Book Hounds

Our picks for a doggone good read

By Tony Fong

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Summer’s not quite here yet, but people have already started asking me for books to put on their beach reading list. Who can blame them? A little aspirational thinking might usher in the long-awaited sunshine. Which got me wondering—what could be more relaxing than lounging at the beach with your dog and a classic book? Here are my top five picks for books that feature dogs, from alpha to omega. Don’t forget to dog-ear your favorite pages.

The Odyssey

Homer’s Odyssey (800 BC)

This epic poem relates the triumphant return of Odysseus to Ithaca nearly twenty years after his departure for Troy. While it is Penelope and Telemachus who drive our hero’s journey, it is the family dog Argos who provides the most heartbreaking moment in the poem. After recognizing his long-lost master (whose disguise fools everyone else), the sudden joy overwhelms him and … let’s just put it this way, he’s 140 dog years old—in Ancient Greece.


Buy The Odyssey now.

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