A Dog's Purpose

A Dog's Purpose : A Novel for Humans

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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 Hallstrom (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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 333 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 299.37g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765330342
  • 9780765330345
  • 24,469

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"Marley and Me" combined with "Tuesdays With Morrie." "Kirkus Reviews" I loved the book and I could not put it down. It really made me think about the purpose of life. At the end, I cried. "Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author" Anyone who has ever loved a dog needs to read this wise, touching, often hilarious book. "Dr. Marty Becker, Resident Veterinarian on Good Morning America" This quickly paced, touching novel will charm all animal fans, especially those who loved Garth Stein's "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and Vicki Myron's "Dewey," the best-selling saga of a library cat. "Booklist" This book gives you a glimpse into the heart and mind of a dog--and will change your view of our furry friends forever. "Guideposts" By turns funny, heartwarming, and touching without being overly sentimental, Cameron's novel successfully illuminates the breadth of the American dogscape. "Library Journal (starred review)""
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About W Bruce Cameron

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.
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78,263 ratings
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Our customer reviews

I saw this book back in December 2010 listed on the Top Dog Reads list on Goodreads. I was intrigued by the premise of a dog living multiple lives and decided to give it a go. The story is pretty simple, and is told from the view point of a dog that lives multiple lives trying to understand what his purpose is in this world. Each time he reborns, he would still remember his previous experiences and he would use these experiences to help him in various situations. The main arc of the story is spent with the dog as Bailey and the boy Ethan. Cameron would describe in detail how they grew up, played and went through difficulties together. Anyone who's ever own a dog will definitely relate to this part of the story. It sure brought back many memories of me and my dog and all the great times that we had together. Even though this entire story is told from the viewpoint of a dog, I enjoyed how the dog is still predominantly a dog. He acts like a dog and thinks like a dog. He might understand some human words like sit or fetch but still get confused where he is allowed to pee or what he's supposed to do. Through the different lives, we explore the place that dogs have with us. Are they wild animals, best friends, work colleagues or pets that we can throw away? No matter how we treat them, the dogs ultimately want us to love them like they do us. If you love animals and especially dogs then you will love this book. However I should warn you that there are a few heart wrenching scenes in this book and they may make you cry.show more
by Ken Wong
I just loved this book it is an easy read with a lovely message that warms the heart of anyone who has ever loved a dog. My emotions ran the full gamut from laughter to tears.show more
by Beverley Huttmann
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