A Dog's Journey
by Al Martinez
If you loved the best-seller Marley
and Me and if you still smile when you recall Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, just wait
until you start reading BARKLEY: A Dog’s Journey.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles
Times columnist Al Martinez pens the ultimate tribute to the
ultimate English Springer Spaniel in this laugh-out-loud and
wipe-the-tears-away journal of their last car trip together.
When Barkley was diagnosed with a terminal illness, Martinez
and his wife, the beloved Cinelli, decided there was no time like the
present to spend 24 hours a day and 3000 miles with their wondrous dog.
The threesome face not only Barkley’s impending end, but Martinez and
Cinelli come to grips with their own future as they contemplate the
roads they traveled. Sure to become a classic, BARKLEY: A Dog’s Journey
is a lesson in life, love and the wisdom of woof, as only Al Martinez
can tell it.
Native Californian Al
has spent more than five decades as a journalist, shared a 1984
Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for a series on the
Southern California Latino community, and earned the President’s Award
for Excellence from the Los Angeles Press Club. He has authored seven
books and dozens of television screenplays. He lives in Topanga Canyon.
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