Synopses & Reviews
A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times
bestselling author of Insane City
In his New York Timesbestselling I'll Mature When I'm Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.
In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he's serious about that title: When my daughter can legally commence dating February 24, 2040 I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father's ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).
Lets face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. Thank goodness we have Dave Barry as our guide!
"Columnist and humor author Barry (I'll Mature When I'm Dead) includes nine never-before-published essays in this characteristically hilarious collection. Though not only about parenting (Viagra commercials, horseback riding, cremation and grammar are just a few of the topics addressed), 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 (he compares the young rock star to the GEICO gecko) and will resonate with parents everywhere. His piercing critique of the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey contains on-target observations about the mysteries of popularity and success. A lengthier travel essay on a trip to Israel, 'Seeking Wi-Fi in the Holy Land,' which he takes with his daughter and wife (both of whom are Jewish though he is not), ranges from humorous rants about rappelling a cliff or riding camels with Bedouins to more somber observations on the weighty responsibilities of parenthood. As always, Barry's humor takes unexpected turns, whether he's focusing on the penis bone of a walrus, the 'wussification of American men,' or on how males and females communicate. Parents and non-parents alike will find plenty of laughs in the author's latest collection, which, as he states in his introduction, is 'about many things.' Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“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
About the Author
Dave Barry's recent bestselling books include Insane City, Ill Mature When I'm Dead, and Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far). He lives in Coral Gables, Florida.