A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

by W. Bruce Cameron
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A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Purpose—the #1 New York Times bestseller—is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron&Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells and Maya Forbes&Wally Wolodarsky.

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.

Bailey's story continues in A Dog's Journey, the charming New York Times and USA Today bestselling direct sequel to A Dog's Purpose.

A Dog's Purpose Series
#1 A Dog’s Purpose
#2 A Dog’s Journey

Other A Dog's Purpose Books
Ellie's Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel
Bailey’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel
Molly's Story: A Dog's Purpose Novel (forthcoming)

The Rudy McCann Series
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man
Repo Madness

Other Books
A Dog's Way Home (forthcoming)
The Dog Master
The Dogs of Christmas
Emory’s Gift

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429960274
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Series: A Dog's Purpose , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,489
File size: 468 KB

About the Author

W. BRUCE CAMERON is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, The Dog Master, The Dogs of Christmas, and The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man. He lives in California.
W. BRUCE CAMERON is the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey and The Dogs of Christmas. He lives in California.

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Maddy_Phillips More than 1 year ago
I have a friend who works in a book store who has never once offered me an "advance reader copy" of a book, but that changed with A Dog's Purpose. "You have to read this NOW" she told me. So I was lucky enough to read this amazing novel before its release, and I couldn't agree more. You should RUN to get this book, it is simply one of the most amazing novels of all time. I've never read a book in my life where I am so immediately sure that 100 years from now people will still be talking about this book, it is the "To Kill a Mockingbird" of our time, the novel that will define what literature could be and was during the first years of this century. The plot sounds simple: a wonderful dog has successive lives, reborn again and again, certain that the reason it keeps having new lives is because it has some purpose to fulfill. I say "it" because the dog is both a female and male during its lives, but by the end you will become so attached to the character of this canine, so fascinated and enthralled and in love with him/her, you will wish this book didn't have to end. But it isn't simple, anymore than life is simple: this is a rich, deep, complex story, a story that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. Disclosure: I loved "Marley & Me" and I love "The Art of Racing in the Rain," so obviously I like dog books. But this is no ordinary dog book. It completely redefines "dog book" and goes where neither of those two books ever went--into the soul of the dog, into the heart of the dog. I'm worried I'm not doing this book justice. But I'm not THAT worried, because the great novels of history always prevail and this is one of those. Other dog books eventually fade away, but A Dog's Purpose is forever. I probably will read this book at least once a year for the rest of my life.
PattyCakeLady More than 1 year ago
I admit it, I bought this book because of the cute cover and because I was desperate for something new to read. The blurbs on the back all sounded good, but those always sound good, don't they? I really had no idea what I was in for. This is a book like no book I have ever read. Honestly, I was hooked from the first sentence, which delighted me and made me laugh out loud. Of course it's a cliche to say something is a page turner, but I'm telling you, a lost almost an entire night's sleep because I couldn't put it down. I'm a reader, I love books, but I can't remember the last time that happened to me. Oh wait, I can. The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. That was the last time I was bleary-eyed from staying up until past three in the morning reading, and then having to roll into my work day looking like crap. I was so entranced with the book that at past three in the morning I had to check out it's website and joined up on it's Facebook fanpage. This book is everything those glowing blurbs on the back cover and on it's website promised. I agree with Iris Dart, author of Beaches, who said "This book is a classic." I agree with Temple Grandin, whom I adore (and whose new book Animals Make Us Human is great too, BTW) who said, "I loved this book and could not put it down." I hear ya, Temple. I've had way too much coffee today because I loved this book and could not put it down. I guess it hasn't been out that long, I hadn't heard anything about it, just bought it like a goofball because of the slightly graying wise sweet black lab on the cover. OK now I'll admit this too, my first dog was a black lab, named Boo Boo. (After Boo Radley, in To Kill A Mockingbird). And here's where I'll really go over the top on this book. I also agree with the other reviewer here who compared it to that classic, brilliant book. How do I know? Because, as tired as I am, I want to go home and reread my favorite parts. Maybe just read the whole thing again. In short (and I haven't been short at all) I simply cannot recommend this book enough. I'll be giving it as a gift this Christmas to everyone I know who loves dogs. Which is everyone I know!
NEBooknote More than 1 year ago
Come to think of it, though, considering the time and effort we humans spend trying to figure out "who we are" and "the meaning of life," and given our delight in anthropomorphising animals (especially those we love), I suppose sooner or later someone would come up with the idea of a dog searching for his meaning in life. Mr. Cameron has the imagination and the talent to pull such a story off with style and panache. The dog's story, divided into a series of separate lives, comes together at the end with inevitable and still surprising results. I don't know when I've enjoyed a book so much. I found it nearly impossible to put down.
HEDI09 More than 1 year ago
AN ABSOLUTE TREASURE! Not being able to do this book justice, may I just say, a dog lover or not, 8 years old to 108, buy this book! You will not regret it! What a story! What we would imagine the thought processes of our dogs, the author portrays beautifully and makes the reader think about the role we play in our pets' lives, good and bad. There are many uplifting moments, as well as tearful ones that are from a dog's perspective that will totally humanize the main character. Not a boring cookie cutter formula read; totally unique, and others I recommend are BEAUTIFUL LIES, EXPLOSION IN PARIS and CUTTING FOR STONE.
kim_turner More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! Once I started, I had to finish and didn't put the book down till I did. Through his canine narrators, Cameron tells one of the greatest love stories I have ever read. If you love dogs, please read this book.
Johnnymacdee More than 1 year ago
This review is from: A Dog's Purpose (Hardcover) I received a publisher's advance copy of W. Bruce Cameron's first novel, "A Dog's Purpose". In a word? Magnificent. OK, two words. Brilliant. Actually three. Soul. Bruce Cameron has brought forth a magnificent, touching piece of a soul's journey through life in search of purpose and meaning. At times hilarious and yet other times heart breaking, Bruce brilliantly weaves a story of a dog and its quest that is told with such heart and humanity that anyone who has ever had a dog (or any pet , for that matter) feels that this truly is how they see us and the world in which they live. The humor is real and effortless. You will find yourself laughing out loud. You will also cry. Real tears born out of your life's memories of pets past and the essential intertwining of souls that exists in no other relationship. That bond (from the dog's perspective) is what brings the true love in this novel to life. Though many dream of writing that one great novel, the difference here is that Bruce Cameron has done it right out of the gate and I have a feeling that there is plenty more where that came from. An essential, five star must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a few years now, I've always kept as my number 1 favorite book of all time, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and I read a lot of books....all different genres, but that book was still my number 1. Well, after reading "A Dog's Purpose", I now have TWO number 1 books of all time! This book was so good. I laughed, I cried (a few times) and it was just the greatest book! Do yourself a favor and read this one. In fact, I might just read it again - it was that good - and I never re-read books. It makes you so much want to be a part of this dog's life. Incredible. If 5 stars is the highest rating - then this book should have 10!
Goldenboris More than 1 year ago
Truly a wonderful book. It will make you laugh and cry and realize why you love your dog. One of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a heart-warming novel. I couldn't put it down and breezed through it in a day! There were times when I would laugh out loud, and times when I would cry thinking of my furry friends that I have loved and had to say goodbye to. This book will make you look at your four-legged friends in a different light and thank them for being there for you everyday, whether to lift your spirits or just keep you company. If you view them as just pets, you will realize that they love you unconditionally and just want to be part of the family. Don't hesitate to pick this book up. Wonderful, wonderful read!!!!!
BookWithTruffles More than 1 year ago
Once you begin reading this book,you will not put it down! Cameron gets you into the mind, heart, and sould of man's best friend! This is now one of my all time favorite books!
jumpertex More than 1 year ago
Seriously - anyone who has a dog, wants a dog, had a dog recently pass on, or merely likes to be taken on a wonderful journey needs to own this book. I read "A Dog's Purpose" before I knew anything about it beyond the title and author. I had to stop reading when I was halfway through and realized that I had not moved from my bench for several hours - and this is NOT my reading style. I had become completely lost in the wonderful world of a dog's mind. The next day, I set everything else aside to read and again did not move until I had finished the book. It is at once touching, laugh-out-loud funny, heartfelt, and a fascinating depiction of how a dog's mind actually works (his limited understanding of words, his response to human emotions and scents being his primary sensory input). Every issue related to the care, custody, health and well-being of dogs is presented here as well - from hoarders, rescues, trainers, uneducated abusers, neutering, and the wonderful gift of love that every dog offers. I will always have a copy on hand as a gift for friends when they are faced with the loss of their own beloved canines as I am certain that they will find both comfort and joy in its pages.
daviskho More than 1 year ago
I do not like dog books. I am an easy crier and the last thing I need is a book with a dog, because you know the dog is going to have to die at some point. I have spent my adult life avoiding them like the plague. And then an insistent friend of mine gave me A Dog's Purpose and told me I'd love it. Because of her impeccable taste I sat down to read it, begrudgingly, and noticed something weird within the first few pages. I was laughing. I was laughing, because Toby/Bailey/Ellie/Buddy talks EXACTLY like I imagine my dog talks. The author nailed all the details of the dog's voice, like having food described in terms of whether it is shared by the humans with the dog, or making the siren lure of car rides nearly impossible for the dog to resist. Meanwhile all those funny, sweet details were wrapped up in a story of a dog and his people that felt genuine and real. If you've ever had a dog, pet a dog, or seen a dog, you'll find yourself pondering this book for weeks to come, and hoping that it's as on-target with its message as it was with the dog's voice. And yes, I cried, three or four times. And then started rereading.
KarenB61 More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader, and this is the first time I have ever been compelled to write a review. This book is marvelous! I read excerpts alound to my husband (a staunch non-fiction only reader) and we laughed out loud. While at times disturbing, "A Dog's Purpose" is consistenly heartwarming, funny, poignant, insightful, and oh-so-accurate. The dog's "voice" will ring true to anyone who's ever loved a dog. I didn't want the book to end, and when it did, I was torn between immediately re-reading it, and sharing it with my daughter-in-law. Altruism won out. Since then, I have been recommending it to everyone. You'll love it!
Maria27 More than 1 year ago
I just love A Dog's Purpose. The story was wonderful, the characters were real, and the message was powerful. I recommend to anyone who loves dogs, humans and/or a good story!
Advance_Copy_Reader More than 1 year ago
First and foremost a warning: this book has some great plot twists but the Kirkus review gives them away. If you think you might read this book, you're better off reading an unfavorable review than Kirkus. Though Kirkus loves the book, calling it "Marley & Me meets Tuesdays with Morrie" they also say the "dog understands human language as soon as he hears it." Arggh! The whole POINT of the book is that the dog doesn't understand more than 100 words or so. What I would say about this book: it's a moving story about an animal's search for purpose, a dog's search for the meaning of life. The dog lives more than one life, being re-born over and over again, and is convinced this is because he has not yet fulfilled his purpose. It teaches what you've always suspected: that true love never dies and that our furry friends never forget us.
norway_girl More than 1 year ago
A lovingly written book in the voice of a dog. I don't know how he did it, but if you have ever owned a dog you will know that this author is more dog than human. We all have a purpose in life, the job is trying to find out what it is, and that is the question the dog in this book asks..."What is my purpose?" I could not put it down and sobbed in some spots yelling to myself..."it's just a book, idiot". It is a book about love, loss, loyalty, homelessness, human spirit (and sometime lack thereof). But most important it is a book about friendship and belonging. Pleas e read it and love it. Don't forget the tissues.
literatissima More than 1 year ago
What if animals were able to reincarnate? W. Bruce Cameron explores this question in A Dog's Purpose, a novel about one canine soul embarking on a journey to last more than one lifetime. The novel presents many different situations, but the universal thread weaving them together is the circle of life and the interconnectedness of humanity and species. For me, it was an emotional journey, with laughter and tears. And it made me remember to stop and appreciate my dog all the more. I never want to take a second spent with her for granted. This book is a love letter to the four-legged variety that populate our planet and I recommend it to those that have ever been touched by a dog's purpose.
Joost More than 1 year ago
Flat out....one of the best books I have ever read. Such a novel idea and a teriffic ending. A must read for every dog owner.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this as a paper copy as a small child. I reccomend it to anyone at all, even if you dont like dogs. This book will grab your heart and will never let go
Kaitlin Besselman More than 1 year ago
this book was in my magazine the at my book fair so i got it and this book was glued to my hand it was shocking haert braking and haert warming i did cry so if u lost a dog reacently dont read but other than that 999,999 out of 10 stars
justlainee More than 1 year ago
WHOEVER GAVE THIS BOOK A BAD REVIEW IS OUT OF THEIR MIND. My mom gave me this book for christmas one year to read becuase I recently lost my best friend who yes, was a dog. He was very young and it is one of the worst experiences I have ever had in my life. This book helped me so much through the struggles I was going through. It made me laugh out loud, cry, and have hope. If you have a dog....you need to read this book. It is one of my favorite books of all time. There is nothing better then this book.
bobbewig More than 1 year ago
To start off, I won't say that A Dog's Purpose is one of the best books I've read in a while. That wouldn't be close to expressing what a wonderful book I think this is. To be more accurate, I'd say that A Dog's Purpose is one of the top 3 or 4 books I've ever read in my over fifty years of being an avid reader -- and possibly my all-time favorite! Summarizing the plot even a little bit won't be fair for the potential reader because you'll want to experience every aspect of this terrific book without any advance information of what you will experience as you read it. I think the following information from the jacket cover pertaining to the essence of A Dog's Purpose should suffice. This is a 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? A Dog's Purpose is a heartwarming, insightful and funny story of a dog's many lives -- but is also a book that you'll need to have a box of tissues close by as you read it, as your reading will make you come face-to-face with all of the emotions associated with life (and death). Further, the book is a dog's-eye documentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend; and, at its highest level, attempts to teach that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on Earth is born with a purpose. Well, that's all I'm going to say about this very, very memorable book, which hopefully will be enough to motivate you to read it. I know you'll be very happy you did. Now, I have to go hug my dog, Luigi, tell him what a good boy he is and give him all the love he deserves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I smiled and cried at all the right places and then some. I have responsibly raised poodles for 54 years; bred, obedience-trained and showed in the ring. Dogs have always been a big part of my life--raising 5 children along with them. I now have my last standard poodle, because he is 12 and I am 82. I loved all the reincarnations of Bailey-- feeling all the feelings he felt. I am tearful as I write this to thank you for a Dog's Purpose. I have just finished my first novel---it is about a person I loved as much as Bailey loved his master.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes me sad, happy and mad.
NYgrl1914 More than 1 year ago
This may be a work of fiction, but there isn't anything more real than the love between a dog and their human(s). This book is heartwarming, well-written, and will awaken something deep in your soul. Buy this book now, and then pass it on to a friend. We can all benefit from the love of a dog.