Life and love with the world's worst dog.
Marley & Me is the heart-warming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.
John and Jenny were young and deeply in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
Marley quickly grew into an uncontrollable 44-kilogram steamroller of a Labrador retriever. Expelled from obedience school, even the tranquillisers prescribed by the vet couldn’t stop him. Yet through the chaos and the hilarity he won hearts and remained a steadfast model of devotion to his family, even when they were at their wits’ end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
John Grogan was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 20, 1957. His family moved from the city to the sleepy village of Orchard Lake, Michigan, the setting for much of his memoir, The Longest Trip Home.
His first full-time writing job came in 1979 when he was hired as a police reporter for the Herald-Palladium in the Michigan harbor town of St. Joseph. In 1985, he won a fellowship into the Kiplinger Mid-Career Program in Public Affairs Reporting at Ohio State University. After earning his master's degree, he landed a second fellowship at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. He then took a job at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, working his way up from a bureau reporter to metropolitan columnist. Not long after arriving in Florida, he and his wife Jenny brought home a wildly neurotic Labrador retriever that would provide him the inspiration to fulfill a lifelong dream of writing a book. Marley & Me is now an international bestseller with over 5 million copies sold, and has been made into a motion picture.