Dave Barry books
by Dave Barry

Screen shot 2013-03-08 at 2.26.56 PMOver 30 laugh-out-loud hilarious non-fiction books and collected columns, most of which start with the name “Dave Barry”—such as Dave Barry’s Guide to Life, Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry’s Money Secrets, Dave Barry’s Greatest Hits, and Dave Barry Talks Back.

Typical opening paragraph:  The way I picture it, adulthood is a big, sleek jungle snake, swimming just around the bend in the River of Life.  It swallows you subtly, an inch at a time, so you barely notice the signs:  You start reading the labels on things before you eat them, rather than to pass the time while you eat them; you find yourself listening to talk radio because the hit songs they play on the rock station (can this really be you thinking this?) all begin to sound the same. . . And suddenly you realize it’s too late, that you’d rather sit around on your furniture and talk about the warning signs of colon cancer than, for example, find out what happens when you set one of those plastic milk jugs on fire. . . .

Quotes from critics:  “The funniest man in America” (The New York Times); “Barry will make you laugh loud enough to jeopardize your lease.” (Miami Herald); “Dave Barry is the most consistently funny, deceptively playful satirist this side of Twain and Thurber.” (People); “What makes Dave Barry funny is his power of observation and his ability to take the commonplace and make it absurd.  And he considers nothing sacred.” (St. Petersburg Times); “a little earthy, a lotta fun” (Booklist)

Bio:  Dave Barry (1947-) is a Pulitzer-prize winning author and columnist who wrote a humor column for the Miami Herald from 1983-2005.  He has written over 30 books of humor and 13 comic novels.