I'm a long time fan of Dave Barry's books. I discovered his work one day at my local bookstore when I was looking for a new book by Lewis Grizzard. I was hooked after the first few pages. I've never been disappointed in any of his books and have re-read "Dave Barry's Book Of Bad Songs" more than I care to admit to doing. It still makes me laugh. This book though is a little different. It's still funny, and will make you laugh out loud, but it's very introspective and touching too. Since others have already mentioned the premise of the book I'll skip that but basically it talks about the seven lessons he's learned from his dog, Lucy. I think the one thing that surprised me the most is that he admits to being very shy. I met Dave Barry at a book signing a few years ago when he was in Atlanta, Georgia. He was friendly, outgoing, and very entertaining. I'm a regular contributor on his blog and was shocked that he actually knew who I was. He hides his shyness very well. If you ever get a chance to go to one of his book signings you should definitely go. I really enjoyed the stories in this book about his safari, sailboat cruise, Hurricane Irma, etc. However I was very touched by the last chapter where he discusses his daughter Sophie's illness. I went through something very similar with my own daughter when she was a teenager so I know the terror he and his family must have felt. Fortunately she is now doing better and so is Dave's daughter.
If you have never read any of Dave Barry's books (What's wrong with you????) this is a good one to start with. Then read his book of bad songs. You won't be sorry.
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (1 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501161156
- ISBN-13: 978-1501161155
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)