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Title:
Bad dogs have more fun : selected writings on animals, family and life
Author:
Grogan, John, 1957-
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Publication Information:
New York : Vanguard, [2007]

©2007
Physical Description:
viii, 247 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
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Added Title:
Philadelphia inquirer.
ISBN:
9781593154684
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Bad Dogs Have More Fun is an unforgettable collection of more than seventy-five newspaper articles from The Philadelphia Inquirer written by former columnist John Grogan. Combining humor, wit, poignancy, and affection, these columns provide insight into the intriguing and wonderful world we live in. Whether it be writing about animals (from dogs to elephants to geese!), powerful and moving comments about his own and other families, trenchant comments on life's foibles and farces, or his interviews and interactions with people who are memorable and unusual in their own right, John Grogan makes us laugh-he makes us cry-he makes us think.Visit www.baddogshavemorefun.comA percentage of the profits from the sale of this book will go to THE GOOD DOG FOUNDATION, where dogs help humans heal.To learn more, visit www.thegooddogfoundation.org


Author Notes

Bestselling author, John Grogan, was born on March 20, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. He majored in journalism and English at Central Michigan University. In 1985, Grogan won a fellowship into the Kiplinger Mid-Career Program in Public Affairs Reporting at Ohio State University, where he obtained his Masters degree. Grogan earned a second fellowship at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. Grogan's first full-time writing job was as a police reporter for the Herald-Palladium in Michigan. Grogan has also written for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and was also editor of Rodale's Organic Gardening magazine.

Grogan's book, Marley and Me, spent over seventy-six weeks on the bestseller list and was made into a movie in 2008. Grogan and his wife, Jenny, live in rural Pennsylvania.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Before his canine memoir Marley and Me turned four-legged misbehavior into publishing industry gold and sold three million copies, Grogan delighted Philadelphia Inquirer readers with his weekly columns centered on the foibles of contemporary suburban life. While 78-year-old Laugh-In star Arte Johnson rises to the occasion with competence and grace, he still seems a rather baffling choice to perform the musings of a baby boomer husband and father. According to reports in the trade media, Grogan does not approve of how his previous employer has chosen to organize, market and republish his columns in book form. While stories about animals make up only one of the package's six disks, the title and cover imply a Marley sequel. Given Grogan's undeniable talent and the loyalty of his fans, the recycling of old material without his input seems especially disheartening. With more context and vision, Bad Dogs Have More Fun could have been transformed from a reasonably decent listening experience into something special. Simultaneous release with the Vanguard Press hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

This title is a bit of a misnomer, as few of the stories are about dogs and even fewer are about bad dogs having fun. Covering a variety of topics, ranging from smoking, zero-tolerance school policies, and littering to Marley's memorial service, a father/son bonding experience, and dog training as parent training, these 75 columns, compiled and published by Grogan's former employer the Philadelphia Inquirer, consist of observations about family, life, and animals. Although he is credited as the author, Grogan (Marley & Me) states in his blog that these writings have been published without his knowledge, input, or approval. Arte Johnson provides an admirable reading, with excellent timing and an expressive voice reflecting Grogan's sense of humor and irony. This audiobook will be of interest to public and academic libraries with a demand for Grogan's works or miscellaneous essays on American life. Purchase where needed. [Marley & Me was a New York Times best seller and is being made into a movie scheduled for a December 2008 release.--Ed.]--Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.