Nothing beats curling up with a good book and your dog by your side. It’s even better if the book features dogs!
There’s a lot of great dog lit in the world, but we’re looking beyond the classics to stuff that came out in the past few years. From suspense to romance, and even some nonfiction, these are nine of the most intriguing new dog books.
I love romantic comedies, especially when they feature dogs! This 2016 novel follows a young New Yorker named Jonathan Trefoil as he navigates career, friendship, romance, and, you guessed it, dogs. When he starts taking care of his brother’s border collie and cocker spaniel, his world view starts to shift. This funny, poignant novel is a perfect springtime read.
Just Life is a fast-paced thriller about Dr. Samantha Lewis, a veterinarian who runs a no-kill dog rescue in New York. When a mysterious virus breaks out in her neighborhood, affecting children and animals, Sam sets out on a mission to uncover the cause.
Author Neil Abramsom is an attorney who won an award from the ASPCA for his legal work on behalf of animals. His first novel, Unsaid, is also worth a read, but fair warning: he doesn’t shy away from the darker side of loving dogs!
In this moving memoir, Julie Barton relates her experience with abuse, depression, and the dog who saved her life. It covers a lot of dark stuff—mental illness, family conflict, loss—but is ultimately about forgiveness and salvation, all with the help of a special dog.
If you like your dog novels on the lighter side, Jill Shalvis’s romance novels can’t be beat. Her fun, flirty Animal Magnetism series is set in Sunshine, Idaho, where women and men are united by their love of dogs. Stray Hearts compiles the first two novels in the series, centered around the same veterinary clinic. (FYI, these steamy romance novels are NSFW!)
This debut novel from screenwriter Steven Rowley is the funny, heartbreaking story of a man named Teddy and his dog named Lily. Oh, and the Octopus, which is what Teddy calls the cranial tumor threatening Lily’s life. I know, it doesn’t sound very funny, but Rowley’s imaginative novel blends fantasy, autobiographical fiction, and humor into a moving novel about the impact dogs have on our lives.
This brand-new novel (released March 20, 2018) follows Tomorrow, a dog who must travel across centuries in search of the man who granted him immortality. It’s historical-time-travel-fiction on an epic scale, featuring an unforgettable dog narrator who travels through European history to be reunited with his person. Dibben calls it “a love story between a master and his dog,” something every dog lover can relate to.
You may have read W. Bruce Cameron’s bestselling novel A Dog’s Purpose, or even seen the movie. A Dog’s Master is the second book in the series, telling the story of one early man’s bond with a wolf. This imaginative novel presents a thrilling origin story for the human-canine bond.
Another dog book with a wolf! This feel-good novel focuses on Dr. Lucy, a veterinarian on an isolated Texas ranch in 1959. When two boys find an injured dog-wolf hybrid and bring it to Lucy for care, her whole world changes. This feel-good novel touches on themes of love, abuse, racism, and redemption. And, of course, the love of dogs.
Poet, memoirist, and trailblazer Eileen Myles writes unflinchingly about the experience of loving and losing a dog. Afterglow is a pastiche memoir about Myles’s 16-year relationship with Rosie, a New York street puppy turned boon companion. It’s also a book about grief, so yes, you’ll want to have some tissues handy.
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