Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love

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Random House Publishing Group, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 154 pages
24 Reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Praise for Pure Joy
 
"The mega-selling [Danielle Steel] shares happy memories of her numerous dogs. . . . Steel 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. . . . Plainly told with honesty and affection, these stories are an affirmation of the timeless connection between humans and their canine companions."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Steel doesn't just love to write blockbusters; she loves dogs. Here's her valentine to all the dogs she's raised (looking to be mostly of the small sort), with lots of black-and-white photos throughout. A heady commercial combo."--Library Journal


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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

This is a simple little book. Author Danielle Steel has lived a life filled with children, a few husbands and a variety of dogs. But recently she purchased a little Chihuahua puppy Minnie, who was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Clark - Goodreads

This book is for dog lovers. We were thinking of getting a second dog but thanks to this book we have changed our minds. For that alone, I'm very grateful that I read this book. I'm a sucker for ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

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.

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