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He was a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Inquirer published a volume of his best articles in 2007 called, Bad Dogs Have More Fun. His next memoir, The Longest Trip Home, was released on Tuesday, October 21, 2008.
Grogan's memoir Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog has attracted many readers. The book, published in 2005, hit the USA Today and the NY Times bestseller lists. Marley & Me was a story about a family in the making and the destructive, yet pure-hearted, larger-than-life animal who helped shape it. The story details on Marley and John and Jenny's intrepid journey into parenthood.
Marley & Me has been adapted into a film that was released December 25, 2008 starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. Grogan is a graduate of Central Michigan University's Department of Journalism and wrote for the school newspaper, CM-Life.
Grogan was born in an Irish Catholic Home in the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan, on March 20, 1957. He was the youngest of four, his siblings being Marijo, Michael, and Tim. His father was an engineer for General Motors, while his mother was a stay-at-home mom.
He also attended Central Michigan University where he double majored in Journalism and English. He attended The Ohio State University as part of the highly selective Kiplinger Fellows program, where he earned a Master's degree in Journalism. He later was accepted as a fellow at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, another prestigious program.  He lives with his wife, Jenny, and their three children, Patrick, Conor, and Colleen in rural eastern Pennsylvania.
He met his wife, Jenny, while working as a police reporter for the small Herald-Palladium in the Michigan harbor town of St. Joseph. He has cited Bill Bryson, Alice Sebold, and Jim Harrison among others as his favorite authors.