The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
This is the first book I can cross off my challenge list as being DONE. What can I say about this book? I got it from the library and listened to it while I hiked, and made dinner, and drove around town. I loved this book I did not want to be a way from it for more than a few seconds at a time. When I finished the book I ran to Amazon.com and purchased it. I also bought copies for my mother and sister. I have talked about this book to everyone that will listen.
Here is a summary from Amazon.com about the book:
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.
On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.
GO READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!