Books That Inspire 2013

The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein

New York Times bestseller list (2009).

This book is narrated by a dog named Enzo. Throughout, we get his generous and loving perspective on such human actions as racecar driving, custody battles, and death. As a dog lover myself, Stein’s novel brought me closer to my dog, Brindle. Rationally, I don't believe he can think and react like Enzo, understand my flaws, and try to make me better, but emotionally I like to feel it. Our best friends may have four legs who teach us, without words, how to endure hardship and find inspiration through hope. Who knows, it may be that old dogs do not pass away forever, but can indeed be reborn in human form.

Joanna Rapf