Ye gads, I just finished reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. It had such an impact on me! Dog lovers will love this and novel lovers will love this book too. It has a tragic Hamlet-esque ending, so beware. But the writing is beautiful and the dogs are perfection.
I'll be finishing The Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell any day, another one I love. (I usually read two books at a time, one by the bed, one in the fam room) This one has lots of Shanghai during the Japanese invasion and then Communist rule, fascinating. This book helps you understand how the verb "Shanghaied" came about.
I am sharing a photo of my dear Violet, now gone for 3 years. She was also perfection.