With the dog days of summer upon us, it’s the perfect time to check out a few dog-themed fiction and nonfiction titles. Of course, we have classics like “James Herriot’s Favorite Dog Stories,” “Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck, and the popular “Marley and Me” by John Grogan. We’re always adding new books to our collection, too. Here are some of our latest; I’m “paws-itive” you’ll find something you like.
Best-selling author of “A Dog’s Purpose,” W. Bruce Cameron’s most recent novel is “Love Clancy: Diary of a Good Dog.” Cameron has a way of capturing the character and spirit of dogs in his novels and this one is no different. Clancy, a yellow Lab, and the narrator of our story, offers insight into the life of his person, JayB, who recently lost his job and is figuring out his next move. Our canine companion keeps us informed with entries from his very own diary. You’ll come across a host of quirky characters, both human and furry, like JayB’s romantic interests, Odin, the older neighbor’s dog, and that pesky cat, Kelsey. Needless to say, the dogs are the stars in this humorous and touching read.
“The Year of the Puppy: How Dogs Become Themselves” by Alexandra Horowitz is a wonderful observation on the early development of a puppy throughout a year. Horowitz documents the day-to-day development of her own puppy, Quid, starting as a newborn and follows her as she becomes part of the Horowitz household, replete with three humans, two dogs and as Horowitz puts it a “wary cat.” How do puppies see and smell; what shapes their personalities? How do they socialize with people and other animals? This scientifically researched book is quite engaging and you’ll come away knowing a great deal about animal growth and behavior.
Murder mystery fans will enjoy the latest addition in David Rosenfelt’s K Team series, “Good Dog, Bad Cop.” Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner Simon Garfunkel join forces again to try and solve a cold case for Paterson Police Department. This time it involves someone quite well known to Douglas, his former mentor, Jimmy Dietrich. Dietrich, along with Susan Avery, were found dead, shot in his boat floating in the ocean outside of Long Island Sound. Was this really a murder-suicide? Perhaps it’s connected to the earlier execution-style killing of Danny Avery, Susan’s husband, who was also a former Paterson detective. Can you solve the mystery?
Be sure to stop by the display case near the circulation desk this July through August 15th on your next visit to the Library. You’ll see pictures of famous authors with their dogs and get to peruse new and classic books available for check out. Don’t forget to grab a FREE dog bookmark while supplies last. I’m sure you’ll find them quite fetching.