During the course of his life, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom, and he is eager to pass it on. Among other brilliant, brand-new pieces, Dave shares home truths with his new grandson and his daughter Sophie; explores the hometown of his youth, where all the parents seemed to be having un-Mad Men–like fun; and dives into firsthand accounts of the soccer craziness of Brazil and the just plain crazy craziness of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
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About the Author
Date of Birth:July 3, 1947
Place of Birth:Armonk, New York
Education:B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
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THE REAL MAD MEN
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Table of Contents
Bite Me, David Beckham 9
A Letter to My Daughter as She Becomes Eligible for a Florida Learner's Permit (Unless I Can Get the Law Changed) 29
The Real Mad Men 43
In Which We Learn to Love Brazil, and Try to Hate Belgium 67
Cable News is On it 111
Everything I Know About Home Ownership I Learned From Johnny Carson 131
Google Glass: A Review. I Have Seen the Future, But I Had Trouble Reading It 149
To Russia With Ridley: The Adventures of Cloak and Dagger 163
A Letter to My Grandson 213
What People are Saying About This
Praise for YOU CAN DATE BOYS WHEN YOU’RE FORTY
“Happily, everything bad is good, when Barry applies [his] humor.”Contra Costa Times
“[A] hilarious collection . . . Barry is particularly sidesplitting when describing his role as the 65-year-old dad of a 13-year-old daughter. His description of taking his teen to a Justin Bieber concert is brilliantly funny . . . Parents and non-parents alike will find plenty of laughs.”Publishers Weekly
“Humorous take on life . . . Barry offers a baby-boomer perspective on a faster-paced life of electronic gadgetry and the Internet and ponders the aging process, including getting mail marketing Medicare and watching Viagra commercials in the company of your children.”Booklist
“[A] wide-ranging collection of funny essays . . . even those who don't have children and have never lived in Miami or searched for a Wi-Fi connection in the Israeli desert will appreciate Barry's lighthearted absurdity.”Kirkus Reviews
Praise for INSANE CITY
“Picture The Hangover with a splash of Miami Vice, and you get Dave Barry's Insane City. . . This is a quick, fun (and laugh-out-loud funny) read, and the action never slows.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"[A] very funny new novel . . . [Barry's] sly observations, well-delineated characters, and intricate plotting mesh perfectly."—Publishers Weekly
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have always liked Dave Barry's sense of humor and this was no exception. It was a fun read with many chuckles.
Dave is great at stating normal things in a hilarious way. I loved the chapter that is a letter to his daughter who is about to get her learner's permit to drive--in Florida. Example: "If you're driving in Miami and do not wish to be the target of small-arms fire, IN THE NAME OF GOD DO NOT GO AT A 'STANDARD' SPEED OF 30 MILES PER HOUR. [His caps] Miami drivers go faster than that in a car wash." Some parts are funnier than others, but it might depend on the reader's point of view. It is an enjoyable read!
A chuckle here, a groan there and enjoyment every where.
Dave been a consistently decent humor writer for years. His latest book is on my Nook, and I read a few stories, put it down, then get back to it. There is a definite sameness about all Dave's books but that's his style.