A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron
Magical realism. A genre tied closely to fantasy, where the magic happens in the everyday world. When done well, it makes for a truly special treat, and today’s bookaholic deal is one of the best examples of its kind. Sitting at an unheard-of 4.8 on Amazon with over 5,000 reviews (and another 48,000 5-star ratings on Goodreads), this New York Times bestseller captured hearts around the world and became a major motion picture.
In this dog story with a twist, the dog isn’t born, but re-born, time and time again. And the dog is… well… a dog. He’s not a personified dog, who understands human speech and would love to sit down for tea if only he spoke English and had opposable thumbs. He’s a dog. Who loves his family and also loves rolling in the smelliest stuff on the planet. He doesn’t know why he keeps finding himself in new puppy lives, time and time again, but he’s determined to find out.
From the publisher:
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.
Praise for the book:
“An amazing book. I laughed and smiled and cried. Wise… and sure to open the hearts of all who read it.”
—Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple
“I loved this book and could not put it down.”
“This book is a classic. I was hooked a few pages in and then couldn’t stop turning the pages of the beautiful, uplifting, tenderly told, frequently funny and exquisitely moving story. I am awash in the tears of recognition every dog lover will shed when they read this remarkable book.”
—Iris Rainer Dart, NY Times Bestselling Author, Beaches
“Finally, a fictional dog who is a real dog! Anyone who has ever loved a dog needs to read this wise, touching, often hilarious book. Bailey, the narrator, tells the absolute dog truth about how intuitive your dog is, how profoundly your dog loves you (and how very much they love to roll in road kill, and how puzzled they are that you don’t love it, too). Most importantly, this book allows the reader to intimately experience a genuine dog’s eye view of the bond between dogs and humans, and how nothing, not even death, can ever end that bond.”
—Dr. Marty Becker, resident vet, Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show
“This book is the most accurate window into a dog’s mind I have ever encountered. I couldn’t put it down, and once I finished it, I actually felt is if my dog, who had recently passed away, was speaking to me through this book. This book is a triumph, impeccably detailing with intelligence and heart exactly why dogs love us so unconditionally. I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this book. Thank you, Mr. Cameron.”
—Dina Zaphiris, dog behavior expert, The Bonnie Hunt Show