Sniffles and Snouts: 25 Books for Fans of “A Dog’s Purpose”

Between the feel-good, viral sensation of “Little Kids and Their Big Dogs” and the film adaptation of the bestselling novel A Dog’s Purpose, be prepared for a run on your books about furry friends and the feels. Here are 25!

art-racing-rain-garth-steinThe Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

 A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog, by Dean R. Koontz ST

Come Back, Como, by Steven Winn

A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me, by Jon Katz

The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Dog Years, by Mark Doty

A Dog’s Life, by Peter Mayle

for the love of a dog elisabeth roseFor the Love of a Dog, by Elisabeth Rose

Good Dog, Stay, by Anna Quindlen

Huck: The Incredible True Story of What One Lost Puppy Taught a Family and a Whole Town about Hope and Happy Endings, by

Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Neighbors into a Family, by Glenn Plaskin

 Lily and the Octopus, by Steven Rowley

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

 Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, by Ted Kerasote

my dog tulipMy Dog Tulip, by J. R. Ackerley

One Good Dog, by Susan Wilson

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love, by Larry Levin

Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs, by Caroline Knapp

 Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes, by Amy Sutherland

Roam, by Alan Lazar

Sight Hound, by Pam Houston

Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog, by Emma Pearse

spill simmer falter wither Spill Simmer Falter Wither, by Sarah Baume ST

Timbuktu, by Paul Auster

 Walking in Circles Before Lying Down, by Merrill Markoe

What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love, and Healing from a Small Pooch, by Dana Jennings

You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness, by Julie Klam




About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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