Lessons From Lucy by Dave Barry

Lessons From Lucy

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author of Dave Barry Turns 40 now shows how to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved and highly intelligent dog, Lucy.Faced with the obstacles and challenges of life after middle age, Dave Barry turns to his best dog, Lucy, to learn how to live his best life. From “Make New Friends” (an unfortunate fail when he can’t overcome his dislike for mankind) to “Don’t Stop Having Fun” (v...

Details Lessons From Lucy

TitleLessons From Lucy
Release DateApr 2nd, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Animals, Autobiography, Memoir, Self Help, Dogs

Reviews Lessons From Lucy

  • Barbara
    3.5 starsHumorist Dave Barry wrote a syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald for more 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 mundan...
  • Liz
    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...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    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 heav...
  • Cheri
    !! 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 ...
  • Jennifer
    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 ...
  • Theresa Alan
    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 more 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 more to the people you love. ...
  • Susan
    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 S...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
    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 years...and his as well as he just turned 70....to lay out many pieces of advi...
  • Holly
    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 ...
  • Nancy
    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 classro...
  • Jessica
    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 more...
  • Lani
    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...
  • Dianne
    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 t...
  • Donna Davis
    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 ...
  • Amy
    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.
  • Patrick Peterson
    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,...
  • Monnie
    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 more introspective than others have been - after all, he's getting older...
  • Bonnye Reed
    As always, Dave Berry shares with us the laments of humanity with enough laughter to ease the pain. I love Lessons From Lucy - as only another old dog can. Lucy is everyman. And mostly we are all as shy as Dave.pub date April 2, 2019Simon and SchusterReviewed April 2, 2019, on Goodreads, Netgalley, Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and BookBub
  • Angie Boyter
    Doggoned good lessons!Dave Barry recently turned seventy, a sobering milestone that makes many of us think about life and just what it means to lead a good one. Fortunately, Barry has Lucy, his ten-year-old (equivalent to 70 man-years) boxer-dalmatian-chow chow-retriever rescue dog, to show him. In Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry uses what he has seen and experienced with his canine companion to give us lessons on how to live a happy, fulfilling, a...
  • Stephanie
    I’ve been a huge Dave Barry fan for years. I tend to like humor that is taken from real life and comes from experiences that humans share and can relate to. Like talking to the people from the cable company, for example (in his case, Comcast, in my case Charter/ATT/DirecTV). So I am happy to give an honest review of Barry’s latest book Lessons From Lucy in return for my honest review (thanks, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley). The book is categ...
  • Ned Frederick
    I’ve always been a dog person; even though I was 23 before I actually enjoyed the full-on companionship of a dedicated dog, or, two. My Chinese astrological sign is The Dog, meaning, I am told, that I am quick-witted and fiercely loyal. I like that better than my western astrological sign which is Scorpio, meaning, I am told, that I am a secretive asshole. I like to think that the Dog version has more gravitational pull. It may. I’ve always b...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher (I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it)--- Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author of Dave Barry Turns 40 now shows how to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved and highly intelligent dog, Lucy.Faced with the obstacles and challenges of life after middle age, D...
  • Virginia Williams
    I have long been a fan of this author's columns and would catch it in whatever vehicle I could. His columns never failed to provide a knowing nod, a chuckle, or laugh out loud moments. And while I don't agree with all of Mr. Barry's philosophy, I certainly agree that the man can find humor in just about anything and therefore brighten your day with his acerbic thoughts.While the narrative doesn't open new doors in wisdom, create new cosmic though...
  • Kristen
    Dave Barry’s “Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog” gives us a kinder, gentler Dave…no, scratch that…a grumpier, even more sarcastic – and hilarious – Dave Barry. Offering his unique version of a self-help book, Barry looks to his happy, stress-free dog Lucy for hints about improving his quality of life. In fact, Lucy’s approach to life seems to be working better than her master’s – as he reports, Lucy knows...
  • Shan
    Laugh-out-loud funny. I'm sure there are people who saw me walking my dog while listening to this and who now think of me as "that crazy lady." Dave Barry narrates the audio book himself, so we hear it all in his own voice. The story in the intro about the two dogs he used to have and the patio door that didn't blow down in the hurricane is priceless.For dog lovers who worry about reading something with an old dog in it: Lucy was still going stro...
  • Carol Kean
    What happens when a cynical, retired, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who hates self-help books starts taking notes on his old but happy dog--and realizes he's written a self-help book? He taps into the wry and intelligent sense of humor that launched his career, and we get to enjoy Dave Barry’s “Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog.” Keep this book on hand in case someone near you needs a good laugh.Dave Barry is seve...
  • Cynthia
    Humorist Dave Barry (on turning 70, relates that he's the same age as Lucy in dog years) offers 7 lessons that he/we could learn from his aging dog Lucy. For anyone who's ever known or loved a dog, none of these lessons will come as a surprise....you'll be able to relate to them all! Barry expounds on these ideas, sometimes seems to go off on a tangent......but he is able to bring it all together. I had several 'laugh out loud' moments on reading...
  • Misti
    Humorist Barry offers a series of lessons on aging, garnered from observing his 10-year-old family dog.This is a little more serious in tone than much of Barry’s writing, but still had me laughing out loud at certain points. (Indeed, a certain anecdote about shenanigans with the Rock Bottom Remainders had me literally in tears of mirth.) None of Barry’s conclusions are particularly earth-shattering or original, a fact which he cheerfully ackn...
  • Julie
    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 more 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 introsp...
  • Jeannine Stewart
    My cousin gave me this book and I was reluctant to read it because she previously gave me "Racing in the Rain" which I loved but sobbed through most of it. I was afraid this was going to be another tear-jerker and I was not up to it. After she assured me it was not what I expected, I started reading and couldn't put it down. It is belly-laugh funny and so relatable, especially if you are aging and yearning for a less stressful life. What a wonder...