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Summer Reading List for a Dog's Day Afternoon

Dogs of Nantucket by Margaret B. Hallowell

The second annual Nantucket Book Festival was last weekend and it got me thinking about my summer reading list. Last year I finally got around to reading The Art of Racing in the Rain and Marley and Me. Both were wonderful, but this year I’m in search of something a little lighter.

And luck would have it, Nantucket resident, Margaret B. Hallowell just released a new book that fits the bill. Dogs of Nantucket is an amazing collection of photographs that captures the island’s canines at play. Ever since my mom and I got our hand and paws on a copy, we’ve been flipping through the pages over and over again pointing out all the dogs we know. The best part is all the profits from the book will go to Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals.

Another book I’ve been thinking about picking up is The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter Than You Think by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods. On a drive out to Sconset, I caught an interview with the author on Diane Rehm. It sounds intellectually stimulating and who doesn’t love a good ego boost now and then. The book also includes a test humans can give their dogs to find out what their dog IQ is. I don’t know if my mom will try that part. I mean, I think writing a weekly column speaks for itself. But I’m happy to placate her if she likes.

Here are a few titles that I’ve enjoyed in the past that you might want to consider picking up. I believe they have them at the library. And if you ask the librarians nicely they give you a cookie when you check out a book… But that might be exclusive to dogs.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Hounds of Baskerville (Sherlock Holmes) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasan

Please share your suggestions as well.