Today I drove through the take-out line in a restaurant and sat in my car eating and reading, as I often do. The book was Marley & Me, by John Grogan. I only had a little bit more to read before finishing the book, but had I known what I was in for, I would have saved it for later, at home. Suffice it to say that I cried like a baby, tears streaming down my face, and had to stop every two minutes to wipe my eyes so I could read the next paragraph.
If you have ever loved a dog, this book is a must read. Grogan is a newspaper columnist (Philadelphia Inquirer) and at one time he was the editor-in-chief of Rodale's Organic Gardening magazine. He is a good writer and very funny, whether he is talking about Marley or describing the women of Boca Raton, where he used to live. Here is an excerpt:
" The women were tanned to the consistency of the Gucci leather bags they favored, their burnished skin set off by hair dyed alarming shades of silver and platinum. The city crawled with plastic surgeons, and they had the biggest homes and most radiant smiles of all. For Boca's well-preserved women, breast implants were a virtual requirement of residency. The younger women all had magnicifient boob jobs and face lifts. Butt sculpting, nose jobs, tummy tucks, and tattooed mascara rounded out the cosmetic lineup, giving the city's female population the odd appearance of being foot soldiers in an army of anatomically correct inflatable dolls. As I once sang in a song I wrote for a press skit, "Liposuction and silicone, a girl's best friends in Boca Raton."
That passage really made me laugh. We have some friends who write for a magazine called "Gold Coast", published for the area of Florida in and around Boca. I get a complimentary copy every month. The many photos of local people attending charity events, costume balls and various soirees are prime examples of the descriptions above. Even the men look as though they have seen a plastic surgeon a time or two, and dentists who specialize in crowns and caps must be as rich as the surgeons.
Back to the book: I recommend it for anyone who is an animal lover, but especially for those who have ever owned a Labrador Retriever.