Note: I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve been a fan of Dick Van Dyke since I was a kid. I grew up on the Dick Van Dyke Show, and I still think it’s hilarious. I read his first memoir, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business, a few years ago, and although I didn’t love it, I enjoyed it enough to request Keep Moving on NetGalley.
This book reads like the reminiscences of your grandfather, if your grandfather is funny, lighthearted, and refuses to feel old. It can become slightly self indulgent at times, as there is a fair bit of name-dropping and descriptions of things that can only be done if you don’t have to worry about money or prejudice ever again. Still, Van Dyke is nearing 90, and it was fascinating to see his thoughts on the events of the past century.
This book made me think about what I want my life to look like when I’m nearing its end. Particularly during Van Dyke’s conversation with longtime friend and coworker Carl Reiner, I was struck by the brevity of life and the importance of living in such a way that you don’t have regrets about the things you didn’t do.
Just as with almost anything Dick Van Dyke does, I finished the book with a smile. Recommended for fans of Dick Van Dyke, or anyone who wants to think a little harder about aging and making life count at any age.
Rating: Good but Forgettable