Dave Barry's Greatest Hits

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WHEN DAVE BARRY IS ON THE LOOSE, NO ONE IS SAFE!

What Dave Barry did for the men's movement in his Complete Guide to Guys and for foreign relations when he did Japan he now does for . . . everything in America. The rapacious observer of Tupperware ladies and leisure concept salesmen sounds off on:

Football—Football is more than just a game. It is a potential opportunity to see a live person lying on the ground...

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Overview

WHEN DAVE BARRY IS ON THE LOOSE, NO ONE IS SAFE!

What Dave Barry did for the men's movement in his Complete Guide to Guys and for foreign relations when he did Japan he now does for . . . everything in America. The rapacious observer of Tupperware ladies and leisure concept salesmen sounds off on:

Football—Football is more than just a game. It is a potential opportunity to see a live person lying on the ground with a bone sticking out of his leg, while the fans, to show their appreciation, perform "the wave."

Sailing—There's nothing quite like getting out on the open sea, where you can forget about the hassles and worries of life on land, and concentrate on the hassles and worries of life on the sea, such as death by squid.

Gambling—Off-Track Betting parlors are the kinds of places where you never see signs that say, "Thank You for Not Smoking." The best you can hope for is, "Thank You for Not Spitting Pieces of Your Cigar on My Neck."

"The good news: he's funny as ever. The bad news: the book is only 304 pages."
—Los Angeles Daily News

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LA Daily News
The good news: he's funny as ever. The bad news: the book is only 304 pages.
Alison Teal
It is gratifying to report that ''Dave Barry's Greatest Hits,'' Mr. Barry's seventh book, is as sparkling and foolish as his others....Mr. Barry is a product of the 1960's and the generation that invented the notion that it's very funny to misunderstand the issue. ''Where did the universe come from? . . . Various weensy particles began clumping together to form stars, planets, saxophones, etc., which is why we refer to this as the 'Big Band' theory''....Mr. Barry is the funniest man in America and we should encourage him. Buy his book. -- New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345419996
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 181,766
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dave Barry lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife and son and continues to write a nationally syndicated column for The Miami Herald. The CBS sitcom Dave's World, is based loosely on his life and columns.

Biography

In the introduction to Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down, the author addresses the desirability of his job as a humor writer and syndicated columnist. "It looks so easy!" he wrote. "...Every year, hundreds of thousands of people try their hand at this demanding profession. After a few months, almost all of them have given up and gone back to the ninth grade."

Yes, Barry is juvenile at times -- but he has achieved the kind of success that can only come from combining a juvenile mind with intelligence, timing, and a keen eye for the absurd. Favorite Barry targets include government inanity, dogs, guys, the Internet, and other oddities of life. He also specializes in weird news and urban myths involving UFO hunters, Pop-Tart science, and toilets. Many of these essays feature the line that has become his catchphrase, "I am not making this up." (Unless, of course, he is introducing something serious and daunting such as a book about the federal government, in which case he reassures that he has made everything up.)

Usually, though, he's not making it up. What he's doing is making it very funny. Whether the target is Congress or commercials, Barry refuses to take anything seriously, least of all himself – but he manages to convey some pretty indicting truths in the process. He's a master of irony and visual punchlines, sometimes interrupting himself with lists, snippets of dialogue, or other on-topic digressions. On the subject of turning 50 and dealing with waning eyesight (a "good thing" about aging, because "you can't read anything"), Barry describes finding restaurant menus suddenly printed "in letters the height of bacteria." He continues: "For some reason, everybody else seemed to be able to read the menus. Not wishing to draw attention to myself, I started ordering my food by simply pointing to a likely looking blur.

ME (pointing to a blur): I'll have this.
WAITER: You'll have "We Do Not Accept Personal Checks"?
ME: Make that medium rare."

Barry has had the most successful and prolific publishing career of any working newspaper columnist, and his humor never seems to go out of style. In 1999, he decided to try his hand at fiction. The result was Big Trouble, a comic thriller à la Carl Hiassen (though filled more with gags than guns) that Entertainment Weekly proclaimed "... not only very funny, [but] sure-footed, even-handed, levelheaded, and other leading book review adjectives." In 2004, he and Ridley Pearson collaborated on Peter and the Starcatchers, a clever prequel to Peter Pan that spawned two additional novels and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Along with several other published authors, Barry is a member of the musical group Rock Bottom Remainders. In assessing the band's talents, he has been quoted as saying: "They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud."

Good To Know

The Rock Bottom Remainders was originally organized by a publicist to perform at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention. The members -- which include (or have included) Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, Barbara Kingsolver, Mitch Albom, and Matt Groening -- even took their show on the road at one point, turning it into the now out-of-print Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude.

Some things never change: Barry was elected class clown by his Pleasantville High School class in 1965.

Barry got his start in journalism at the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, then worked as a business writing consultant before joining the Miami Herald in 1983.

Attempts to convert Barry's humor to the screen have been less than memorable. The early '90s CBS sitcom based on two of his books and starring Harry Anderson, Dave's World, was short-lived; the spring 2002 release Big Trouble, starring Tim Allen, didn't fare well at the box office. Barry did, however, get a cameo in the latter.

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    1. Hometown:
      Miami, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 3, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Armonk, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    Dave Barry = Laugh until you hurt

    If you haven't read anything by Dave Barry yet, you are seriously missing out. He gives a whole new meaning to "lol". Pretty much any book of his you pick up is going to be awesome, and this is definitely one of my favorites. It is hilarious and unoffensive and such a good read. The only downside is once you buy this one you are going to want to buy all of his other ones...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2004

    non-dairy comedy

    dave barry is completely under rated. funniest guy in the U.S.(without being cheesy) my stomache hurt for weeks. if you're looking for laughter everyone can enjoy you're looking for this

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    Damn Funny!

    This book is hilarious, If you don't laugh within the first few pages of this book you don't know how to read, it's that funny.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 14, 2014

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    Posted August 14, 2014

    Erin

    I guess

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    Posted July 2, 2014

    A girl

    She quietly steped in.

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    Posted July 2, 2014

    Monica

    She grinned.

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    Posted July 2, 2014

    Terminator

    Walks in.

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    Adam

    Walks in

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    Posted July 3, 2014

    Mari

    Walked up to him "Hello."

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    Posted July 1, 2014

    Jinx

    She came is and leaned on the wall

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    Seth

    "Hi"

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    Posted July 1, 2014

    Lexi

    Walked in. "Hello?"

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    Posted July 1, 2014

    Red

    *Walks in like a badash but then trips on the silly string bomb*

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    Posted July 2, 2014

    Hyro

    Wavws.

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    Posted July 1, 2014

    Alicia

    Gtgtb

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    Posted June 30, 2014

    Alice

    She slipped in, humming lightly. Her blonde curls bobbed as she sat down, daydraeming.

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    Posted July 1, 2014

    Sid

    She laughs then pokes her head out from behind the couch. "Peek-ka- boo!!! Hi"

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