Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author of Dave Barry shows how to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved dog, Lucy.
In his new book, “Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog,” Barry turns to his best dog, Lucy, to learn how to live his best life. 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, writes one reviewer.
In an excerpt from the book, Barry writes: “When we brought Lucy home she quickly adapted, as dogs do, to her new environment, except for one element: photo albums. We have a lot of albums; Michelle usually makes one after we take a vacation.
“I don’t know why they and Lucy could not coexist peacefully. Perhaps tens of thousands of years ago, Lucy’s ancestors were attacked by primitive photo albums, which in those days were much larger and more aggressive than the ones we have today. Whatever happened, Lucy had not forgotten it, and on several occasions during her first few months with us we came home to find an album from one of our family trips chewed into small pieces, leaving little shredded fragments of our happy decapitated vacation faces smiling up from all over the floor.
“When this happened we would discuss our concerns with her (“NO! NO!” etc.) and she would usually be good for a few days. But then one of our photo albums would do or say something to trigger her again, and another trove of precious vacation memories would be converted into small wads of chewed paper.
“Eventually Lucy made peace with our albums and became a good dog. Except for the matter of the living room sofa.”
The description on Amazon.com states, “Dave navigates his later years with good humor and grace, thanks to Lucy. Lucy teaches Dave how to live in the present, how to let go of daily grievances, and how to feel good in your own skin. The lessons are drawn from Dave’s routine humiliations and stream-of-consciousness accounts of the absurdities of daily life, which will leave you heaving with laughter and recognition.
“Laugh-out-loud hilarious, whether he’s trying to “Pay Attention to the People You Love” (even when your brain is not listening) or deciding to “Let Go of Your Anger,” Dave Barry’s ‘Lessons From Lucy’ is a witty and wise guide to joyous living.”
In a review of the book, author Stephen King writes,” ‘Lessons from Lucy’ is extremely funny (in a couple of places I laughed until water ran from my eyes and a slightly thicker fluid came from my nose). You’d expect that from Dave Barry. What you might not expect is how insightful it is, and downright touching. If you’ve grown old along with Dave, you will want to read this book. You’ll also want to read it if you’re a dog lover, but that’s optional. These are very lively life lessons even for the canine-impaired.”