Plymouth Pet-book Picks

A Big Little Life: A memoir of a joyful dog named Trixie

By Dean Koontz

Having long been known as a mastermind of thrillers and mysteries, Dean Koontz recently embarked on a new nonfiction memoir—one that profiles his deep affection and love for dogs.

While researching his novel Midnight, Koontz explored Canine Companions and the world of service dogs. Within a short time, Koontz and his wife adopted golden retriever Trixie, a retired service dog.

A Big Little Life captures the nuances of this tennis ball-loving dog who would do anything for her beloved family. Koontz shares his experience adopting and falling in love with a dog who taught his family many things along the way.


Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog

By Garth Stein

In response to the overwhelming success of Racing in the Rain: My Life As a Dog, Garth Stein adapted this wildly successful novel for children.

Told from the viewpoint of the beloved mutt Enzo, Racing in the Rain offers kids (and adults) humorous, poignant insights into the relationships between dogs and their owners. While Enzo shares a love of race-car driving with his best friend Denny and his daughter Zoe, he also embraces the challenges faced by his family and understands that love will get them through the toughest times.


Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat

By Gwen Cooper

Reading stories about animals who overcome adversity and physical trials and tribulations often leaves readers shaking their heads in disbelief. This story of an eyeless cat, abandoned as a young kitten, captures the lasting impact Homer had on his adopted human, Gwen. Regardless of physical challenges aplenty, Homer illustrates his intense love for humans, his diligence in the face of adversity and his ever-increasing need to capture the hearts of those around him.


Maura Keller is a Plymouth-based author and freelance writer