... 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 ... 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.
In his characteristic free-flowing style, Dave Barry stares down aging by taking lessons from his 10-year-old dog, Lucy, in the delightful Lessons From Lucy ... Even as we’re laughing out loud at Lucy’s and Barry’s behavior, his witty and wise stories about aging with his dog touch our hearts
...filled with the author’s signature brand of quirky, sometimes-sarcastic humor as he wanders from topic to topic ... His integration of informative tidbits about his life helps readers see him as an average guy confronting his own mortality. Few topics are off-limits ... Even for those who are not as enamored by dogs as the author, his gentle wisdom seeps through the humor. He successfully pokes fun at the aging process without wallowing in overly long discussions of declining health and the wear and tear of body parts ... Astute advice about growing older rolled into a blanket of classic Barry humor.
Barry’s signature sarcasm and dry wit is on display throughout ... Though he admits that the premise is hardly original, Barry’s easy, conversational tone and sense of humor make for an effortless reading experience for dog lovers and Barry fans alike.