Lessons from Lucy
You do not have to be a dog owner or even particularly like dogs to appreciate Dave Barry’s new book, “Lessons From Lucy, the Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog”.
Barry, whose syndicated humor column has won the Pulitzer Prize, is at his wacky best while confronting his own shortcomings and crises at the age of 70. His focus is mainly on how to be happier; he studies his family dog and learns from the study what is important to her ( and should be to him).
At no time is this book overly sentimental. That helps it be believable. Even though it is unbelievably funny, there is a true message there. I know it will stick with me and I will share it with friends and likely re-read it often.
The last chapter was written after Barry had sent the book off for publication. It is the chapter that ties up the entire book and really makes the message “sing.”
No, the dog does not die!!!
Read this book! Perfect feel good, summertime, forget the state of the world book. Thank you, Dave Barry!
Mary Beard’s America Through Women’s Eyes, reviewed by Paula Overby
America Through Women’s Eyes by Mary R. Beard, is both inspiring and provocative. It left me feeling like I was reading about an alternative reality that amplified the role of women, articulating a relationship between men and women that seems persistent. Many of the essays felt oddly contemporary as if they could be written today. I was left with a sense that the status of women in relationship to men has changed very little.
The context challenged my traditional view of women’s studies as a steady progression of expanding rights and opportunities for women. The stories portrayed women as the denizens of humanity and social order but also illustrated that some women have always held a place in the upper echelons of wealth and influence. It reinforced my own conclusions that the principal failure of the women’s movement is fundamentally a failure to establish a social priority for the things women do.
The breath of our perspective depends on how close we are to the peep-hole of historic vision. This book has brought me closer to that portal, expanding my view of the complex socioeconomic relationship that exists between men and women with an enduring quality that we may not choose to acknowledge.