'Marley & Me' author John Grogan speaks to what matters most in life - huntwyre.comUpdate: Return to Mlive. A It was a coincidence. The sponsors of the talk I'm giving, Kent District Library, arranged a long time ago for me to come in as part of their speaking series. When the book tour schedule came in, I said I was already committed Grand Rapids is the last stop on the tour. A I really didn't run stuff by her.
Marley and Me Marley's Death
The dog is poorly behaved and destructive, and the book covers the issues this causes in the family as they learn to accept him in addition to their grief following Marley's death. It has subsequently been adapted by the author in three separate books, as well as separately into a comedy-drama film released in
John Grogan interview: Marley and Me
Grogan was born to a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent in Detroit, Michigan on March 20, , the youngest of four siblings. His father, Richard,  was an engineer for General Motors , while his mother, Ruth Marie,  was a stay-at-home mom. The neighborhood served as the setting for much of his memoir, The Longest Trip Home. Grogan notes that his mother's passion and gift for storytelling "wore off" on him. By eighth grade —71 at the Our Lady of Refuge,  he was writing humorous stories about the nuns.
A big, slavering, hyperactive golden lab. A dog called Marley. Grogan's memoir Marley and Me, about the yellow dog who barrelled into his life and stole his heart, has sold six million copies worldwide. It is published in 36 languages and has now been made into a movie starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as Grogan and his wife. Like it or not, he will always be associated with That Dog. Grogan, 51, a former journalist, is at peace with that, even if he is still slightly bemused by its success. Speaking as his second book, his childhood memoir The Longest Trip Home, is published in the UK, he says: "Marley and Me was a book I was proud of and believed in, but I thought it would just have a modest audience because it is such a personal story about my marriage and my family.