Dave Barry is Not Making this Up

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Fawcett Columbine, 1995 - Humor - 244 pages
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Since Dave Barry writes about weird things, you might be tempted to think he has a weird brain. He does, of course, but that's not the whole explanation: A lot of the things he writes about - exploding Pop-Tarts, for example - are real. In fact, Dave's main job as a humor columnist - aside from playing Stealth Fighter on his computer to avoid writing humor columns - is to point out what is already funny in a world that is seriously bonkers. In Dave's world, amazing but true adventures occur every day, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist investigates a ground-breaking anti-flatulence product recommended to him by a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; the ecologically dangerous shellfish attacking women's undergarments; and the epidemic of snakes and woodland creatures currently appearing in people's toilets. Dave's bad song contest required him to read thousands of entries from people like you; now, people like you can have the pleasure of being badgered by all the bad songs that badger Dave. Dave also participates in real-life feats of investigative journalism that actually require him to leave the house: marching with the Lawn Rangers precision lawnmower drill team of Arcola, Illinois; playing lead guitar in an extremely mediocre rock band with Stephen King and other literary lights: and taking his little boat Buster from its happy berth in the Barry garage onto Miami's high seas, only to run it aground. He's even appeared in an episode of "Dave's World, " the CBS television show based on his real life - only taller - in which he bids for an air conditioner. Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up includes longer feature pieces by Dave in which many of the featured facts happen to beaccurate. Now you can read Dave Barry on UFO thrillseekers and the Elvis lovers who hang out at Graceland - all articles that show Dave at his best and smartest. Complete with illustrations by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jeff MacNelly, Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up brings you
 

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Review: Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up

User Review  - Anita - Goodreads

Really fun as an audiobook. Exceptionally funny collection of essays. The ones on bad songs / bad lyrics are perfect (though I must admit to actually liking many of the songs on the list). The one ... Read full review

Review: Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up

User Review  - Sarah Jowett - Goodreads

I love Dave Barry and this book reminds me why his page at the Miami Herald online was my favorite bookmark all through the 90s (got married and had my son at the end so I was kind of distracted but I still got the books!). Read full review

Contents

Father Faces Life
6
Pumped Up
13
A LeftHanded Compliment
21
The Unkindest Cut of
59
Invasion of the Money Snatchers
71
The Great Mall of China
80
Courtroom Confessions
104
Captains Uncourageous
135
The Worlds Fastest Lawn Mower
152
The Worst Songs Ever Recorded
186
Consumers from Mars
205
Punctuation R Easy
215
Sexual Intercourse
224
Daves Real World
237
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About the author (1995)

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Miami Herald. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including Dave Barry Turns 50 and the novel, Big Trouble. He lives in Miami, Florida.


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