Barking at the Moon: A Story of Life, Love, and Kibble by Tracy Beckerman is a memoir that captures the pulse of a family as it grows after welcoming a new furry member, written with heart and intelligence and a book with an irresistible appeal to pet lovers and anyone looking for a heartwarming read. Tracy Beckerman is an award-winning humor columnist who grew up with dogs. She has been home writing her column for 2 years, having all the time she wants to herself. When she decides to adopt Riley, a pup described as mellow by the breeder, Riley creates chaos everywhere. Follow Tracy, her husband, Joel, and her kids, Josh and Emily, as they evolve with the thrills and challenges when it comes to dealing with Riley. From using a large bell to train Riley to know when it's time for a hygiene walk outside.
This memoir is hilarious and a fun read. Beckerman's prose is sweet like drippings of the honeycomb, seasoned with witty dialogues and descriptions that blend insight with humor to keep readers going. The author has the extraordinary ability to unveil the beauty in monotony, the joy hidden in seemingly challenging and difficult moments, and the intangible bonds that define family relationships. Readers will enjoy the effect that Riley has on the Beckermans and how they deal with the chaos the pup creates — eating toilet paper, destroying furniture, and being hard to train. The surprises are manifold and Beckerman knows the kind of storytelling craft that wakes the heart, brings laughter to the lips of readers, and fills their eyes with joyful tears. Barking at the Moon is a wonderfully crafted and delightful read that is as resonant as it is engrossing, a most suitable tale for dog lovers. The author writes about characters — both human and furry — that are lovable and the skillful use of anthropomorphism adds depth and charm to the writing.