Pure Joy by Danielle Steel

Pure Joy

By Danielle Steel

  • Publication Date: 2013-10-29
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 36 Ratings)

Book Summary


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

From the Hardcover edition.

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Latest Reviews

  • Pure Joy

    By Crrjld
    I truly enjoyed reading Danielle Steel's Pure Joy. Her description of her life with dogs rings very true to me as I have had many of the same experiences. My dogs have all been very different from her dogs but the feelings for the dogs are universal among dog lovers. She expresses that very well. Pure Joy was. Pure joy to read. Like all of her other books hard to put down.
  • Loved this book

    By Akdodger
    I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed every minute of this book. I too had a very small white and tan colored dog that I found endless joy in. I miss her but have a bigger heart because of her.