The Books That Affected Us the Most

Marley and Me by John Groganmarley and me

I would like to say that the book that affected me the most is something profound, some totem on the nature of life, love, God, the universe, or something of that nature. Rather than great works of philosophy, I find myself moved by books of a more pedestrian nature. One that stands out as having moved me, both to tears and to laughter, is John Grogan’s Marley and Me. I grew up with dogs (we have three of them at the moment), and I can relate to many of the situations retold, from bringing home a leaping, slobbering ball of fur and teeth, to sheer terror at thunderstorms, to watching life decline in the eyes of your best friend. Grogan’s writing is highly relatable, and, much like life (with or without a dog), he switches gear from funny to heart-wrenching in the blink of an eye.

Perhaps Marley and Me is not high literature, but the story worked its way into my heart–as have many a four-legged friend.

—Elisha Dew


  • TS Tate

    Tee received a Master of Arts in English in 2008 from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has studied under Edgar nominee Tim Gautreaux, Booksense Pick novelist Bev Marshall and Clarion West graduate and World Fantasy nominee, Cat Rambo. She has more than ten years of documentation and editing experience and is currently the Editor-in-Chief at   She has spent the past nine years in the corporate environment as a Technical Editor and has previously edited for Christine Rose, Phoebe North, Heather McCorkle, Laura Pauling, Anne Riley, Christine Fonseca and UF writer Carolyn Crane. With Heather McCorkle, Tee co-founded the #WritersRoad chat on Twitter.  In addition, she is working on several creative projects, including her second novel and various short stories. Her flash fiction, "Street Noises," was included in the Pill Hill Press anthology "Daily Frights 2012: 366 Days of Dark Flash Fiction (Leap Year Edition)" and her short "Til Hunt Be Done," was included in the Winter Wonders anthology from Compass Press.  A diehard New Orleans Saints fan, Tee lives with her family in Southeast Louisiana.

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