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Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love [With Bonus PDF Disc]
     

Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love [With Bonus PDF Disc]

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by Danielle Steel, Renee Raudman (Read by)
 

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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

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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, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482953978
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 5.34(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:
August 14, 1947
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67
Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/steel/

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Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
JustinCarrigan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book i love dogs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased the book and now I'm waiting for time to read it. I'm sure I will enjoy it as much as every other Danielle Steel has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's alright, pretty informative too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knows alot about herbs.
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Welcome
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure Joy was a nice read. The author was repetitive and I would not have purchased this myself but it was a gift.
LPOWH More than 1 year ago
I will have to wait until the recipient reads it.
JerseyDogMom More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Danielle Steel's book is pure joy. Loved it. Recommended it to several friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.