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W. Bruce Cameron

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I’ve always loved dogs, which puts me in a unique category along with what, maybe two or three billion people?

What’s not to love about an animal who will sit in your living room all day long, waiting for you to get home, and even if you need to work late and then stop for a stress-relieving beverage on your way home, when you unlock that front door, is absolutely overjoyed to see you? How could you not adore an animal who senses when your day is not going well and tries to cheer you up by dumping a sodden tennis ball in your lap?

I was probably 8 years old, playing in the back yard of our house in Prairie Village, KS, when my dad opened the gate and in rushed a 9-week-old Labrador puppy. I fell to my knees and spread my arms and that dog lea

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W. Bruce Cameron Hi Chloe! I have a couple of books that might serve. The Dogs of Christmas has the light-hearted, fun element of dogs that is so much a part of the…moreHi Chloe! I have a couple of books that might serve. The Dogs of Christmas has the light-hearted, fun element of dogs that is so much a part of the books you mentioned.

And in August, a novel I'm very proud of is coming out: The Dog Master. It's a dramatic, even epic, story of the most dangerous time in the history of our species, when the ice was pushing us out onto the treeless plains, where we could be easily preyed upon. We were competing with Neanderthals, who were stronger and faster and had bigger brains--but we prevailed. We had a technology: we had started to master wolves to help us. The Dog Master tells the story of the very first domesticated wolf--the first dog, in other words. I promise you it's an exciting read!

That's August 4th. In the meantime, thank you for writing!

W. Bruce Cameron Hi Pam! My novel Ellie's Story (a children's book) is out April 14th, but the most ambitious work of my life comes out in August. The Dog Master tells…moreHi Pam! My novel Ellie's Story (a children's book) is out April 14th, but the most ambitious work of my life comes out in August. The Dog Master tells the story, from both the human and canine side, of the very first dog in history! (less)
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FIRST: We are already selling out of the first print run. This happened with A Dog's Purpose too, and it means there won't be that many first editions out there. A first edition copy of The Hobbit sold for $ 210,000. Only a pre-order will guarantee a first edition. The Dog Master is exactly like The Hobbit except for plot and character. And, well, setting. But I used some of the same words! So... Read more of this blog post »
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“Because failure isn't an option if success is just a matter of more effort.”
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“Dogs have important jobs, like barking when the doorbell rings, but cats have no function in a house whatsoever.”
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The Eight by Katherine Neville
Book synopsis: Computer expert Cat Velis is heading for a job to Algeria. Before she goes, a mysterious fortune teller warns her of danger, and an antique dealer asks her to search for pieces to a valuable chess set that has been missing for years...In the South of France in 1790 two convent girls hide valuable pieces of a chess set all over the world, because the game that can be played with them is too powerful....
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Wolf Hall (Wolf Hall, #1) by Hilary Mantel
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Book synopsis: "Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning," says Thomas More, "and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money."

England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the Pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events.

Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.
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Home Front by Kristin Hannah
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Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life---children, careers, bills, chores---even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own---for everything that matters to his family.
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A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Book synopsis: 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, A Dog’s Purpose 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, 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.
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When Sea starts getting pressure from the school to put Toby on medication for ADD, something smells fishy, and it isn't the caviar that was served at last week's PTA meeting. Toby's "issues" in school seem, to Sean, to be nothing more than normal behavior for an eight-year-old boy. But maybe Sean just isn't seeing things clearly, which has been harder and harder to do since Toby's new teacher, Jess, started at Bradley. And the school has Toby's best interests at heart, right? But what happens when the pressure to not just keep up, but to exceed, takes hold? When things take a tragic turn, Sean realizes that the price of this accelerated life is higher than he could have ever imagined.
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Losing Julia by Jonathan Hull
Losing Julia by Jonathan Hull
Book synopsis: An epic story of love found and lost, Losing Julia begins in 1928 at the dedication of a memorial to the great War in France. American Patrick Delaney has come to mourn his fallen comrades, especially his best friend, Daniel. When he sees a woman standing alone in the crowd, he realizes she must be Julia, Daniel’s lover. Though Patrick is married, he and Julia fall desperately in love during the brief but unforgettable time they spend exploring the still haunted and battle-scarred countryside. Struggling to reconcile their love with the legacy of war and life’s obligations, Julia and Patrick cling to each other until one fateful step, when Patrick loses Julia, perhaps never to find her again.

From the vicious savagery of trench warfare to the sometimes comic and often tragic indignities of life in a nursing home, Jonathan Hull tells a remarkable story of memory and desire, history and destiny—and of the people who slip from our grasp, only to hold us forever.
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“Because failure isn't an option if success is just a matter of more effort.”
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Tiffany I love love love your books!

message 1: by Yourfiendmrjones (last edited Jul 22, 2008 07:19PM)

Yourfiendmrjones Bruce once showed me the proofs of a new book he was writing. I read it and sent it back with notes, the first being-

"'Seven' as a number is an obvious choice, Bruce. 'Eight'... concise, to the point. That's the way to go."

I have yet to hear back from him.

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