Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love

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In this moving memoir, Danielle Steel tells the story of how she met a dog the size of a mouse with a personality that could light up an entire room. From Minnie’s arrival at home in San Francisco to clothes-shopping jaunts in Paris, her adventures provide the perfect backdrop for a heartfelt look at the magic that dogs bring to our lives, and how they become part of the family, ...
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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In this moving memoir, Danielle Steel tells the story of how she met a dog the size of a mouse with a personality that could light up an entire room. From Minnie’s arrival at home in San Francisco to clothes-shopping jaunts in Paris, her adventures provide the perfect backdrop for a heartfelt look at the magic that dogs bring to our lives, and how they become part of the family, making indelible memories.

We meet Steel’s childhood pug, James; and Elmer, the basset hound who was steadfastly at her side in her struggling days as a young writer; Sweet Pea—unveiled in a Tiffany box for a dog-loving husband—and all those lucky dogs who shared a household of nine children, other canines, and one potbellied pig. As she reflects on the beloved pets who have brought joy, and sometimes chaos, to her home through the years, Steel also shares her thoughts on the trials and tribulations of bringing a new dog into a household, the challenges of housebreaking and compatibility, the losses we feel forever.

Filled with colorful characters (human and otherwise), delightful photographs, practical wisdom drawn from long experience, and brimming with warmth and insight on every page, Pure Joy is a love letter to this special relationship—and one of the most charming books yet from the incomparable Danielle Steel.

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“The mega-selling [Danielle Steel] shares happy memories of her numerous dogs. . . . Steel brings readers into her life, recounting delightful moments with her many dogs, the dogs her children have owned, and her newest friend, Minnie, her tiny Chihuahua. . . . Plainly told with honesty and affection, these stories are an affirmation of the timeless connection between humans and their canine companions.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Steel doesn’t just love to write blockbusters; she loves dogs. Here’s her valentine to all the dogs she’s raised (looking to be mostly of the small sort), with lots of black-and-white photos throughout. A heady commercial combo.”Library Journal

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"I have a lot of kids," writes Danielle Steel, "and we all have a lot of dogs. When my children were younger and all still at home, each of them had a dog, and some had two." Steel's seven offspring are now grown, but her four-legged family remains. In Pure Joy, the mega-bestselling author reminisces about the canine that have kept her company even as she was crafting her next surefire bestseller.

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“The mega-selling [Danielle Steel] shares happy memories of her numerous dogs. . . . Steel brings readers into her life, recounting delightful moments with her many dogs, the dogs her children have owned, and her newest friend, Minnie, her tiny Chihuahua. . . . Plainly told with honesty and affection, these stories are an affirmation of the timeless connection between humans and their canine companions.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Steel doesn’t just love to write blockbusters; she loves dogs. Here’s her valentine to all the dogs she’s raised (looking to be mostly of the small sort), with lots of black-and-white photos throughout. A heady commercial combo.”Library Journal
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2013-10-01
The mega-selling novelist shares happy memories of her numerous dogs. Steel (First Sight, 2013, etc.) brings readers into her life, recounting delightful moments with her many dogs, the dogs her children have owned, and her newest friend, Minnie, her tiny Chihuahua. Minnie dominates the scene as Steel describes the moment she fell in love with this little bundle of joy and the many ups and downs of life with such a tiny dog. "It is absolutely absurd that anything so small should own my heart, but she does," writes the author. "[O]wning a puppy, or a dog you love, is pure joy…that's what Minnie is for me!!!" In addition to the numerous recollections of the miniature Brussels griffons, Rhodesian ridgeback, basset hounds, and Chihuahuas that Steel and her family have owned, the author sprinkles throughout the book helpful hints on how to take care of a dog. Although not everyone will have the sufficient funds to treat his or her dog as Steel does, anyone who is a pet lover will understand the desire to provide the very best for their animal. The author discusses the pros and cons of traveling with a dog (small dogs like Minnie fare better on airplanes than large dogs, who must be placed in cargo); how to find a vet who will listen to your concerns; how to know when to let a dog die; how to return a dog or place it with someone else when the needed bond between human and dog just doesn't exist. Plainly told with honesty and affection, these stories are an affirmation of the timeless connection between humans and their canine companions. Featherweight, loving moments of one woman and her many dogs. For Steel's fans and die-hard dog lovers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345543752
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 16,853
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 600 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, Friends Forever, Betrayal, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death, and A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless.

Biography

When it comes to commanding bestseller lists, no writer can come close to Danielle Steel. Her work has been published in 47 countries, in 28 languages. She has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the author who has spent the most consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. She has not only published novels, but has written non-fiction, a book of poetry, and two series of children's books. Many of her books have been adapted for television movies, one of which (Jewels) was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. She has received the title of Chevalier of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government for her immense body of work. In short, to say that Steel is the single most popular living writer in the world is no overstatement.

Steel published her first novel, Going Home, when she was a mere 26 years old, and the book introduced readers to many of the themes that would dominate her novels for the next 30-odd years. It is an exploration of human relationships told dramatically, a story of the past's thrall on the present. Anyone familiar with Steel's work will recognize these themes as being close to her heart, as are familial issues, which are at the root of her many mega-sellers.

Although Steel has a reputation among critics as being a writer of fluffy, escapist fare, she never shies away from taking on dark subject matter, having addressed illnesses, incest, suicide, divorce, death, the Holocaust, and war in her work. Of course, even when she is handling unsavory topics, she does so entertainingly and with refinement. Her stories may often cross over into the realm of melodrama, but she never fails to spin a compelling yarn told with a skilled ear for dialogue and character, while consistently showing how one can overcome the greatest of tragedies. Ever prolific, she usually produces several books per year, often juggling multiple projects at the same time.

With all of the time and effort Steel puts into her work (she claims to sometimes spend as much as 20 hours a day at her keyboard), it is amazing that she still has time for a personal life. However, as one might assume from her work, family is still incredibly important to her, and she maintains a fairly private personal life. Fortunately for her millions of fans, she continues to devote more than a small piece of that life to them.

Good To Know

Along with her famed adult novels, Steel has also written two series of books for kids with the purpose of helping them through difficult situations, such as dealing with a new stepfather and coping with the death of a grandparent.

When Steel isn't working on her latest bestseller or spending time with her beloved family, she is devoting her time to one of several philanthropic projects to benefit the mentally ill, the homeless, and abused children.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 14, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67
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  • Posted November 7, 2013

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    Danielle Steel is a divine novelist. I love her work. Now she op

    Danielle Steel is a divine novelist. I love her work. Now she opens up in a memoir about her relationship with her dog Minnie Mouse. You don’t have to be a dog lover to love this book. It’s about caring and nurturing between two friends – one just happens to have four feet. I definitely recommend it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    It was fast read

    Pure Joy was a nice read. The author was repetitive and I would not have purchased this myself but it was a gift.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Nursing Cave

    ~Comet &star

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    LILYWHISKER FOR NEW DEPUTY

    Gray she cat with green eyes and darker gray stripes (blue looking colored stripes.) Has really long claws and strong muscles. No kits and no mate.

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    Posted March 11, 2014

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    My name is deltastar and i am the leader of nileclan. First will be my deputy and medicine cat. Please be loyal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Good Read

    I enjoyed this new side of Danielle Steel! It's not her typical novel - but it's a must for dog lovers. I found myself identifying with her love of all dogs, but in particular, this dog - as I am a Chihuahua mom as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Wonderful book!

    This book was a gift for my mother who loves Chihuahuas. She said that it is great and couldn't stop reading it once she started. She highly recommends purchasing it.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Bought as a gift

    I will have to wait until the recipient reads it.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    For small dog lovers

    If you are a fan of Danielle Steel or a lover of small dogs, you will enjoy reading about the author's own experiences with her pets. As Steel discusses her first pet and subsequent dogs acquired as a single woman, then later as a wife and mother and beyond, it is obvious that she cares a great deal for her canine companions. Many of her insightful passages are easy for other dog lovers to relate to. A charming, breezy read for a quiet afternoon or a nice little gift for the dog lover in your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Disappointed

    I am a fan of Danielle Steele and her style of writing. I am also a HUGE dog lover. However, I was very disappointed by this book. It was very "choppy", it did not flow well at all. The material was enjoyable, but i could not finish it. I would discourage anyone from purchasing it. Stick with her regular books. JMHO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    pure joy by danielle steel

    Danielle Steel's book is pure joy. Loved it. Recommended it to several friends.

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