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You Can Date Boys When You're Forty

Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About

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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”).

Let’s 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!

Customer Reviews

OK Barry

Not classically brilliant Barry but decently amusing. Between the odd meanders into Israeli social structure and Middle East travel recommendations, a few laughs, a handful out-loud. Which is $12 better spent than on several promising but disappointing movies. At least you can sample the book, which is a more accurate indicator of its appeal than a movie trailer that might contain every single moment of value in the whole two-hour film.

The best passages of the book, in my experience, were read late at night on half an Ambien.

Dave Barry Hasn't Lost it Yet

He's 65, and yet he writes like someone half his age! So, if hilarious essays by a 32-1/2-year-old are your cup of tea, dunk this book in hot water and stir. (But not the Kindle version, please.)

You Can Date Boys When You're Forty

This book started out strong with typical Dave Berry humor. It became boring when he wrote about how to become a writer. It had nothing to do with the humor about his family or raising a daughter. Also, the book ended abruptly, and was too short for the money. A disappointment.

You Can Date Boys When You're Forty
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Humor
  • Published: Mar 04, 2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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