- Meg Raymond
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A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 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? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book 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 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. (catalog summary)
If you liked A Dog's Purpose, you may want to check out our booklist called "No, No, Bad Dog!" (it also includes non-fiction titles). These books are wonderful tales of "man's best friend."
You might try these fiction titles for a little laughter, maybe a few tears, but always a good "tale."
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver. (catalog summary)
Dog: A Short Novel by Michelle Herman
Dog is about how a person constructs a life for herself, about the bits and pieces that make up a life as one goes along, and about the possibility of goodness, always, among those pieces—the possibility of love, and grace. (catalog summary)
Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee
Sandy Portman and Emily Barlow seem to lead a perfect life. Sandy is a successful businessman from an old-money family, and Emily, beautiful and smart, is quickly gaining respect in her career as a book editor. But Sandy is keeping a few secrets from Emily, and is hit by a car and killed before he has a chance to reveal the truth. In a Dickensian turn of events, he's given an otherworldly chance to make amends as a dog named Einstein. (catalog summary)
I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story by Pete Nelson
As Paul Gustavson's life falls apart he is anchored by Stella, an adoring dog who listens to his every complaint. (catalog summary)
The Labrador Pact by Matt Haig
The story of a family in crisis and the loyal dog that holds them together, from the witty and imaginative author of The Dead Fathers Club. (catalog summary)
Nose Down, Eyes Up by Merrill Markoe
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Walking in Circles Before Lying Down" comes a hilarious novel about a man who won't grow up, his confused relationship with women, and his four (talking) dogs. (catalog summary)
Rose in a Storm by John Katz
Rose is determined and focused, keeping the sheep out of danger and protecting the other creatures on the farm she calls home. But of all those she's looked after since coming to the farm as a puppy, it is Sam, the farmer, whom she watches most carefully. Awoken one cold midwinter night during lambing season, Rose and Sam struggle into the snowy dark to do their work. The ever observant Rose has seen a change in her master of late, ever since Sam's wife disappeared one day. She senses something else in the air as well: A storm is coming, but not like any of the ones she's seen over the years. This storm feels different, bigger, more foreboding. When an epic blizzard hits the region, it will take all of Rose's resolve, resourcefulness, and courage to help Sam save the farm and the creatures who live there. (catalog summary)
Stay by Allie Larkin
Impulsively buying a puppy on the Internet after the heartbreak of watching the love of her life marry another, Van is dismayed when her purchase produces a one-hundred-pound German shepherd whose unlikely friendship introduces her to a ruggedly handsome veterinarian. (catalog summary)