Books I’d Recommend

24 Apr

Walking In Circles Before Lying Down

Life’s lessons are always a little cuter, a little sweeter, a little more humorous, a little more poignant when they come from the mind of a dog.

At least that’s my takeaway from three books I’ve read over the past couple of years that that tell their tails tales from a similar perspective.

I just finished reading “Walking In Circles Before Lying Down,” by Merrill Markoe, who was an Emmy Award-winning writer for the “Late Night With David Letterman” show.

The book revolves around Dawn Tarnauer and her dog Chuck. Dawn has been unlucky in life and in love. Her family’s a train-wreck — from her self-centered, get-rich-quick-scheme mother to her absentee father to her life-coach sister. Think: Stephanie Plum’s family (by author Janet Evanovich), but not as funny.

And she’s been just as unlucky in love, marrying and divorcing twice in fairly quick succession — and still falling for the next loser who stumbles into her life. That’s when her dog Chuck finally decides it’s time to speak up and guide her through the dating process.

Markoe has an easy-reading style, and it’s a thin book, so you’re not investing hours and hours of your life. As you’d expect from a writer with Markoe’s credentials, there were a few laugh-out-loud moments in the book. Just not enough of them.

You can find more reviews and a synopsis at Goodreads at this link.

Two better options

The Art of Racing in the RainIf tales from a dog’s perspective is a genre, I’ve read two better books in this genre: “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein and “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron.

A Dog's PurposeBoth of these books are deeper, more poignant and tell a better story than “Walking in Circles.” I could hardly put down “Racing in the Rain,” and I’ve recommended it to numerous friends. As for “Purpose,” there are some surprises along the way that are sure to choke you up, and it offers the best message of the bunch.

For a synopsis and member reviews of “Racing,” follow this link. For info on “A Dog’s Purpose,” follow this link.

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