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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Love, Life, and Lucille: Lessons Learned from a Centenarian by Judy Gaman is a non-fiction memoir about Judy’s experiences with meeting and learning from an elderly woman called Lucille Fleming. This book starts off with a brief foreword and jumps right into Judy and Lucille’s first meeting. Judy is an extremely busy, energetic, career professional of 40 who decides to interview Lucille, an old lady who has just reached the 100-year milestone in her life. This is for a book that she is interested in writing on longevity. Judy doesn’t really know what to expect and is surprised to find a cheery, happy, and energetic woman who still has a zest for life and fashion, among other things. They hit it off instantly and slowly the meeting turns into a genuine friendship with outings and socializing together. This is what forms the theme of the book, along with valuable life lessons that Judy learned from Lucille and which she applied in her own life. A short author bio and additional resources are provided at the end of the book.
Love, Life, and Lucille is a gentle and heartwarming book on the very meaning of life itself in today's world. The writing style is casual, light, and even humorous at times, but underlying it are some profound truths about life and what makes it worth living. Lucille is a very sprightly old lady and it is fun to watch their friendship blossom and read about their adventures and daily lives. But even more importantly, lessons on the importance of “people connections” in life and the ability to forgive, among other things, make this book really stand out. This is basic life philosophy presented in a very readable and entertaining way. I found this book enjoyable and would certainly recommend it.