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

Lessons From Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old Happy Dog In this little gem Washington Independent Review of Books Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and New York Timesbestselling author Dave Barry learns how to age happily from his old but j

  • Title: Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog
  • Author: Dave Barry
  • ISBN: 1501161172
  • Page: 437
  • Format: ebook
  • In this little gem Washington Independent Review of Books , Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and New York Timesbestselling author Dave Barry learns how to age happily from his old but joyful dog, Lucy.As Dave Barry turns seventy not happily he realizes that his dog, Lucy, is dealing with old age far better than he is She has friends, fewer worries, and way In this little gem Washington Independent Review of Books , Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and New York Timesbestselling author Dave Barry learns how to age happily from his old but joyful dog, Lucy.As Dave Barry turns seventy not happily he realizes that his dog, Lucy, is dealing with old age far better than he is She has friends, fewer worries, and way fun So Dave decides to figure out how Lucy manages to stay so happy, to see if he can make his own life happier by doing the things she does except for drinking from the toilet He reconnects with old friends and tries to make new ones which turns out to be a struggle, because Lucy likes people a lot than he does And he gets back in touch with two ridiculous but fun groups from his past the Lawn Rangers, a group of guys who march in parades pushing lawnmowers and twirling brooms alcohol is involved , and the Rock Bottom Remainders, the world s oldest and least talented all author band With each new lesson, Dave riffs hilariously on dogs, people, and life in general, while also pondering Deep Questions, such as when it s okay to lie Answer when scallops are involved Lessons from Lucy shows readers a new side to Dave Barry that s touching and sentimental, but there s still a laugh on every page Sacramento Bee The master humorist has written a witty and affable guide to joyous living at any age Get A Copy Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries ebook, 240 pages Published April 2nd 2019 by Simon Schuster first published October 23rd 2018 More Details ISBN 1501161172 ISBN13 9781501161179 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Lessons From Lucy, please sign up

    Be the first to ask a question about Lessons From Lucy

    Lists with This Book Memoir Published in Year 2019 147 books 53 voters Non Fiction Published in Year 2019 303 books 45 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.06 Rating details 2,654 ratings 518 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 514 More filters Sort order Oct 04, 2018 Barbara rated it liked it 3.5 starsHumorist Dave Barry wrote a syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald for than two decades and is the author of many amusing memoirs In this book, Barry relates seven life lessons he learned from his beloved dog Lucy The lessons are largely common sense, but the anecdotes from Barry s life provide a nice personal touch Dave BarryThe book is uneven, with some stories that are laugh out loud funny and some that are rather mundane Barry has always been a dog person and s 3.5 starsHumorist Dave Barry wrote a syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald for than two decades and is the author of many amusing memoirs In this book, Barry relates seven life lessons he learned from his beloved dog Lucy The lessons are largely common sense, but the anecdotes from Barry s life provide a nice personal touch Dave BarryThe book is uneven, with some stories that are laugh out loud funny and some that are rather mundane Barry has always been a dog person and starts the book with amusing stories about his previous canines Mistral, Earnest, and Zippy About ten years ago, Barry s family adopted a new dog, Lucy, from a rescue agency, and Lucy proved to be beautiful inside and out Lucy knows how to be happy, and that s the idea behind Barry s Lessons from Lucy Dave Barry and Lucy Lesson 1 Make New Friends, And Keep The Ones You HaveLucy greets almost everyone she meets, both people and dogs, with her tail wagging Lucy loves everyone and therefore has loads of friends.Barry on the other hand, has fallen out of touch with old friends and rarely makes new ones So he s made a vow When I meet new people, I m going to make an effort to not hide behind my humor barrier, not to use my age 70 as an excuse I m going to think about Lucy and be open to new friendships and stay in better touch with my old friends Lesson 2 Have Some FunLucy has fun all the time She loves to play with her family, her toys, and other dogs Barry fears that he s stopped having fun now that he s older, and wants to remedy that by reviving his involvement with two organizations that he found enjoyable in the past The World Famous Lawn Rangers and the Rock Bottom Remainders The World Famous Lawn Rangers are a marching unit that performs precision lawn mower and broom routines in parades by precision, he means not even remotely precise Each Ranger, wearing a cowboy hat, marches holding a broom in one hand and pushing a lawn mower with the other At the brooms up command, the Rangers raise their brooms and either walk the dog run around in small circles turning the mowers 360 degrees or cross and toss switch places with other Rangers and toss their brooms to each other.The Lawn Rangers have marched in parades all over the country, including the Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, and President Obama s inauguration parade Dave hasn t marched with the Rangers in a while, but hopes to rejoin them soon.______The Rock Bottom Remainders are a rock band composed of authors Some of the original members were Amy Tan, Stephen King, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount Jr Barbara Kingsolver, and others.The Rock Bottom Remainders who perform at book related or benefit events were always terrible musically speaking , and Roy Blount Jr described their musical genre as hard listening However, the group developed a repertoire of onstage shtick and hijinks that was very entertaining The band sometimes has guest musicians , and when Carl Hiaasen performed with the band he was so nervous that he brought his guitar teacher onstage with him Dave hasn t played with the band recently, and is looking to remedy that Lesson 3 Be Mindful Pay AttentionTo The People You Love Not Later, Right Now.Lucy is always fully present in the moment She doesn t second guess the past or fret about the future she s a dog, after all For instance, when the trash man comes to collect the garbage, Lucy strenuously objects by barkingbut the instant the man is gone, Lucy forgets about him Barry, on the other hand, is often not in the moment Like many other people, Barry is constantly checking his phone or thinking about other things even when he s with family and or friends He hopes to change that Lesson 4 Let Go Of Your Anger, Unless It s About Something Really Important, Which It Almost Never Is Lucy doesn t hold on to anger She gets mad sometimes at the garbage man, the Goodyear blimp, and sometimes at dogs that for some unknown reason she decides are assholes But as soon as the cause of her anger is gone, Lucy is over it.Barry gets angry much often than Lucy, at lots of things, such as People who sample too many flavors at the ice cream shop when there s a big line behind them He sometimes thinks to himself If everyone else in line hated you as much as I do, your body would burst into flames from the hate rays being beamed at it People who stop at a red light and immediately look down at their phone, not paying attention to when the light turns green again People who repeatedly stand up at a sports event, so the spectators behind them can t see People who litter People who don t say thank you when you hold the door for them And lots.Barry gets especially angry at Comcast customer service and tells a hilarious story about this But, taking an example from Lucy, Barry is trying to let things go a little Lesson 5 Try Not To Judge People By Their Looks, And Don t Obsess Over Your Own.Lucy doesn t judge other dogs by their appearance.Unlike dogs, humans are obsessed with looks, a trait that s hard wired into human biology In prehistoric times for reasons related to natural selection women were attracted to men who could provide food and protection that is, guys who were strong and aggressive and men were attracted to women who were fertile that is gals who looked attractive.which is indicative of good health In modern times, physical traits are less important for human survival but men and women are still attracted to a certain kind of look Barry notes that he never resembled the man who in caveman days would have helped with the mastodon hunt Instead, Dave always looked like the guy who would have stayed a safe distance away and cracked jokes As a result, teenage Dave had a hard time attracting girlspecially the pretty girls he liked.When Barry got older, he learned to appreciate qualities other than looks, like intelligence, sense of humor, honesty, wisdom, courage, generosity, etc The moral is, you shouldn t judge people by their appearance There are exceptions of course.d you can be legitimately put off by folks who have a swastika tattooed on their forehead Lesson 6 Don t Let Your Happiness Depend On Things They Don t Make You Truly Happy, And You ll Never Have Enough Anyway.Lucy doesn t worry about hurricanes.which tend to mess with our things She doesn t get nervous because she doesn t know a storm is coming Humans, however, become frantic when a hurricane is approaching, and Barry tells a long story about this I ll cite some brief excerpts.Barry s family, which lives in Florida, sees a lot of big storms One thing Barry and his wife do when a storm approaches is buy supplies, like food sandwich makings, canned soup, Spam, candy, chipsd enough granola bars and peanut butter crackers to supply a cruise ship for six months at sea After the hurricane, when there s no electricity and people are left without internet phone cable the restoration of power becomes an all consuming obsession People would sacrifice a goat if they thought it would bring their power back, and they had a goat In large part, this is because people can t tolerate the loss of technological conveniences and diversions computers, internet, big screen TVs, etc.Barry writes about how happy he was when, in 1955, his family got their first television even though it was tiny and had horrible reception Now, like many people, Barry has a ton of stuff.d it s not enough He s always buying Having learned simplicity from Lucy, Barry plans to divest himself of superfluous belongings Lesson 7 Don t Lie Unless You Have A Really Good Reason, Which You Probably Don t.Lucy and other dogs are honest to a fault You always know when dogs have done a bad thing because they confess by whimpering and looking guilty Cats on the other hand, have no remorse and have the morals of Hannibal Lecter Barry writes If you come home and find your cat inside your parakeet s cage, holding your dead parakeet in its jaws, your cat will be like Obviously this parakeet committed suicide People are like cats than dogs They lie all the time Sometimes folks tell little white lies like when a six year old, watching a commercial, asks What is Viagra or a friend texts something meant to be funny and you text back LOL when you re really OMA Only Mildly Amused.But often, people tell serious untruths especially politicians Barry believes it s almost always better to be honest with people Act like Lucy, if you mess up, fess up At the end of the book Dave assesses the changes he s been trying to make in his life and his self assessed grades for the seven lessons are C, A, C , B , B , B , B Not too bad This isn t one of Dave Barry s best books IMO but it s still worth reading if you need a smile Thanks to Netgalley, the author Dave Barry , and the publisher Simon Schuster for a copy of the book.You can follow my reviews at flag 68 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Mar 04, 2019 Liz rated it really liked it Shelves nonfiction, netgalley I loved Dave Barry s newspaper column back in the day, especially when he wrote about Earnest and Zippy So, I jumped at the chance to read his latest book, Lessons from Lucy, combining as it did his trademark wit and stories about a dog Like Dave, I am the parent of an older large dog I m reading this book, at the point where Dave writes that when we say her name or reach down to pet her, her tail thumps the floor in a drumbeat of joy , at the same time that I m petting Cooper, whose tail is I loved Dave Barry s newspaper column back in the day, especially when he wrote about Earnest and Zippy So, I jumped at the chance to read his latest book, Lessons from Lucy, combining as it did his trademark wit and stories about a dog Like Dave, I am the parent of an older large dog I m reading this book, at the point where Dave writes that when we say her name or reach down to pet her, her tail thumps the floor in a drumbeat of joy , at the same time that I m petting Cooper, whose tail is thumping the floor in the same drumbeat There s no new ground covered here You could write out all the lessons without reading the book But that doesn t mean it s not a fun book or that I didn t laugh I did Sometimes out loud So many of his stories hit home for me Whenever you see the word motivational used in a corporate training context, you should just substitute the word stupid Yup Or when he recounts his fun with Comcast because I swear I ve had the exact same conversation with those idiots It s an extremely easy read and is perfect when you need an escape from the heavy dramas or psychological thrillers And it reminds us of the most important lesson of all, that time is fleeting and we should enjoy it with our two and four legged loved ones My thanks to netgalley and Simon Schuster for an advance copy of this book flag 65 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jul 13, 2018 Montzalee Wittmann rated it it was amazing Lessons From Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary.This book is so full of warmth, love, tenderness, humor, insight, and just good old common sense His writing flows with wit and wisdom, love and memories, hope and a canine spirit He gives lessons he has, and is learning from his elderly dog Lucy Each lesson is something we all could work on They each are heavily sprinkled with humor and common sense Some ar Lessons From Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary.This book is so full of warmth, love, tenderness, humor, insight, and just good old common sense His writing flows with wit and wisdom, love and memories, hope and a canine spirit He gives lessons he has, and is learning from his elderly dog Lucy Each lesson is something we all could work on They each are heavily sprinkled with humor and common sense Some are emotional than others This is a must buy book for yourself, for dog lovers, for those getting older, for those that think they have everything Terrific book flag 52 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 23, 2018 Cheri rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves animals dogs, 2018, self help, non fiction, humor NOW AVAILABLE Yesterday morning I began reading Dave Barry s Lessons from Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog and laughed out loud and was glad that, for me, it was a dog oriented day, and happy that these two coincided by happenstance With a few exceptions, I ve had a dog or two most of the years of my life When I was an infant, my mother used to put me down for my naps on our Irish Setter, and he would watch over me, like Nana in Peter Pan When I began to try to walk, he wo NOW AVAILABLE Yesterday morning I began reading Dave Barry s Lessons from Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog and laughed out loud and was glad that, for me, it was a dog oriented day, and happy that these two coincided by happenstance With a few exceptions, I ve had a dog or two most of the years of my life When I was an infant, my mother used to put me down for my naps on our Irish Setter, and he would watch over me, like Nana in Peter Pan When I began to try to walk, he would knock me back down on all fours, so certain was he that I belonged on all fours, as I belonged to him As I write this, I have two dogs sleeping beside me Inside this collection of Barry s musings are seven chapters, each one a Lesson from Lucy, all of which are based on struggles that Dave Barry might have, and the wisdom he gains, the perspective he receives when he sees how Lucy responds when faced with challenges From topics like the 1954 1973 TV show Lassie, to how routine oriented dogs can be, to some of the things they seem to have conquered the state of being happy seems to be what dogs do best And so he examines their methods of achieving happiness or avoiding unhappiness , by observing how they deal with life, in general.There are also stories that include friends of his, both here and gone, that are incredibly touching stories His stories of his years with The Rock Bottom Remainders,a band comprised of Barry and other authors, including Amy Tan, Stephen King, Roy Blount, Jr Robert Fulghum, Ridley Pearson, Barbara Kingsolver, Matt Groening and others, a band that was meant to disband after a single performance, but as time went by added as others left, including occasionally actual big time musicians such as Judy Collins, Springsteen and Warren Zevon.Sweet and humorous, this made me and Stephen King laugh out loud His observations on our need for such platforms as Facebook, the frustrations of dealing with Comcast, AARP, and preparing for a hurricane is not something I d associate with humour, but even this one had me laughing While this may not have answers to the larger questions of life, and reading it will not cure any major health issues, it is full of the medicine of laughter, and as they say laughter is the best medicine I say, laughter and a dog are the best medicine.Pub Date 02 Apr 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by Simon Schuster flag 49 likesLike see review View all 37 comments Oct 19, 2018 Jennifer rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves absolute favorites, giveaway winner, stand alone novel, read 2018, rdn, arc simon schuster, own paperbook, animal lovers Dave Barry fans will not be disappointed In Lessons From Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog, Barry shares all the humor, perspective, and life lessons he has been gifted during his time with his dog Lucy With seven chapters in total, each chapter shares a new lesson but Barry tends to go the long way around in revealing it That s a good thing though Laugh out loud funny and sometimes deeply thought provoking, the lessons touch on the following subjects be friendly find opportunities Dave Barry fans will not be disappointed In Lessons From Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog, Barry shares all the humor, perspective, and life lessons he has been gifted during his time with his dog Lucy With seven chapters in total, each chapter shares a new lesson but Barry tends to go the long way around in revealing it That s a good thing though Laugh out loud funny and sometimes deeply thought provoking, the lessons touch on the following subjects be friendly find opportunities to have fun give priority time to loved ones let go of anger don t judge people by appearances material items won t make you happy be honestAs you can see, quality stuff inspired by the playfulness, love, and loyalty of man s and woman s best friend Check it out Thank you to and Simon Schuster I was a Giveaways winner of a paperback ARC advance reader s copy of Lessons From Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog flag 47 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Sep 05, 2018 Theresa Alan rated it really liked it In Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry looks to his dog for ways to be a happier human Lucy loves everyone and adjusts to whatever circumstances come her way She s friends with everyone, and so Dave puts efforts into existing friendships and develop new ones.I chuckled out loud many times over the course of this book In the course of laughing, he also reminds you of stuff like pay less attention to your phone and to the people you love Yes, every self help book ever written talks about t In Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry looks to his dog for ways to be a happier human Lucy loves everyone and adjusts to whatever circumstances come her way She s friends with everyone, and so Dave puts efforts into existing friendships and develop new ones.I chuckled out loud many times over the course of this book In the course of laughing, he also reminds you of stuff like pay less attention to your phone and to the people you love Yes, every self help book ever written talks about that, but it s an important reminder nonetheless As self help books go, this one is fun than most Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book flag 38 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 03, 2019 Melki rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves humorous essays, dog is my copilot, old age aint fer sissies You re only young once, but you can always be immature.Another laugh out loud collection from Barry this time the focus is on aging gracefully like a dog.Actually, Lucy s lessons are great for any age group live in the moment, don t forget how to have fun, looks aren t important, etc It s just that, as Bonnie Raitt once reminded us time gets mighty precious when there s less of it to waste so we readers of a certain age need to start paying attention to what we re doing with wh You re only young once, but you can always be immature.Another laugh out loud collection from Barry this time the focus is on aging gracefully like a dog.Actually, Lucy s lessons are great for any age group live in the moment, don t forget how to have fun, looks aren t important, etc It s just that, as Bonnie Raitt once reminded us time gets mighty precious when there s less of it to waste so we readers of a certain age need to start paying attention to what we re doing with what s left of our lives Though there are bits here that will appeal strongly to pet owners, you really don t need to be a dog lover to enjoy this book Likewise, if, like me, you love dogs so much that the sight of that dear, elderly, canine face on the cover gives you pause because you don t want to read yet another book where the dog dies view spoiler relax As of April 4th of this year, Lucy is still alive, and dispensing wisdom hide spoiler A great read for those times when you want a both a laugh, and a warm, sort of pensive feeling flag 30 likesLike see review May 14, 2019 Diane Barnes rated it really liked it Shelves bedtime books Okay, so we ve got Dave Barry, who can always be counted on to elicit the snort milk from your nose kind of laughter when you least expect it And we ve got Lucy, his old dog, who lives a good, character driven life, because she s a dog, and that s what they do And Lucy does not die in the end So what s not to love about this one Absolutely nothing Dave tries to be like his dog, giving us lessons he learned and grading his successes It mostly works out.The last chapter, though, gets m Okay, so we ve got Dave Barry, who can always be counted on to elicit the snort milk from your nose kind of laughter when you least expect it And we ve got Lucy, his old dog, who lives a good, character driven life, because she s a dog, and that s what they do And Lucy does not die in the end So what s not to love about this one Absolutely nothing Dave tries to be like his dog, giving us lessons he learned and grading his successes It mostly works out.The last chapter, though, gets much serious, as his family has to work through an unexpected illness, but he, and we, learn even appreciation for how good our lives truly are flag 28 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 29, 2018 Susan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites, read 2018, netgalley read, nonfiction, memoir, animals dogs I m a sucker for a dog on the cover of a book and I m so glad I read Lessons From Lucy This book is funny, thoughtful and made me think about how I am living my life and what I can do to make it better I literally had a smile plastered on my face the whole time Best book I ve read all year and I highly recommend it for dog lovers and anyone that needs a to stop and reflect on life for just a minute or two.Thank you to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster for an advance e copy in exchange for an h I m a sucker for a dog on the cover of a book and I m so glad I read Lessons From Lucy This book is funny, thoughtful and made me think about how I am living my life and what I can do to make it better I literally had a smile plastered on my face the whole time Best book I ve read all year and I highly recommend it for dog lovers and anyone that needs a to stop and reflect on life for just a minute or two.Thank you to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster for an advance e copy in exchange for an honest review flag 23 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 06, 2018 Renee itsbooktalk rated it really liked it 4.5 stars This is my first Dave Barry book but it won t be my last I have to admit, I wanted to read this based on the fact that I have an older black lab so that title immediately drew me in What I was surprised about, however, is that this isn t entirely a book about a dog which came as a pleasant surprise Barry uses Lucy and his relationship with her in her aging yearsand his as well as he just turned 70 lay out many pieces of advice and rules for living he d like to accomplish in 4.5 stars This is my first Dave Barry book but it won t be my last I have to admit, I wanted to read this based on the fact that I have an older black lab so that title immediately drew me in What I was surprised about, however, is that this isn t entirely a book about a dog which came as a pleasant surprise Barry uses Lucy and his relationship with her in her aging yearsand his as well as he just turned 70 lay out many pieces of advice and rules for living he d like to accomplish in his remaining years He has a chapter about anger that s absolutely hysterical because it s so true I was laughing out loud while reading at a restaurant waiting on a friend The story is played out as if he s a friend talking to you, it s very conversational, tongue in cheek , and sarcastic in the best possible way What he does say about dogs and living with them is so spot on, funny, and sentimental that I loved those parts as well Overall, this was a wonderful feel good book that made me laugh and appreciate by best furry friend flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 16, 2018 Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 Like Dave Barry, I m a dog person I ve had dogs for most of my life and cannot conceive of living without one They are truly creatures of joy and are always a delight, except when they chew one of your prized books or pee in the house But these are small prices to pay for such a happy, sweet and loving friend.Dave takes us through seven lessons he has learned from his 11 year old dog Lucy Interspersed throughout and between these lessons are related and unrelated observations on life plus so Like Dave Barry, I m a dog person I ve had dogs for most of my life and cannot conceive of living without one They are truly creatures of joy and are always a delight, except when they chew one of your prized books or pee in the house But these are small prices to pay for such a happy, sweet and loving friend.Dave takes us through seven lessons he has learned from his 11 year old dog Lucy Interspersed throughout and between these lessons are related and unrelated observations on life plus some amusing anecdotes You will get Dave s thoughts on such diverse topics as diversity training, Comcast which Dave lovingly calls Bomcast customer service, hurricane preparedness, when lying is permissible, and Dave Barry is funny no question about it and you will chuckle, snicker and laugh out loud while reading this book But hidden among the fun and hilarity are nuggets of wisdom that have the potential to improve our lives Lessons from Lucy is a fun quick read that will make you laugh and then laugh some plus learn some invaluable life advice from a mixed breed dog.Dave Barry is a very talented writer, having won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988 For twenty two years, Barry wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald He is the author of than 30 books with the bulk of them being humorous non fiction works.Thank you to Simon Schuster and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review flag 12 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 15, 2018 Nancy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley What could be better than combing Dave Barry s humor and the love of a dog Lessons from Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog was a perfect read to refresh my mental health and adjust my attitude I laughed out loud and I felt warm and squishy inside Barry admits he s always been a dog person, as have I My childhood mutt Pepper and I loved each other She followed me to school, sometimes even got into the school to show up at my classroom door I would lay on the floor to color and Pep What could be better than combing Dave Barry s humor and the love of a dog Lessons from Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog was a perfect read to refresh my mental health and adjust my attitude I laughed out loud and I felt warm and squishy inside Barry admits he s always been a dog person, as have I My childhood mutt Pepper and I loved each other She followed me to school, sometimes even got into the school to show up at my classroom door I would lay on the floor to color and Pepper would place her chin on the small of my back I loved to stroke her long, soft, floppy ears For Barry, his childhood dog surpassed Lassie in heroism, for Mistral would eat the Brussels Sprouts Barry slipped to him during dinner Barry shares his dog stories and stories from his family life to illustrate the lessons Lucy has taught him about how to live I cracked up over so many things He takes on Facebook and electronic devices, the horror of shellfish as Phlegms of the Sea, white lies, hurricane preparation, teenage angst over appearance, and the difference between dogs and cats Dogs feel guilt, even if they haven t done anything wrong cats have the morals of Hannibal Lecter The seven lessons are not profound or unexpected, but essential and wise Barry even scores himself on how he has been progressing in trying to put the lessons into practice It s worth a try I sure envy the happiness of old dogs Our Shibas in their golden years impressed me with the smiles on their faces just enjoying the comfort of a thick foam bed I received a free ebook from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 11 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Apr 16, 2019 Jessica rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves audiobooks, nonfiction, library, humor This started out, and actually ended, as a very sweet, funny look at seven lessons we can learn from Barry s dog Lucy, a ten year old mutt who lives life to the fullest She loves food and walks and treats and being petted Barry s advice is quite solid let go of anger and grudges, hang on to friends, look for things to do that are fun and bring you joy He talks about Hurricane Irma, which derails some of his plans to emulate Lucy by being outgoing, and finishes with a report card describ This started out, and actually ended, as a very sweet, funny look at seven lessons we can learn from Barry s dog Lucy, a ten year old mutt who lives life to the fullest She loves food and walks and treats and being petted Barry s advice is quite solid let go of anger and grudges, hang on to friends, look for things to do that are fun and bring you joy He talks about Hurricane Irma, which derails some of his plans to emulate Lucy by being outgoing, and finishes with a report card describing how he s doing with these lessons and the goals that he has set And then the book keeps going Suddenly at the end, past the epilogue, there s Just days after turning in the final manuscript, which was ready to go to print, a medical emergency hit their family With audible tears and I do recommend the audiobook for this very reason , Barry tells about what his family went through, speaking with love and gratitude of family and friends and medical professionals who helped them through it It is not only some of his finest writing he actually manages to tie some of it back to Lucy but also simultaneously one of the loveliest and most intense stories that I have ever heard him relate The book is worth it just for that finale flag 10 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 20, 2018 Lani rated it really liked it Shelves self help, non fiction, netgalley You should read this book if you re getting older, like sarcasm, didn t know that Dave Barry plays in a band with Stephen King, live or have lived in Florida especially in Hurricane season , or even if you own a dog Any of these are good enough reasons to read this book I have read a few books and countless articles from Dave Barry While his humor is not always on mark, I do find him entertaining and sometimes I actually learn something This book was no different I found myself nodding and You should read this book if you re getting older, like sarcasm, didn t know that Dave Barry plays in a band with Stephen King, live or have lived in Florida especially in Hurricane season , or even if you own a dog Any of these are good enough reasons to read this book I have read a few books and countless articles from Dave Barry While his humor is not always on mark, I do find him entertaining and sometimes I actually learn something This book was no different I found myself nodding and relating to him even though I am still a few decades younger than him While his lessons are not amazing or even original, as he tells us several times, it is always good to have a gentle reminder of basically just be a good person and do the right thing It seems there is a lot to learn about life from my dog ARC Provided by Netgalley and Simon Schuster for an honest review Thank you flag 6 likesLike see review Sep 21, 2018 Dianne rated it it was amazing Shelves personal growth, arc read, humor, netgalley, own, self help It s all in the delivery If you shudder at the thought of another self help book, relax, Dave Barry has made it fairly painless, thanks to Lucy, his life lessons guru and aging dog.LESSONS FROM LUCY is filled with humorous one liners, chuckle worthy scenarios and heart felt reasons to embrace life just for the joy of it If readers take nothing else away from this humorous look at life and its many foibles, it is the simple joy in living for the moment, loving with all you have, unconditionally It s all in the delivery If you shudder at the thought of another self help book, relax, Dave Barry has made it fairly painless, thanks to Lucy, his life lessons guru and aging dog.LESSONS FROM LUCY is filled with humorous one liners, chuckle worthy scenarios and heart felt reasons to embrace life just for the joy of it If readers take nothing else away from this humorous look at life and its many foibles, it is the simple joy in living for the moment, loving with all you have, unconditionally and taking time for those around you without ulterior motives.Fresh, fun reading with a ton of heart and beautiful lessons that are so often far easier to act on than holding a grudge or getting caught up in society s acceptables, live, love and give of yourself Dog lovers can relate to Lucy s attitude about life, maybe dogs are smarter than we give them credit for I received a complimentary ARC edition from Simon Schuster Publisher Simon Schuster April 2, 2019 Publication Date April 2, 2019Genre Humor Self helpPrint Length 208 pagesAvailable from Barnes NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow flag 7 likesLike see review Jun 08, 2019 Annie rated it really liked it review of another edition This is a sweet, amusing, touching book a good reminder to appreciate what you have and be positive It wasn t a laugh out loud kind of book Maybe for Dave Barry fans, dog owners, and people who live in Florida, it s a lot humorous flag 6 likesLike see review May 03, 2019 Yodamom rated it liked it While I liked the lessons from Lucy, she is a wise girl, I didn t get much from the inbetween stories Dave Barry has something to say, there was inspiration and some chuckling moments there but they were dulled by filler stories I don t know him, have never heard of him before, perhaps it I had a history with him I would have gotten out of it For a short book it felt long to me flag 6 likesLike see review Mar 21, 2019 Donna Davis rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves primary sources, blogged, memoirs biographies autobio, 2019 ng group challenge, reviewed, net galley, humorous, arc simon and sch, nonfiction, 2019 ng challenge 3.5 rounded up thanks go to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for the review copy This memoir will be available to the public April 2, 2019 Dave is seventy, and his dog Lucy is up there in years as well Unlike most of Barry s essays and books, this one has a reflective aspect and a bit of advice for those nearing or entering their senior years There s still a great deal of humor, but there s a gently philosophical self help thrust not present in his earlier work As a 60 year old retired re 3.5 rounded up thanks go to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for the review copy This memoir will be available to the public April 2, 2019 Dave is seventy, and his dog Lucy is up there in years as well Unlike most of Barry s essays and books, this one has a reflective aspect and a bit of advice for those nearing or entering their senior years There s still a great deal of humor, but there s a gently philosophical self help thrust not present in his earlier work As a 60 year old retired reader that loves her dog, I represent his target demographic And I also have to say his demographic is clearly Caucasian, and this made me a mite uncomfortable I ll get back to that in a minute I have to, since apparently no other reviewer anywhere is going to address it Dave breaks his advice down into seven suggestions, all of which are in some way inspired by Lucy None of his points are especially new or profound, but because he is so capable in describing and explaining them, he makes old tired advice seem worthy of my attention A number of his observations left me nodding my head, and he includes liberal humorous anecdotes that in some cases, made me laugh out loud And here I will put on my teacher hat and tell you that brain studies reveal that learning is easier when there is positive emotion that goes with it Dave wants senior citizens to stop merely being content which is exactly what I am and take the occasional trip out of our comfort zones He describes a family trip to a wildlife preserve in Africa to illustrate his point, and his story is so hysterical that it leaves me gasping for air I can never imagine myself participating, as Dave has, in a parade involving decorated lawnmowers, but I love reading about it And he reminds senior men to find their friends and tell them how important they are A great many men have friends that are very important, and that they haven t talked to in person or even by phone for years What are you waiting for At some point, one of you will be dead, and then the survivor will realize his mistake Barry argues for seizing the moment He also makes me glad I am female My friends hear from me all the damn time, and when I leave the planet, they will know what they meant to me I began reading Barry s work in the 1980s, and during the 90s and 00s, I used one of his columns, How to Play with a Dog, to teach middle school students expository writing Step by step, he told us how to do it, and in the most enjoyable way and that s what expository writing is Kids that didn t like to write sat up and listened to this It is a genius piece of work, and because of this, and because of the long period during which I loved each and every thing he wrote, this book receives a favorable rating from me Because there s also a big problem with it Keep reading I loved the way Barry skewers the whole mindfulness shtick even as he also advocates for some of its better aspects When he digs into the topic of the diversity workshop, I feel a little hitch in my breathing, a twinge of anxiety I read Dave Barry Does Japan, and the things he said about the Japanese demonstrated that his understanding of other races and cultures needs an upgrade Here he tells us that his wife is half Cuban, half Jewish, so we know he s probably not an alt right white supremacist, but at the same time, some of the jokes he makes are cringe worthy at best When he tells us that if he was ever forced to sit through another diversity workshop as was required by the Miami Herald, he would join the Klan and the Black staff members would go with him, I slumped Aw, shit Dave, statements like this are why diversity training even exists If there s a training and you are invited, run there and get you a real good seat In fact, there s a chance that other staffers had to go to a workshop that was mostly aimed at you I have had a similar experience with 3 or 4 other books I ve reviewed, and there s always someone out there that will leave a comment saying it s ridiculous to fuss over one little sentence in the book In anticipation, I have an analogy just for those people, and here it is Imagine you have been invited to a potluck supper You hand your contribution maybe a bowl of potato salad to the host to add to the collection of food, and you grab a plate There are three long tables, and you move down the row selecting from among the crispy fried chicken, the smoky ribs, watermelon, three alarm chili, coleslaw, nachos, garden salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, a bowl of human excrement, baked squash with cinnamon, homemade cherry pie, key lime pie, shrimp salad, pesto salad, deviled eggs, and of course, your own contribution, the potato salad But once you sit down, your appetite has fled, hasn t it You came in feeling hungry You skipped a meal before this thing, cause you knew there d be a lot of good things to eat And of course, when you passed that bowl of human shit, you didn t take any of it, and like everyone else, you politely diverted your eyes away from it once you were satisfied that it was exactly what it looked like What the hell After a glance around the room to see whether a joke is about to be sprung, or at least a conversation had about this inappropriate addition, you edge toward the garbage, where you quietly deposit your uneaten meal, and then you edge toward the door all because of that one thing Why would you toss a plateful of delicious food merely because there was one distasteful thing on the table Because neither you nor your food could be close to that mess for even a minute So that s how I see the Klan reference It s hard to chuckle after a bomb like that has been included, and he even includes a snarky remark after it about the fact that some will be offended, which comes off like an extended middle finger to anyone that doesn t like a Klan friendly joke And maybe that s how it rolls with him he has all the money he needs, and he doesn t care if there are people that don t like what he wrote But I cannot for the life of me understand why someone would write a memoir like this, one intended to provide an excellent philosophy for his aging readers, one which will also be a part of his legacy after he s gone, and then include something that will hurt some of the people that read it I don t get it Do I recommend this book to you From where I sit, if you want it, don t pay full price for it I wouldn t buy it for anyone I like, but now you have my take on it, so the as always, the decision rests with you Sigh flag 4 likesLike see review View all 3 comments May 17, 2019 Namera The Literary Invertebrate rated it really liked it Shelves humour, nonfiction Not as funny as unusual, but I suppose that was to be expected considering it s a book about making the most of your life before your inevitable death.I was especially touched by the epilogue, where Barry talks about his daughter s paralysis Sophie and I are the same age, and sometimes I sort of feel like I know her just from how much I ve read about her in her father s books Weird, I know Blog Bookstagram flag 4 likesLike see review Apr 17, 2019 Patrick Peterson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves humor, psychology, self help, sense of life, journalism, autobiography 18 April 2019 Finished the book about 12 30 am last night could not put it down.Such a gas loved it.The whole book was so funny, entertaining, insightful and precious till the last chapter, which was very different personal to the max , revelatory, emotional, heartbreaking and heartwarming and also thoughtful What a total package.Dave Barry is one of my very favorite authors.He has such a great mix of totally irreverent, off the wall, humor, yet sticks in many incisive observations t 18 April 2019 Finished the book about 12 30 am last night could not put it down.Such a gas loved it.The whole book was so funny, entertaining, insightful and precious till the last chapter, which was very different personal to the max , revelatory, emotional, heartbreaking and heartwarming and also thoughtful What a total package.Dave Barry is one of my very favorite authors.He has such a great mix of totally irreverent, off the wall, humor, yet sticks in many incisive observations that stand the test of time and human nature.Though I would dare say that the vast majority of his fans do not think of themselves as libertarian he is one and shares many of those insights in his books Perhaps they are too undercover for most readers to care or worry about Or possibly they just come across as being another wild ranting that is funny than true He certainly backpedals sometimes when he thinks he may have gone too far.And he poo poos wild statements often enough Of self deprecation, he is a master.But here are a few statements that I wish people took seriously laughing at them is fine but in a bitterly sarcastic way, that means you understand the underlying truth.Loved the scenes where he describes Lucy, his dog, the hero of the book, and her stuffed chew toys, including dolls representing John McCain and Hillary Clinton pp 51 2 Diversity training This is a process whereby a corporation makes a group of employees sit in a room with a professional diversity trainer, who subjects them to lectures, videos and role playing exercises about the importance of respecting each other until the employees finally come to the realization that they hate the diversity trainer and want to do the diametrical opposite of whatever he or she is telling them There is no American institution monumentally incompetent than the federal government So don t be like our political leadership Be like Lucy his dog, who he has shown throughout the book to be an incredibly admirable creature, eminently worth emulating lying It s wrong because even if a lie helps you, it deceives somebody else, and it undermines the trust that holds us all together If we can t trust each other, we can t work with each other, learn from each other, enjoy each other, love each other Lying makes the world a dodgier, crapier place And that is about the greatest statement anyone can make I almost never argue about politics any, and I have pretty much stopped watching the nonstop freakout a thon that is cable TV news I am a far happier person for it The book is a very fast, enjoyable read I made it all the way through in about 6 hours or so At 225 pages total, that is a really rapid page rate for me of about 37 pages hr My normal, for most any book is like 10 15 pp hr flag 3 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Aug 30, 2018 Monnie rated it it was amazing How do I love thee One of the ways is making me laugh And nobody does that better than this author, who has been a favorite of mine ever since somewhere in the early 1980s if memory serves me well when I began reading and giggling my way through his syndicated newspaper columns Several books have crossed my reading path as well, the latest being this one It s a bit introspective than others have been after all, he s getting older like the rest of us for the record, he s about s How do I love thee One of the ways is making me laugh And nobody does that better than this author, who has been a favorite of mine ever since somewhere in the early 1980s if memory serves me well when I began reading and giggling my way through his syndicated newspaper columns Several books have crossed my reading path as well, the latest being this one It s a bit introspective than others have been after all, he s getting older like the rest of us for the record, he s about seven years younger than I am Nonetheless I chuckled, chortled and, on occasion, belly laughed my way from beginning to end.Subtitled The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog, the center of attention here is Barry s aging dog Lucy From watching and clearly loving her, he has derived seven lessons that everyone not just those of us for whom the years ahead are far fewer than those we ve left behind would do well to consider That s largely because Lucy has always known how to be happy if we follow her examples, we, too, can live out the rest of our years as happier individuals with fewer regrets Each chapter presents a new lesson No 1 Make New Friends And Keep the Ones You Have , followed by his observations of Lucy s behavior and his conclusions as to why we humans would do well to be copycats.Did I mention cats That reminds me to mention Barry s often wry humor runs rampant throughout the book, including a reference to cats, who he claims have the morals of Hannibal Lecter My personal favorite is his take on the burden of Social Security costs that is being passed to younger generations I view this as payback for what the younger generations have done to music Both amusing, yes but the no spleen story had me quite literally doubled over and in tears you ll just have to read it for yourself.Now that I ve finished the book, I ll offer one of my own life lessons Never underestimate the importance of laughter It will trust me on this serve you well through the best of times and the worst of times This book provides a wonderful reminder of that and I thank the publisher via NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy It s rare that I say this, but I really, really didn t want this one to end flag 3 likesLike see review May 20, 2019 Tracy Challis rated it really liked it Shelves audiobooks, memoirs 3.5 stars rounded up because of the addendum Don t get me wrong this is a good book It has funny parts, touching parts, and really meaningful points to make But I thought I was getting a dog book, and this is not really a book about a dog Dave Barry uses his dog s personality as a framework with which to talk about his own life There is nothing inherently wrong with that it is just that I went in expecting something much different I listened to the audio and I thought Barry s delivery of 3.5 stars rounded up because of the addendum Don t get me wrong this is a good book It has funny parts, touching parts, and really meaningful points to make But I thought I was getting a dog book, and this is not really a book about a dog Dave Barry uses his dog s personality as a framework with which to talk about his own life There is nothing inherently wrong with that it is just that I went in expecting something much different I listened to the audio and I thought Barry s delivery of his own lines could be a bit off at times The addendum really touched me, however, and I could hear the fear and pain in Barry s voice as he read I am not sure how he got through it It made him seem empathetic and human And it made me like his book Overall, this was a very quick read and I do not regret reading it Now, however, I am going to have to find a book that is really and truly about dogs I am in the mood flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 14, 2019 Elisa rated it really liked it Very cute and had me laughing out loud a few times Quite enjoyable Dave Barry humor with lessons on being happy, present and enjoying life flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 08, 2019 Julie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Of course this book had me laughing out loud Seriously, not in text LOL way, when you aren t LOLing at all but merely just smiling I had to pause and laugh Out loud But there was something to the humor This book really does impart, albeit simple, life lessons It s not a self help book but I do feel better as a person for reading it And, that s the other thing, some parts are not funny at all It felt as though this was as much introspection and sharing personal growth and pain I gre Of course this book had me laughing out loud Seriously, not in text LOL way, when you aren t LOLing at all but merely just smiling I had to pause and laugh Out loud But there was something to the humor This book really does impart, albeit simple, life lessons It s not a self help book but I do feel better as a person for reading it And, that s the other thing, some parts are not funny at all It felt as though this was as much introspection and sharing personal growth and pain I greatly appreciate Dave Barry for his openness and his willingness to share If you are a dog person, I highly recommend flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 29, 2019 Connie D rated it it was amazing Shelves family, self help, humor, aging, dave barry, memoir, dog I have enjoyed Dave Barry s books for years, but this is the best It s not just humorous, although it is Dave is much reflective in this than his other books, his commentary about his dog, Lucy, is poignant, and his suggestions hit home Lucy gives us wonderful advice, as have all my dogs It s time for me to listen flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 21, 2019 Amy the book bat rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves biography memoir, suspense, humor, read in 2019 I love Dave Barry s humor Lucy is a great dog The final chapter extra lesson after the epilogue showed Barry s serious side and the situation was suspenseful I really liked this book flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 21, 2019 Dolly rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for fans of Dave Barry Shelves pets, parenting, audiobook, nonfiction, other usa, read but not finished reviewing, 2019, relationships, humor, biography autobiography memoir I ve been a fan of Dave Barry s writing for years I haven t read any of his books recently, but they are always good for a quick, fun read and a hearty chuckle.I cannot always relate to his experiences living in Miami, Florida, but he makes them so realistic and funny, I can t help but laugh.Our family loves animals and have adopted a veritable menagerie, with cats, dogs sugar gliders, fish, hermit crabs, and the occasional turtle, snake, frog, mouse, etc making a temporary home with us until I ve been a fan of Dave Barry s writing for years I haven t read any of his books recently, but they are always good for a quick, fun read and a hearty chuckle.I cannot always relate to his experiences living in Miami, Florida, but he makes them so realistic and funny, I can t help but laugh.Our family loves animals and have adopted a veritable menagerie, with cats, dogs sugar gliders, fish, hermit crabs, and the occasional turtle, snake, frog, mouse, etc making a temporary home with us until we convince our youngest daughter to let them continue living free outside where they belong.So when I discovered this audio CD edition of his newest book available at our local library, I just knew I had to borrow it.It made for a fun diversion during a road trip and I liked it so much, I decided I needed to purchase a copy of the book for a friend who also has an old, happy dog named Lucy.Overall, it s a great story a bit sentimental and less snarky than some of his other books, and well worth reading listening to I really enjoyed listening to Mr Barry narrating it himself flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 12, 2019 Rebekah Giese Witherspoon rated it really liked it Dave Barry cracks me up and I adore canine companions, so this little memoir about the lessons Dave has learned from his darling dog, Lucy, moved quickly to the top of my list It induced many chuckles and guffaws mingled with tears of laughter and some unexpected tears of sadness I m very happy to say that all of the members of Dave s family, including Lucy, are all doing well now so you don t need to be afraid that this book ends on a sad note , but the last section was incredibly poignant a Dave Barry cracks me up and I adore canine companions, so this little memoir about the lessons Dave has learned from his darling dog, Lucy, moved quickly to the top of my list It induced many chuckles and guffaws mingled with tears of laughter and some unexpected tears of sadness I m very happy to say that all of the members of Dave s family, including Lucy, are all doing well now so you don t need to be afraid that this book ends on a sad note , but the last section was incredibly poignant as Dave poured out his feelings about a temporary tragic illness that his daughter suffered It was filled with honest and raw emotion and I found it very touching.Most of the book contains Dave Barry s light and funny musings about life in general and about how to grow old joyfully, all inspired by Lucy My only disappointment was that I wanted to hear a little about Lucy and a little less about life Can I just say I love Lucy.Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Schuster for a digital advance review copy Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 13, 2019 Jeanne rated it it was amazing review of another edition I enjoyed this book and would have given it about 3.5 stars As the author himself said, there is nothing new, just common sense here But the epilogue blew me out of the water It was the best part of the book and not to be missed flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 20, 2019 Gary Anderson rated it it was amazing We have two senior citizen dogs One of them is named Lucy For this reason, and many others, Lessons from Lucy hit me right in the heart It may not be for everybody, but it was the right book at the right time for me flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity SCPL Online NonFi Is Mindfulness Merely a Trend 1 4 Jul 30, 2019 07 28AM SCPL Online NonFi It Was Never About the Music 1 5 Jul 16, 2019 01 47PM SCPL Online NonFi Louis Armstrong is Absolutely Right 1 6 Jul 12, 2019 09 12AM SCPL Online NonFi No New Friends 1 4 Jul 11, 2019 09 09AM SCPL Online NonFi Welcome 1 5 Jul 03, 2019 02 01PM Andrews Book Review 1 3 May 02, 2019 10 45PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed

    • Best Read [Dave Barry] ↠ Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog || [Science Fiction Book] PDF å
      437 Dave Barry
    • thumbnail Title: Best Read [Dave Barry] ↠ Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog || [Science Fiction Book] PDF å
      Posted by:Dave Barry
      Published :2020-03-23T06:03:13+00:00

    About "Dave Barry"

    1. Dave Barry

      Dave Barry is a humor columnist For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.Dave has also written a total of 30 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information Two of his books were used as Dave Barry is a humor columnist For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.Dave has also written a total of 30 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom Dave s World, in which Harry Anderson played a much taller version of Dave.Dave plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud Dave has also made many TV appearances, including one on the David Letterman show where he proved that it is possible to set fire to a pair of men s underpants with a Barbie doll.In his spare time, Dave is a candidate for president of the United States If elected, his highest priority will be to seek the death penalty for whoever is responsible for making Americans install low flow toilets.Dave lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter He has a son, Rob, and a daughter, Sophie, neither of whom thinks he s funny

    732 thoughts on “Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog”

    1. 3.5 starsHumorist Dave Barry wrote a syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald for than two decades and is the author of many amusing memoirs In this book, Barry relates seven life lessons he learned from his beloved dog Lucy The lessons are largely common sense, but the anecdotes from Barry s life provide a nice personal touch Dave BarryThe book is uneven, with some stories that are laugh out loud funny and some that are rather mundane Barry has always been a dog person and s 3.5 starsHumor [...]


    2. I loved Dave Barry s newspaper column back in the day, especially when he wrote about Earnest and Zippy So, I jumped at the chance to read his latest book, Lessons from Lucy, combining as it did his trademark wit and stories about a dog Like Dave, I am the parent of an older large dog I m reading this book, at the point where Dave writes that when we say her name or reach down to pet her, her tail thumps the floor in a drumbeat of joy , at the same time that I m petting Cooper, whose tail is I l [...]


    3. Lessons From Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary.This book is so full of warmth, love, tenderness, humor, insight, and just good old common sense His writing flows with wit and wisdom, love and memories, hope and a canine spirit He gives lessons he has, and is learning from his elderly dog Lucy Each lesson is something we all could work on They each are heavily sprinkled with humor and common sense Some ar Lesso [...]


    4. NOW AVAILABLE Yesterday morning I began reading Dave Barry s Lessons from Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog and laughed out loud and was glad that, for me, it was a dog oriented day, and happy that these two coincided by happenstance With a few exceptions, I ve had a dog or two most of the years of my life When I was an infant, my mother used to put me down for my naps on our Irish Setter, and he would watch over me, like Nana in Peter Pan When I began to try to walk, he wo NOW AV [...]


    5. Dave Barry fans will not be disappointed In Lessons From Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog, Barry shares all the humor, perspective, and life lessons he has been gifted during his time with his dog Lucy With seven chapters in total, each chapter shares a new lesson but Barry tends to go the long way around in revealing it That s a good thing though Laugh out loud funny and sometimes deeply thought provoking, the lessons touch on the following subjects be friendly find opportunities Dave [...]


    6. In Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry looks to his dog for ways to be a happier human Lucy loves everyone and adjusts to whatever circumstances come her way She s friends with everyone, and so Dave puts efforts into existing friendships and develop new ones.I chuckled out loud many times over the course of this book In the course of laughing, he also reminds you of stuff like pay less attention to your phone and to the people you love Yes, every self help book ever written talks about t In Lessons [...]


    7. You re only young once, but you can always be immature.Another laugh out loud collection from Barry this time the focus is on aging gracefully like a dog.Actually, Lucy s lessons are great for any age group live in the moment, don t forget how to have fun, looks aren t important, etc It s just that, as Bonnie Raitt once reminded us time gets mighty precious when there s less of it to waste so we readers of a certain age need to start paying attention to what we re doing with wh You re only you [...]


    Leave a Comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *