It’s National Dog Day and here are some of my favorite dog books!
The Truth about Dogs, by Stephen Budiansky: The first book I read about canine-human evolution. A smart and funny look at our relationship to dogs.
Dogs Make Us Human, by Jeffery Moussaieff Masson, photos by Art Wolfe: Gorgeous photos of dogs and their people from around the world, and Masson’s unique take on our relationship to non-human animals
The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: the first book I know of to see dogs as thinking beings. I read this when I was young, and I know it planted seeds for “The Wolf Chronicles.”
Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz: A cognitive scientist explains how dogs perceive their world, their daily lives, and the two-legged critters around them.
Paw and Order, by Spencer Quinn: The latest installment of Spencer Quinn’s delightful Chet and Bernie mysteries, with Chet the dog taking on the bad guys.
Dogsbody, by Diana Wynne Jones: A favorite from my childhood about the Dogstar Sirius and his adventures as a dog on earth. There’s an homage at the end of “Spirit of the Wolves.”
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: A beautiful tale of life and love from the dog’s point of view
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski: Hamlet with dogs. Brilliant.
These are just the ones I can remember while sitting at the cafe. What did I forget? What have I missed?