Learn more about CCRLS
Reading recommendations from Novelist
Online learning resources
Cover image for A dog's purpose
Format:
Title:
A dog's purpose
ISBN:
9781427286864
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication:
New York, NY : Macmillan Audio, [2017]
Physical Description:
7 audio discs (8.5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
1.
General Note:
Title from container.

Unabridged.

Compact discs.
Summary:
After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?
Added Author:
Holds:

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Status
Searching...
CAMERON W Bruce
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

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 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.

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 .


Author Notes

W. Bruce Cameron was born in Petoskey, Michigan in 1960. He sold his first short story when he was 16 years old to The Kansas City Star and was paid $50.00. He graduated from Westminster College and became a freelance writer. He eventually took a string of day jobs to support his writing habit including driving an ambulance; repossessing cars; selling life insurance, wine making equipment, and men's clothing; programming computers, and analyzing financial statements. In 1995, he started an on-line Internet column, which became successful. He showed his columns to the Rocky Mountain News and in 1998 they began featuring him weekly in their Home Front section. He turned his "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" column into a book, which was published in 2001 and was turned into a hit television show in 2002. His other works include How to Remodel a Man, 8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter, A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, The Dogs of Christmas, and A Dog's Way Home.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

A tail-wagging three hanky boo-hooer, this delightful fiction debut by newspaper columnist Cameron (8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter) proposes that a dog's purpose might entail being reborn several times. Told in a touching, doggy first-person, this unabashedly sentimental tale introduces Toby, who's rescued by a woman without a license for her rescue operation, so, sadly, Toby ends up euthanized. He's reborn in a puppy mill and after almost dying while left in a hot car, he's saved again by a woman, and he becomes Bailey, a beloved golden retriever, who finds happiness and many adventures. His next intense incarnation is as Ellie, a female German shepherd, a heroic search and rescue dog. But the true purpose of this dog's life doesn't become totally clear until his reincarnation as Buddy, a black Lab. A book for all age groups who admire canine courage, Cameron also successfully captures the essence of a dog's amazing capacity to love and protect. And happily, unlike Marley, this dog stays around for the long haul. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Kirkus Review

From humor columnist Cameron (8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter, 2008, etc.), a first novel that follows the spiritual journey of a dog through four incarnations."Toby" is first born in a litter of four to a mother who lives in the wild away from humans. But soon the family is captured. Although his mother wants only to escape, Tobywho understands human language as soon as he hears itis immediately drawn to the human kindness of the woman who has made it her mission to care for strays. Unfortunately her facility is already overcrowded when a vicious new dog arrives. Injured in a fight among the dogs, Toby ends up in a pound where he is put down, but not before he's begun to wonder what his purpose in life might be. He is reborn as "Bailey," a golden retriever who becomes the beloved pet of "the boy" named Ethan. Ethan lives with his parents in town but spends summers on his grandparents' farm, where both Ethan and Bailey form a special bond with a little girl named Hannah. When Ethan is a teenager, a jealous, frankly evil schoolmate burns down Ethan's house. Bailey helps the police catch the perpetrator, but Ethan is badly injured, physically and emotionally. He and Bailey spend his senior year recuperating at his grandparents' farm as his parents' marriage disintegrates. By now Bailey has realized that his purpose is to comfort Ethan. Ethan goes off to college and eventually Bailey dies of old age to be reborn as Ellie, a female dog who becomes the star of a K-9 unit until she loses her sense of smell. Although her owners love her, she never forgets her special bond with Ethan. So when Toby/Bailey/Ellie is reborn, male again, he searches until he finds Ethan, now a lonely old man living on the family farm. Soon Ethan adopts "Buddy," who reunites Ethan with his lost love Hannah.Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays with Morrie.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Like cats, dogs have multiple lives. At least, Bailey, the canine narrator of this first novel, has more than one. Bailey's first life is spent as a feral puppy who learns to trust humans after living with a loving but slightly dotty woman who owns too many dogs to suit the county. Bailey is removed by animal control, and his next life brings him to young Ethan, the human Bailey will love and search for through all his subsequent lives, first as part of K-9 Search and Rescue and then as a dumped and mistreated mutt. Through all these lives, Bailey contemplates his purpose in a voice full of curiosity and humor. He ruminates on the usefulness of cats ( none ) and the strange natures of humans ( Am I a good dog or a bad dog? They can't decide ). This quickly paced, touching novel will charm all animal fans, especially those who loved Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain (2009) and Vicki Myron's Dewey (2008), the best-selling saga of a library cat.--Mediatore Stover, Kaite Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

The New York Times best-selling Tor: Forge hc received a starred review, LJ 6/1/10; George K. Wilson reads. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.