Dave Barry

Easton Press Dave Barry books

Dave Barry's History of the Millenium (So Far) - signed first edition - 2007
I'll Mature When I'm Dead - signed first edition - 2010
Insane City - signed first edition - 2013


Who is Dave Barry?

Dave Barry, born on July 3, 1947, in Armonk, New York, is an American humorist, author, and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. Renowned for his witty and often satirical observations on everyday life, Barry has become a beloved figure in the realm of humorous writing. Barry's early life and career took shape in Pleasantville, New York, where he attended Pleasantville High School. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Haverford College in 1969. After working briefly as a reporter, Barry joined The Miami Herald in 1983 as a humor columnist. His nationally syndicated column, which ran until 2005, covered a wide range of topics, from the absurdities of modern life to humorous takes on current events. Barry's writing style was characterized by his sharp wit, clever wordplay, and an ability to find humor in the mundane.

In 1988, Dave Barry received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, a testament to his impact on the field of humor writing. His popularity transcended the printed page, leading to numerous television appearances, book deals, and speaking engagements. Beyond his newspaper columns, Dave Barry is the author of numerous books, including both fiction and non-fiction. Notable works include Dave Barry Turns 40 (1990), Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States (1989), and the Peter and the Starcatchers series, co-written with Ridley Pearson.

Barry's humor often revolves around the absurdities of American culture, the quirks of daily life, and his own experiences as a husband and father. His writing has resonated with a broad audience, making him a popular and enduring figure in American humor. While he officially retired from his regular column in 2005, Dave Barry has remained active as a writer, speaker, and commentator. His influence on the genre of humor writing and his ability to find laughter in the ordinary have left an indelible mark on American literature and pop culture.


Dave Barry's History of the Millennium

A brilliantly funny exploration of the tumultuous years 2000-2006 from the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist.

I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood

Some people may wonder what this subject has to do with Dave Barry, since Dave's struggled hard against growing up his entire life-but the result is one of the funniest, warmest, most pitch-perfect books ever on that mystifying territory we call "adulthood."
In hilarious, brand-new pieces, Dave tackles everything from fatherhood, new fatherhood ("Over the next five years, you will spend roughly 45 minutes, total, listening to songs you like, and roughly 127,000 hours to songs exploring topics such as how the horn on the bus goes [It goes: 'Beep! Beep! Beep!']"), self-image, the battle of the sexes, celebrityhood, technology, parenting styles, certain unmentionable medical procedures ("There is absolutely no reason to be afraid of a vasectomy, except that: They Cut A Hole In Your Scrotum."), and much more. It is a book of pure delight from the man one newspaper claimed "could become the most important American humorist since Mark Twain" (South Florida "Sun-Sentinel")...though, frankly, we think they were indulging in some adult beverages at the time.

Insane City

Seth Weinstein knew Tina was way out of his league in pretty much any way you could imagine, which is why it continued to astonish him that he was on the plane now for their destination wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse had already sprung an airport prank on him, and he’d survived it, and if that was the worst of it, everything should be okay. Smooth sailing from now on.

Seth has absolutely no idea what he’s about to get into. In the next several hours, he and his friends will become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom. And there’re still two days to go before the wedding.

As it turns out, it’s not smooth sailing, it’s more like a trip on the Titanic. And the water below him is getting deeper every minute. By the end, amid gunfire, high-speed chases, and mayhem of the most unimaginable sort, violent men will fall, heroes will rise, and many lives will change.

Seth’s, not least of all.

Dave Barry quotes

"Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night."
"Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain."
"If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'"
"You can only be young once. But you can always be immature."
"The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers."
"The four building blocks of the universe are fire, water, gravel, and vinyl."
"We journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective."
"It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million sperm cells... to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin."
"There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness."

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