You Can Date Boys when You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little about

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Penguin Group USA, 2014 - Humor - 224 pages
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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 Times bestselling 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!

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Q. How did you like the book?
A. Dave's got his groove back on this one. He lost it some when he tried novels. His niche is personal humor, and he found it again here. The only chapter not so
funny is the one covering his trip to Israel, with his wife and daughter. But even that chapter gives the reader a good perspective on what a guided tour to Israel would probably be like. Dave doesn't miss many details.
Q. So it's mostly funny except for one chapter?
A. That's right. I recommend it to all readers, but Dave is a boomer, like me, so I could be overestimating his talent for humor. We were born in the same year, or maybe a year apart. So what he writes about I can always relate to. Maybe some younger readers (or older) would find the book confounding or just dull. Read it and see what you think.

About the author (2014)

Dave Barry's recent bestselling books include Insane City, I'll Mature When I'm Dead, and Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far). He lives in Coral Gables, Florida.

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