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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.
If you enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, you may enjoy these titles:
A Dog's Purpose by Bruce Cameron
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? (catalog summary)
The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
When his wife dies in a fall from a tree in their backyard, linguist Paul Iverson is wild with despair. In the days that follow, Paul becomes certain that Lexy's death was no accident. Strange clues have been left behind: unique, personal messages that only she could have left and that he is determined to decipher.
Dog On It by Spencer Quinn
Chet might have flunked out of police school ("I'd been the best leaper in K-9 class, which had led to all the trouble in a way I couldn't remember exactly, although blood was involved"), but he's a detective through and through.
Heart of the Valley by Nigel Hinton
The extraordinary story of one year in the life of a hedge-sparrow, a novel in which structure and plot are nature itself; in which the drama and violence spring from nature's one imperative: survival.
I Thought You Were Dead by by Peter Nelson
As Paul Gustavson's life falls apart he is anchored by Stella, an adoring dog who listens to his every complaint.
The Labrador Pact by Matt Haig
The story of a family in crisis and the loyal dog that holds them together. (catalog summary)
One Good Dog by Susan Wilson
The very definition of a hard-nosed businessman, Adam March has no room in his life for anything but the cold drive to succeed. Not for his social-climbing wife or for his rebellious teenage daughter. then, in an instant, he loses everything, and Adam finds himself alone, unemployed, and reduced to bussing tables in a homeless shelter. Then he meets a dog. (catalog summary)
Roam by Alan Lazar
Nelson is a bright-eyed, inquisitive half beagle, half poodle. He lives with Katey and Don, newlyweds whose marriage is straining under the pressures of domesticity. One day Nelson follows his nose and gets lost-- and we follow his journey home for eight years.
Rose in a Storm by Jon Katz
Rose is determined and focused, keeping the sheep out of danger and protecting the other creatures on the farm she calls home. But of all those she's looked after since coming to the farm as a puppy, it is Sam, the farmer, whom she watches most carefully.
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (YA)
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
St. Dale by Sharyn McCrumb
Set on a Dale Earnhardt Memorial Pilgrimage NASCAR bus tour, St. Dale looks into the heart of America - its secular saints and cereal-box heroes, wild dreams and unrealized ambitions, heartbreaking losses and second chances - and celebrates it unbreakable spirit. (catalog summary)
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death. (catalog summary)
Timbuktu by Paul Auster
Meet Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Timbuktu, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, the brilliant, troubled, and altogether original poet-saint from Brooklyn. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza before them, they sally forth on a last great adventure, heading for Baltimore, Maryland in search of Willy's high school teacher, Bea Swanson. Years have passed since Willy last saw his beloved mentor, who knew him in his previous incarnation as William Gurevitch, the son of Polish war refugees. Although Mr. Bones walks on four legs and cannot speak, he can think, and out of his thoughts Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in recent American fiction. By turns comic, poignant, and tragic, Timbuktu is above all a love story. Written with a scintillating verbal energy, it takes us into the heart of a singularly pure and passionate character, an unforgettable dog who has much to teach us about our own humanity. (catalog summary)
Walking in Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe
Dawn Tarnauer's life isn't exactly a success story. Dawn's only source of security and comfort, it seems, is Chuck, a pit-bull mix from the pound. So, when her boyfriend announces that he's leaving her for another woman, a despairing Dawn turns to Chuck for solace. "I should have said something sooner," Chuck confides, as he tries to console her. "Couldn't you smell her on his pants?" Dawn is stunned. It's one thing to talk to your pets, but what do you do when they start talking back? It's not just Chuck, either; she can hear all dogs-and man's best friend has a lot to say. (catalog summary)
Watchers by Dean Koontz
From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose.