For several years now, Denver has been doing a program called "One Book One Denver," which is designed to promote reading in our city. Every summer a book is chosen, and lots of book club discussions and other events focus on the book. In 2008, I read the book selection, The Thin Man, but most years I haven't been. I figure I don't need any encouragement to be part of a book culture!
Yesterday, however, I was pleased to see that The Art of Racing in the Rain was chosen for this year's One Book One Denver. I read the book a couple of years ago, and really enjoyed it. It's told from the point of view of the dog, but in such a way that it's totally believable, but totally dog-like too. We have a pretty strong dog-friendly culture here in Denver, so I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise that a book with a dog as the main character was chosen!
If you haven't yet read this book, I highly recommend it — even if you aren't in Denver!