[Book Display] Dog Days of Summer

It's August.  It's hot and sticky.  Summer reading at my library has ended.  Back to school is right around the corner.  Time to get some last enjoyment of the summer before the blessed cold of winter the season change.  A time of year otherwise known as the "dog days of summer."

We needed a new book display, and I like word play.  I think you can guess where this goes.

And yes, searching the internet for dog photos is an applicable skill
My original idea was to do summer books and dog books, ideally books that were a mix of the two.  But ultimately I made it into a display of books that featured dogs in some manner, be it a main character, some part of a character's life, or even an animagus who turns into a dog.

As it turns out there are quite a few prolific authors who write mysteries featuring dogs, enough that I settled for sharing a hyperlink to someone else's detailed list rather than copying it all here for additional titles.  There are also quite a few nonfiction titles, often with adorable covers, about dogs.  In the end I pulled together I hope a reasonable balance of titles, with a mix of genre, and audience.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.  Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
-Groucho Marx

On Display
  • The Dogs of Babel / Carolyn Parkhurst
  • Marley & Me : Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog / John Grogan
  • You Had Me at Woof : How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness / Julie Klam
  • Giant George : Life with the World's Biggest Dog / David Nasser
  • The Dog Who Could Fly : The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew At His Side / Damien Lewis
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle / David Wroblewski
  • The Dog Stars / Peter Heller
  • A Fistfull of Collars : A Chet and Bernie Mystery / Spencer Quinn*
  • The Dog Killer of Utica : An Eliot Conte Mystery / Frank Lentricchia
  • The Dogs of Babel / Carolyn Parkhurst
  • Call of the Wild / Jack London
  • Travels with Charlie in Search of America / John Steinbeck
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being / Milan Kundera
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain / Garth Stein
  • Dancing Dogs : Stories / Jon Katz
  • A Three Dog Life / Abigail Thomas
  • Dark Summer / Iris Johansen
  • The Dogs of Bedlam Farm : An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me / Jon Katz
  • Bride and Groom (Dog Lover's Mystery) / Susan Conant*
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / J. K. Rowling
  • The Phantom Tollboth / Norton Juster
  • Oogy : The Dog Only a Family Could Love / Larry Levin
  • Fay / William Wegman*
  • Lost and Found (Taken Trilogy) / Alan Dean Foster
  • Three Among the Wolves : a Couple and Their Dog Live a Year with Wolves in the Wild / Helen Thayer
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz / Frank L. Baum
  • The Fall Guy : A Rachel Alexander Mystery / Carol Lea Benjamin 
  • Started Early, Took My Dog / Kate Atkinson
  • No One Like You / Kate Angell 
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time / Mark Haddon 
  • The Boy Who Talked to Dogs / Martin McKenna
*Quinn and Conant have multiple series featuring canines, Wegman has several books featuring his photography of dogs.

Other Reads (titles not in our collection/unavailable for this display)
  • 101 Dalmations / Dodie Smith
  • Cujo / Stephen King
  • Lives of the Monster Dogs / Kirsten Bakis
  • Sophie : The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog / Emma Pearse
  • Huck : The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family--and a Whole Town--About Hope and Happy Endings / Janet Elder
  • Born to Bark : My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog / Stanley Coren
  • Katie Up and Down the Hall : The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family / Glenn Plaskin
  • What a Difference a Dog Makes : Big Lessons on Life, Love and Healing from a Small Pooch / Dana Jennings
  • Dogs and the Women Who Love Them : Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration / Allen & Linda Anderson
  • Through a Dog's Eyes : Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World / Jennifer Arnold
  • The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving : How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years / Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
  • Mutts / Sharon Montrose
  • Nose Down, Eyes Up / Merrill Markoe
  • Our Story Begins : New and Selected Stories / Tobias Wolff
  • Dog Years / Mark Doty
  • Woof! : Writers on Dogs / Lee Montgomery
  • Dumb Witness / Agatha Christie
There's also a fantastic list of dog themed mysteries to be found at Cozy Mystery List


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