Who's a good boy?
If just looking at their covers melts your heart, you might enjoy these memoirs about life with dogs.
Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family — and a Whole Town — About Hope and Happy Endings (Broadway) by Janet Elder is the saga of a little red poodle that cheers a breast cancer patient and her family — and then disappears.
Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love (Grand Central) by Larry Levin is the story of a puppy who is nearly killed as bait in a dogfighting ring, but blossoms despite his injuries when a family takes him home.
You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness (Riverhead) by Julie Klam is a laugh-out-loud tale about a woman whose dream about a Boston terrier named Otto leads her not just to the real Otto but to many surprising adventures with rescue dogs.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor