Three Dogs' couldn't have been more right.
Anonymous 10 months ago
One of my favorite books of all time. I laughed i cried. But enjoyed every page in this book hated to see it end but left me with su h a thought how loving our pets are to us i really wised i vould have a marley. Will never forget the book
Anonymous 11 months ago
Marley and Me is an exhilarating story about a newlywed couple, John and Jenny, who go out on a search for a dog to invite into their home. To them, this dog, Marley, was their chance to learn how to take care of another living being together so that they could eventually raise a kid. Marley was a ninety-seven pound, couch chewing, drool slinger, screen breaker, trash eating dog. He scared away potential pet sitters, and even got kicked out of obedience school. Looking past all of the trouble that Marley had caused in John and Jenny’s life, this story illustrates how he has changed their world by teaching them about friendship, selflessness, and above all else, unwavering loyalty. While reading this book, I feel like I became emotionally involved in this family, and I grew to love Marley in my own kind of way. This book made me relate my experiences with my dog with the stories about Marley, which made the book so much better for me because it made me emotionally involved. There were sections of the book that had me laughing, and then there were sections of the story that had me sobbing to the point where I had to stop reading and grab a tissue. It's books like this that make me want to read more and more because of the way that it catches my attention and urges me to keep reading. I would highly recommend this book to anyone because of the extraordinary writing and the message behind the story. A person can learn a lot from a dog, even when they are crazy like Marley. They can teach a person how to love, and how to enjoy life and all the little things that it throws at you. I believe that this is what the lesson that this story has brought to my attention and it is something that all people need to learn someday. After finishing this book, I rate it a four out of five because I found it enjoyable to read and I believe that there is a strong and valuable lesson behind it.