Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

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Dave Barry is famous for not taking many things seriously. Whether it’s American history or the sanctity of detonated beached whales, the aging process or the ease with which illegal Canadian toilets find their way across the board, he has built a career out of finding the humor and the silliness in everyday life.

Of course, that’s how a casual reader might see him. Long-time readers know that plenty of sincerity finds its way into Barry’s writing, whether he’s discussing his relationships with his children or ruminating on 9/11 in his incredible piece, On Hallowed Ground. So the heart and sincerity that make Lessons from Lucy such a wonderful read might surprise some, but to others, it’s a welcome return to form for one of America’s most charming voices.

Lessons from Lucy is a loosely structured glimpse of modern life, detailing the ways we can lose perspective over time, and how just looking at things from a different angle — specifically, the angle of Dave’s beloved dog, Lucy — can center us and remind us of what’s truly important.

Naturally, Dave manages to crack a lot of jokes along the way, but they are brilliantly balanced by kind thoughts, sage advice, and little anecdotes any pet owner can empathize with. Lessons From Lucy might not be Barry’s most uproarious book, but it’s by far his loveliest.

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Author Dave Barry
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish Date 2019-04-02
ISBN 9781501161155
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Issue August 2019
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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