"Debut author Johnson enters the literary scene with a beautifully penned eulogy to the Labrador retriever who taught her to appreciate life in the moment while helping open her fractured heart to the joys of love. An unusually full-bodied love story that will wrap itself around the heart of anyone who has been fortunate enough to experience life with a dog."
-Kirkus Reviews Featured Book of the Day
"Five Stars. "Stories about great pets abound, yet there is always room for one more. The Book of Barkley holds its own in this genre. Like all animal lovers, Johnson realized many -life lessons with Barkley as her companion, not the least of which that home is in the heart."
San Francisco Book Review
"Perhaps I, like Johnson, am a one-dog woman, and for that reason, this book spoke deeply to me. But more than that, her prose, by turns spare and extravagant but always evocative, makes this an important contribution to the literary world. I can give it two of my highest compliments: It is one of the rare books I will re-read, and its ennobling prose made my often-reluctant heart anxiously yearn to write."
-Latayne C. Scott - Award Winning Author of "The Conspiracy of Breath".
"L.B. Johnson is a wonderful writer, like good scotch on a winter night."
-Michael Bane - Producer, Writer, Actor
"This is much more than a mere memoir - it is a story of life and how to live it, and how we humans can learn to live our lives better if we'd only learn to live it like a dog does. A five-star book that definitely merits the Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence."
"L.B. Johnson is a gifted writer, in the traditional sense of what works of literature are like. She is an artist with words, painting beautiful pictures, rich with vibrant description."
- Viga Boland - Memoirabilia Magazine
"Warmhearted and delightful, The Book of Barkley is a Joy to Read"
-Midwest Book Review
"The give and take between between delightful doggy antics and the author's musings, often lyrical and heartbreaking, strike a satisfying counterbalance. Five Stars."
-Manhattan Book Review
"The Book of Barkley is up there with the best and is reminiscent of Marley and Me. Five Stars"
-Portland Book Review
"Anyone who has ever owned a pet will understand the compelling bond that develops between the pet and its owner. It's a bond that opens up thoughts and memories and expands the owner's human perspective of the world and the life that he/she has lived and is living. This is a story about that bond, the relationship that opens up the heart and reveals an understanding, a comprehension of the overall meaning of life. Well done!"
-Readers Choice International Book Award 2015 Silver Winner
I cannot say enough about the author. She so tenderly takes you through her life but soon you realize it may be very similar to yours. Her ability to convey a life with all of its trials and troubles, sadness and grief, and work and relaxation, that is laced with periods of uncontrolled joy and laughter, then bringing you to the realization of mortality, is nothing less than brilliant. This should be a classic.
-Raymond H. Mullen - Amazon Vine Reviewer
"At its core, my book uses lyricism and reflections to explore why we actively bring love into our lives, knowing that we will one day lose it," explains Johnson, who had a twenty year career as a commercial airline pilot before completing her doctorate and pursuing a career as an investigator in a law enforcement field. "My time with Barkley literally shaped me and the entire world around me. By looking at the world through the trust and innocence of Barkley's eyes I was able to find love again and embrace it as the grandest adventure I'd ever embark on. Writing this, upon losing Barkley and my only brother to cancer within weeks of one another, became both a tribute and a eulogy to them both."