a dog's purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

92%

18 Critic Reviews

... a first novel that follows the spiritual journey of a dog through four incarnations. Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays with Morrie.
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Synopsis

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.


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About W. Bruce Cameron

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W. BRUCE CAMERON is the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was turned into the hit ABC series. He lives in California.
 
Published June 29, 2010 by Forge Books. 333 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jun 03 2010

... a first novel that follows the spiritual journey of a dog through four incarnations. Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays with Morrie.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jan 08 2016

Readers will devour this wonderful story and cry from beginning to end. Sweet and heartfelt, Cameron likely has another bestseller on his hands.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 31 2010

A tail-wagging three hanky boo-hooer...

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Examiner

Excellent
on Sep 30 2012

When I closed Cameron's lovely book on it's final page, I put it down, sat back and felt good. Books that make us feel good are always worth reading.

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Examiner

Good
on Aug 24 2012

A Dog’s Purpose is an enjoyable read, but be sure to have a box of tissues handy.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jan 24 2012

There are a lot of twists and turns that makes “A Dog's Purpose” one that you'll want to read over and over.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Sep 20 2011

I suggest the hardcover as I suspect it is a book you will reread and also loan out again and again.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jul 20 2011

It's beautifully written with a beautiful message. For any dog lover, it is probably one of the most touching books out there.

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Suite 101

Excellent
on Mar 16 2011

...A Dog’s Purpose is an example of how to tell a story through the eyes of an animal and keep it intelligent, thought provoking and free of clichés.

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AuthorsDen

Good
Reviewed by Christy Tillery French on Mar 26 2014

This wonderful book is joyously heartwarming, humorous, and at times sad, so keep tissues nearby. Told from a dog’s perspective, A Dog’s Purpose illustrates the love and affection dogs have for their human companions...

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Shelf Awareness

Good
Reviewed by Marilyn Dahl on Jun 29 2011

Bruce Cameron has written an amazing book. In writing about animals, there is so much potential for sappiness and sentimentality, which he nimbly avoids; instead, A Dog's Purpose is imbued with gentle wit, dignity, sadness and love. Cameron makes us feel the magic of the dog-human bond...

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Shelf Awareness

Excellent

...A Dog's Purpose is imbued with gentle wit, dignity, sadness and love.

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Buffalo Rising

Excellent
on Jan 02 2011

A Dog's Purpose is a must read for every dog lover...Bailey dares you to not laugh out loud - go ahead, just try.

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Teen Ink

Good

Cameron really makes you feel like you’re there and makes the book very interesting. You never want to put the book down.

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Teen Ink

Excellent

Once every lifetime a book comes around like this one, that changes peoples' perspective on dogs in general.

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EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Wil Langford on Jul 12 2011

There are quite a few books that try to tell a story from a dog's point of view. W. Bruce Cameron got it right with his first book. This reader is sure that people who love a good dog story and animal fiction will want to see more from this author. A good four star book.

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Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandra on Apr 05 2012

If you love dogs, their hearts and souls, you’ll find yourself tumbling about in a range of emotions, sometimes laughing and often crying when reading this book...A Dog’s Purpose is highly recommended for those who don’t mind admitting that they’re sentimental about dogs, willingly hold up their heads shake their fists shout,

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Heaful of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Anne Bennett on Jul 04 2012

This book is for anyone who considers themselves a dog lover, even a pet lover...Recommended by my daughter who bought the book with her own money, this story just touched my heart and it has made me view our dog, Muffy, differently.

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