Live Right and Find Happiness (although Beer Is Much Faster)

Live Right and Find Happiness (although Beer Is Much Faster)

Life Lessons and Other Ravings From Dave Barry

Book - 2015
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Penguin Putnam
During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom,* (*actual wisdom not guaranteed) and he is eager to pass it on—to the next generation, the generation after that, and to those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience.

In brilliant, brand-new, never-before-published pieces, Dave passes on home truths to his new grandson and to his daughter Sophie, who will be getting her learner’s permit in 2015 (“So you’re about to start driving! How exciting! I’m going to kill myself”). He explores the hometown of his youth, where the grown-ups were supposed to be uptight fifties conformists, but seemed to have a lot of un-Mad Men-like fun, unlike Dave’s own Baby Boomer generation, which was supposed to be wild and crazy, but somehow turned into neurotic hover-parents. He dives into everything from the inanity of cable news and the benefits of Google Glass (“You will look like a douchebag”) to the loneliness of high school nerds (“You will never hear a high school girl say about a boy, in a dreamy voice, ‘He’s so sarcastic!’”), from the perils of home repair to firsthand accounts of the soccer craziness of Brazil and the just plain crazy craziness of Vladimir Putin’s Russia (“He stares at the camera with the expression of a man who relaxes by strangling small furry animals”), and a lot more besides.
    
By the end, if you do not feel wiser, richer in knowledge, more attuned to the universe . . . we wouldn’t be at all surprised. But you’ll have had a lot to laugh about!

Baker & Taylor
"During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom,* (*actual wisdom not guaranteed) and he is eager to pass it on--to the next generation, the generation after that, and to those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience"--

Baker
& Taylor

A latest collection of previously unpublished writings by the New York Times best-selling satirical author of You Can Date Boys When You're Forty reflects on his granddaughter's learning permit, the deviant behaviors of the men in his hometown and the loneliness of being a high-school nerd.
Presents the author's humorous takes on his daughter's learning permit, the deviant behaviors of the men in his hometown, the perils of home repair, and the loneliness of being a high-school nerd.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2015
ISBN: 9780399165955
Branch Call Number: 818.602 BAR
Characteristics: 225 p. :,ill., port. ;,24 cm.

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writermala
Apr 29, 2017

The subtitle of this book indicates Beer is a fast way to happiness. I would have to say the fastest way is to read this book. In this collection of humorous essays, Barry talks about common topics in a manner that tickles the funny bone. Everytime I read a paragraph, I wished I could have said that! Barry is a master of the humour genre.

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sayle
Jul 03, 2015

I so enjoy reading humorist Dave Barry’s collections of his essays or newspaper columns because 1) I grew up partly in the same place he lives and frequently writes about (Miami and Coral Gables, Florida), and 2) it’s guaranteed that at some point I will be laughing so hard I will be gasping for air. In this book, the hysterical laughter was generated by Barry’s essay on home ownership and his husbandly duties of removing, or at least pretending to remove, the lizards that frequently invade his family’s home.

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