Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Giveaway Hop & Book Review: A Dog's Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron




Welcome to the Summer Giveaway Hop! This Hop will run from 12:01 AM August 1 to 11:59 PM August 7, and the winner will be chosen via Random.org. Don't forget to visit the other participating blogs, leave comments, and enter their giveaways, too! We're having a hot, hot summer and we all need great beach reading. And swag. And gift cards so we can buy more books! And more great blogs to read! So participate as widely as possible!


Summer Giveaway Hop
Co-hosted by Inspired Kathy of I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Mary from Bookhounds & Forever Young (Adult)


I'll be giving away a wonderful book, A Dog's Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron, together with a beautiful beach towel featuring the cover image. The towel:



A Dog's Purpose, Tom Doherty Associates LLC/Forge, ISBN 9780765330345

This is the story of a dog's lives, and that dog's search for Purpose. Yes, multiple lives, and I hesitate over the choice of a pronoun because this dog spends most of those lives male, but one of them as a female. This might sound silly, but makes for a wonderful story because of the strength of the characterization and the sincere emotion of the tale.

Our narrator's first life is spent as a stray terrier mix mutt who is rescued with his mom and littermates and taken in by a private dog rescuer who has maybe bitten off more than she can chew. The mutt pup is named Toby, and, having learned from his mother to be cautious of humans, now learns that some humans, at least, are to be trusted and loved. Because  the Senora and her helpers are struggling at the edge of their ability to provide for the dogs, things go wrong, and this life is short and ends tragically.

And the former Toby is very surprised to wake up again, this time as a Golden retriever puppy in a not-too-awful puppy mill. This leads, after some adventures, to a life with a boy named Ethan, and the dog, now called Bailey, is happy and fulfilled.

When he, now a she, wakes up after the end of that life as a German shepherd puppy, she's sure she must have some great purpose, something she has to accomplish before she can finally rest.

In each life, our dog learns new lessons, both lessons of understanding, and practical skills, which can then be applied in the next life. Love, loyalty, and the desire to be A Good Dog are the dog's guiding lights, and you'll laugh, and cheer, and shed a few tears along the journey.

This is a warm, wonderful read, great for the beach, and you'll look at your own dog a little differently.

Highly recommended.



Purchase it: You can buy a copy of A Dog's Purpose from Amazon.com or from BarnesandNoble.com for under $15 plus shipping & handling, or you local bookstore can order it for you if they don't have it in stock.
Win it: The winner of this giveaway will receive one copy of A Dog's Purpose, together with a beach towel featuring the book's cover image.
Mandatory entry: Leave a comment telling me what interests you about this book, or about a dog who made a difference in your life.
Bonus entries:
1. Follow this blog on Google Friend Connect, and leave a comment saying that you've done so.
2. Tweet once about this giveaway, and leave a comment saying that you've done so: Lis Carey's Library having #giveaway for copy of A Dog's Purpose be sure to stop by to enter to win @ElisabethCarey
(I'd love to have you tweet about it as often as you like, but by the rules of the Summer Giveaway Hop, I can only count it as one entry.)
3. Follow me on Twitter, @ElisabethCarey, and leave a comment saying that you've done so.

Disclaimer: I received one copy of this book for review, and a second copy and the towel for the giveaway, free from the publisher. I have received no other compensation.




68 comments:

  1. I'm interested in this book because I LOVE animals, especially dogs. The story line is very different than the other animal books I've read and sounds very interesting.

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  4. GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Thank you!

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  5. I have an amazing Australian Shepherd named Biscuit that was a rescue. Its a long story, but we found Biscuit the very day he was to have been euthanized. I could ramble on and on about how special he is to us.
    I would love to win this book. It sounds like one of those moving heart warming stories that I never seem to read enough of but always love when I happen to chance upon one.

    Thanks for the chance to win this.
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  6. I follow on GFC - The Happy Booker
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  7. This interests me because dogs and animals in general are a big thing to me. All my pets are rescues in there own way. And yet they have always rescued me. I remember in fifth grade my collie was my best friend I told him everything. Not because I had no friends but because my other "friends" turned there back on my and picked on me my whole 5 grade year everyone in my classes included. It was difficult but every day I got home I had him there smiling at me. Today 7 years later he's 12 and I have to be there for him.

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  8. I really like the idea that the dog goes through many dog's lives. It sounds like a very good book.
    All my animals are rescues. My toughest one was 1 of 3 siamese, I rescued from someone who didn't know how to treat animals. She had been passed around between him and his friends. She had been treated so cruelly, after about the first 6 weeks of having her, I thought I might have to put her down. But, I persisted, and it took years to build up her trust. After 7 years, my son made a breakthough with her, and she now gets in his lap all the time. She has really made a difference in our lives.
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  9. I'm loving the stories! Keep them coming! Thank you to everyone who's stopping by.

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  10. Please enter me in the draw!

    I'm following you on GFC (Darlene), and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. +1 for tweeting:

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  12. +1 following on Twitter (@DarleneBookNook)

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  13. I grew up with cats. My grandparents had a beagle named Smokey that I loved. Now, we have 2 dogs that we adore. We love pets & I'd love to read more pet stories. books(at)bookwormfamily(dot)com

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  16. We are animal lovers, and I just love to read about animals. Dogs are something special. I love them even though one attacked me seriously and left two serious scars on my leg. After all, that was only dog. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  20. My dog Fred was the love of my life, he died after 15 years and my heart went with. He came before our first child and he liked to hang by the crib until we let him sniff each one and then he figured they were his to protect from then on. My youngest of 5 misses him the most. We now have a standard poodle and he is ok, but I miss my Fred. thanks GFC Lisa lisapeters at yahoo.com

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  21. That its from a dog's perspective

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  22. I had a dog named Shane growing up, a police trained dog who was a German Shepherd. My mom worked 2 jobs so she had to leave my 4 sisters and I home alone at night a lot, but we always had Shane there to protect us. We were never scared because we knew Shane would never let anyone near us. That's why I would like to read this book, because I miss my dog :)
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  23. I am a GFC follower :)
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  25. I am curious about the dog and its characteristics. I wonder if the book really gets onto a dogs head, it would be great to know what they thought. Its intriguing


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  29. I love books about dogs. After my heart problems a year or so ago, my little dog got me moving again. He keeps me active with our daily walks.

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  30. In rehab to walk again after a near-death MVA, I came across an amazing therapy dog, a golden lab named Goldie. Goldie taught many lessons as she herself had 3 legs! I'll never forget her or her owner.
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  31. Longtime follower in GFC!
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  32. Thanks to everyone who is posting! Your stories about your own dogs are wonderful.

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  33. I would love to win this giveaway. I have 2 dogs, and they certainly have great purpose in my life. I am a Physician Assistant and one of my patients actually had her dog discover her breast cancer by barking incessantly at her chest!

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    This book sounds really interesting. I have heard of cats having nine lives but dogs?

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway. It would have to be Mollie, my daughter's pitbull. She is such a sweetheart.

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  37. GFC follower - Andrea I

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  38. What interests me about the book is that is has an adorble cover.

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  39. What intests me about this book is the fact that I love dogs. I have had and currently have some great dogs. I am just a sucker for animals! They are so sweet and loyal and love you unconditionally.
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  42. i think that the idea of past (and future) lives is interesting. and the idea of a dog being able to cognitively think about his current and past lives is a quite intriguing. sounds like a fun and possibly thought provoking read!
    thanks so much for this great giveaway!
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  43. i'm following you on GFC as Leah F
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  44. i'm following you on twitter: @star4ever16
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  46. Thank you for the giveaway!! I'm interested in this book because I'm an animal lover and I just love a good story about an animal of any sort and dogs make for really great stories!!!
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  47. I follow on gfc as Becca, thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

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  48. I follow you on twitter as sbshortie

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  49. I tweeted at https://twitter.com/#!/sbshortie/status/99932936610131968

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  50. I love dogs and have a dog that I adopted from the humane society and she is the most important thing to me! I love stories about dogs!

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  51. I am interested in the Book because I LOVE Dogs - I had 4 growing up and each had an different & unique impact on my life!

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  54. Love reading books about dogs. We had a dog named Moose that was a little dog but really though he was as big as a moose. He was the best friend I ever had, was always there to please and love no matter what. Gosh I miss him.
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  55. Thanks for the chance to win giveaway.
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  56. My dog, Mr. Renfield is like our son. I know he has thoughts and feelings. He watches tv with us and we take him almost everywhere!

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  60. honestly its because I love dogs and taht cover is just adorable for sure!

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  63. Tweeted the give away

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  64. We are lab people...can't imagine never having a lab. they are the BEST dogs! This book looks like to be about a lab and is something I look forward to reading!

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  66. This giveaway is now over. Thank you to everyone who participated! I'll be announcing the winner as soon as I hear back to confirm their contact info.

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