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    Marley and John Grogan and Me

    I have been reading a new book called “Marley and Me” by John Grogan.  It’s about a family who get a puppy at just eight weeks old and chronicles its life through age fourteen. I have been laughing out loud while reading this book, which is very unusual for me.

    As I was getting near the end the dog was quite sick. To my utter amazement (and Herman’s too), I burst into tears. That has never happened in all the years I’ve been reading.

    I’ve even gone as far as to look up John Grogan on the computer to find other books. At this point he’s only written some short stories in addition to Marley and Me (and the column he writes in Philadelphia).

    I keep trying to convince Herman to read this book, but he’s currently immersed in a series of maritime historical fiction about the Napoleonic Wars. They were written by Patrick O’Brian and he says they are the best historical fiction he’s ever read. He originally heard about them listening to a program on National Public Radio as people were discussing favorite books and authors.

    Herman and I have very different tastes when it comes to reading. We also tend to like different TV shows and movies as well. He tends to like action movies and British comedies while I like a good human interest story with a little love interest thrown in.

    But back to the book. As I was breaking down in tears reading about Marley getting sick, Herman shook his head and said, “Why would I want to read a book that makes you cry?” Well, as I pointed out to him, I was on one of the last chapters and the dog was only sick, not on death’s door.

    As soon as I’m finished writing this to you here, I will be going back to finish the book. But first, I’ll stop at John Grogan’s web site (www.marleyandme.com) to look at pictures of Marley before I read on.

    I’ve been so enthused with this book that Herman has ordered me four books by James Herriot entitled “All Creatures Great and Small” and the sequels. He’s convinced I’ll enjoy them, and so is Terry, who said she read them when she was about twelve. It seems I’ve missed a lot of great reading and I’m looking forward to catching up.
     

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com