The Art of Racing In The Rain, by Garth Stein

Another book I’ve recommended and given as a gift countless times since I first read it is The Art of Racing In The Rain, by Garth Stein. Published in 2008, it’s newer than The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be but has already become a treasured classic. Unlike The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be, which is a good read for young adults and up, The Art of Racing in the Rain was written for an adult audience.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

This book came into my life by accident: I was online late one night, ordering books to give as Christmas presents, and spotted a title that seemed sure to appeal to a racecar-loving nephew.  When the package of books arrived and I discovered that The Art of Racing in the Rain was a novel—starring a dog—I set it aside and went back to the task of finding the right gift.

Eventually, after the rush of the holidays was over, I picked up the book, not expecting much and still confused by the title.  Plus, no one I knew was talking about the book (that soon changed as it topped the New York Times bestseller list—and stayed there!). 

Despite my blasé attitude, I was entranced from the very first page.  It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s unique—the narrator is a dog. At its heart, this is a profoundly wise story about love and family and finding one’s path in life.  

About the author: Garth Stein is an award-winning writer and the author of four books. The Art of Racing in the Rain brought him an international following, and became so wildly popular it was made into a movie in 2019. An immediate hit, the film finished sixth at the box office on its release and eventually earned more than $33 million worldwide.

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