Below are our top picks of the best dog related books and memoirs currently out there.

From the editors of The Bark, Dog is My Co-Pilot
With essays by writers like Patricia McConnell, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Erica Jong, Mark Doty, Alice Walker, and Caroline Knapp, this wonderful anthology moves, charms, provokes, and entertains.

Lisa Scottoline, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog
A collection of laugh-out-loud stories from twice-divorced Scottoline, a long-time Philadelphia Enquirer columnist and author. She writes with wicked humor about food, motherhood, Spanx, UnResolutions, and why pets in general and dogs in particular are superior life partners.

Mark Doty, Dog Years: A Memoir (P.S.)
Have Kleenex at hand for this haunting tale about the illness and death of the author’s partner, and the comfort provided by his two dogs throughout the ordeal. Doty is a writer of great craft and wisdom, unafraid to grapple with life’s big questions. 

Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
The story of how an adopted ex-service dog named Trixie, a Golden Retriever, deeply affected the life of best-selling novelist Koontz and his wife, Gerda. Touching, funny, poignant, and utterly readable. 

Anna Quindlen, Good Dog. Stay.
A slim, photo-filled volume of exquisitely written reflections on love between dogs and their humans, aging, and everyday life. 

Honorable mentions:

Abigail Thomas, A Three Dog Life
John Grogan, Marley & Me

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