You Can Date Boys When You're Forty
Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About
By Dave Barry
(Putnam Adult, Hardcover, 9780399165948, 240pp.)
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
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A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Timesbestselling 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 datingFebruary 24, 2040I 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!
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.
Praise for YOU CAN DATE BOYS WHEN YOU’RE FORTY
“If you were on that clichéd desert island and could follow only one sage’s advice, it would have to be Dave Barry’s.”—Janet Maslin, New York Times
“[A] hilarious collection . . . 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 . . . Parents and non-parents alike will find plenty of laughs.”--Publishers Weekly
“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
“[A] wide-ranging collection of funny essays . . . even those who don't have children and have never lived in Miami or searched for a Wi-Fi connection in the Israeli desert will appreciate Barry's lighthearted absurdity.”--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Dave Barry
“Dave Barry remains one of the funniest writers alive.”—Carl Hiaasen
“While reading Dave Barry’s Big Trouble, I laughed so loud I fell out of a chair. Luckily, there’s a rug, so I didn’t hurt myself.” —Stephen King