13 Books About Dogs That Aren't Cliche - World of Angus

13 Books About Dogs That Aren't Cliche

As an integral part of many families, lives and societies, dogs are heavily documented in modern literature. They take up such a big space in our hearts that it is impossible to turn around without seeing a new book about dogs on a "best of" list. 

Here are a few different genres of books about dogs and some titles to get you started. 

Fiction and literature 

Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis. A Canadian Giller Prize winner: A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new way of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London. A classic told from the perspective of a wild dog dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again?
Good Dog by Graham Chaffe. A graphic novel about the life of a stray dog. Readers accompany Ivan as he navigates dog society, weathers pack politics, and surveys canine-human interactions.
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper.

 

Photo books 

The Dogist by Elias Weiss Friedman. Every page presents dog portraits that command our attention.
Shelter Dogs in a Photobooth by Guinnivere Shuster. What better way to showcase adoptable dogs than by letting their true personalities shine in a photo booth! 

Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel. From leaping lab to diving dachshund, the water is where a dog's distinct personality shines through.

 

Wet Dog by Sophie Gamand. Elevating dog photography to the status of art, these expressive portraits of our canine friends mirror our very own human emotions.
A Dog Named Jimmy by Rafael Mantesso. One day when Jimmy collapsed in happy exhaustion next to the white wall, on a whim Rafael grabbed a marker and drew a new world around his ginger-eared pup.

Non-fiction 

 
The Goodness of Dogs by India Knight. With chapters ranging from how to choose a breed (and where to get it from), to feeding and training your dog, to choosing a vet, and how to cope with illnesses and death.
My Dog: The Paradox by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal. After years of carefully observing his own dog, Rambo, Inman follows his #1 New York Times best-selling How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, with this ode to the furry, four-footed, tail-wagging bundle of love, and unbridled energy frequently dubbed man’s best friend.

What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World by Cat Warren. A firsthand exploration of the extraordinary abilities and surprising, sometimes life-saving talents of “working dogs.”

Off The Leash: A Year At The Dog Park by Matthew Gilbert. Off The Leash is a group portrait of dog people, specifically the strange, wonderful, neurotic, and eccentric dog people who gather at Amory Park, overlooking Boston near Fenway Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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