With summer officially upon us in a few days here are some summer reading suggestions with a dog theme or subject. Feel free to add your favorite summer reading with dog themes in the comments section!
Flush A Biography by Virginia Woolf
The biography of a dog, published in 1933, Flush is Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel. As Wikipedia describes it “This unusual biography traces the life of Flush from his carefree existence in the country, to his adoption by Ms. Browning and his travails in London, leading up to his final days in a bucolic Italy. Woolf ostensibly uses the life of a dog as pointed social criticism.”
Travels With Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
This chronicles Steinbeck’s journey around America in 1960 with his poodle Charley. His observations of America in the 1960’s are very interesting and prophetic!
Dog Is My Co-Pilot
Great Writers On the World’s Oldest Friendship
From the Editors of The Bark Magazine
A collection of short stories from authors such as Alice Walker, Ann Patchett, Jon Katz, Pam Houston, Donald McCaig and many more. One of my favorites. “ It is our hope that all the writing contained expands on the subject of dogs and the special bond that exists between us and them.”
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
A New York Times Bestseller, this 500 plus page novel is the story of a family that raises a very special line of dogs as their business, but it is much, much more than that. It is a mystery, a melodrama, and a surprising tale in which dogs and a boy are integral to the telling. Warning, it isn't light reading, but I couldn't put it down!