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Hadley Book Club

July 12, 2010

Welcome to the Hadley Book Club!  From our 2010 Collector Survey, we know you love to read as much as we do.  So, about once a month, we’ll post a brief review giving our humble opinion of a book we’ve read recently.  This month’s book, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, was read and reviewed by avid reader and dog lover Jennifer (Hadley Marketing).

To kick off our book club, this month we are giving away 5 copies of our book selection to Hadley Collectors!  Just send us an e-mail at with “Book Club” in the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body of the e-mail, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free book on Monday, July 19th!

If, like me, you genuinely believe that your dog has thoughts and feelings that are at least as complex and interesting as your own, then The Art of Racing in the Rain is definitely a book you should consider picking up.  To be honest, after reading Marley & Me by John Grogan a few years ago, which I loved beyond words, I have shied away from all dog-based books because I couldn’t conceive of one that could compare.  But a strong recommendation by my sister, who lent me her copy, was just enough to get me to give this one a try, and I am forever grateful.

Jennifer with Abby (6) and Samantha (2)

The entire novel is written in “first dog,” from the perspective of Enzo the lab mix, who has a great sense of humor (laugh out loud funny throughout) and is incredibly insightful.  Enzo sees his owner Denny, an auto mechanic and aspiring race car driver, through love, marriage, and a new baby, followed by a series of tragic events which I won’t tell you about here, but which will make your heart ache for Denny , Enzo, and almost much everyone else involved.

Spun throughout are stories of Denny’s racing exploits, including a trip to the test track for Enzo.  Denny’s expertise in driving in the rain is the source of many (most?) of Enzo’s deep thoughts, and this was perhaps the only part of the book that I found a bit tiring.  Luckily, I figured out that I could skim the lengthier racing passages, still get the main message, and not miss a thing.  You can feel free to do the same, unless you are a fan of Formula One racing, in which case you might just find the racing segments among the more enjoyable parts of the book.

Racing in the Rain is a nice quick read, perfect for Summer.  If you’ve read it, please add your thoughts and comments to mine here on Discovering Hadley!  And if you haven’t, don’t forget to e-mail us (see above) to be entered into our drawing to win one of 5 free copies!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn permalink
    November 2, 2010 5:16 pm

    If you love dogs, you MUST read “One Good Dog”

    • November 3, 2010 4:39 pm

      Haven’t read that one…we’ll check it out! Thanks for the suggestion, Carolyn.

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