Gizelle’s Bucket List; My Life with a Very Large Dog has been translated into 15 languages around the world and optioned for film. I’m currently working on my second book.
I've explored over 30 countries around the world. My writing has appeared in The LA Times, AFAR, Cosmopolitan, Yahoo!, Matador Network.
I like making bucket lists for humans...and for dogs. Follow the adventure at The Girl & Her Dog Blog.
Out now with Simon & Schuster, the memoir chronicles Lauren’s journey through early adulthood with her 160-pound English Mastiff, Gizelle. When Gizelle gets a dreaded diagnosis, she designs an epic bucket list to make the most of the time they have left.“For anyone who has had a pet; who has loved and lost; who has hoped for the future, this is an enchanting story of an unlikely journey that will stay with you for a long time.”
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“Gizelle's Bucket List is an extraordinary book—wonderfully moving, beautifully written, and sure to resonate with anyone lucky enough to have loved an animal who changed her life. This one will earn a permanent spot in your library, and in your heart.”
"Anyone who's ever loved a pet will identify with the humor that fills one's heart to overflowing and the devastation that breaks it into a million pieces. Watt articulates those emotions with raw authenticity and honesty. She will undoubtedly have readers scribbling their own pets' bucket lists before they even reach the end of this touching memoir."
"As much a story about growing up as about letting go of things that cannot be changed, Watt’s book is also a reminder of the profound healing connection that can exist between humans and the pets they love. A tender, heartfelt story."
"Watt proves courageous. She reckons with her romantic relationship before Gizelle’s death and begins to make peace with her mother’s long-standing addiction. For anyone who’s ever owned and lost a dog, this account holds familiar strains of sadness, comfort, and hope."
“An inspirational, uplifting experience that will leave you feeling that anything is possible. “For anyone who has had a pet; who has loved and lost; who has hoped for the future, this is an enchanting story of an unlikely journey that will stay with you for a long time.”
“A Dog story that doesn’t fail to amaze.”
“Told with humor and compassion, this book will also move you to tears.”
“I laughed and cried. Everyone reading this will be touched by Lauren's amazing bucket list adventures with her dog Gizelle.”
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