Books by Barry Yourgrau

MESS by Barry Yourgrau
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Yourgrau provides engaging company for most of that span, but the actual decluttering in the book might have taken less than a chapter."
A memoir about decluttering an apartment. Read full book review >
YET ANOTHER NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Younger children looking for scary—but not too scary—tales and older reluctant readers will fall on Yourgrau's latest with glad cries. (Short stories. 7-9)"
After trying his hand at a novel, Yourgrau returns to the format of his first NastyBook (2005), offering several dozen surreal mini-melodramas, most running only a page or two with the occasional typographic flight of fancy, deliberately lame poem or (one hopes) consciously ugly line drawing chucked in for variety. Read full book review >
ANOTHER NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"De Jesus inserts occasional pages of comics-style panels, as well as mucky blots or smears intended to give the pages a well-thumbed look that they are unlikely to pick up from actual readers. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Again writing for short attention spans, Yourgrau clambers onto Lemony Snicket's coattails with this circular, surreal tale of a lad who, inspired by a redundantly dubbed "manga comic," stumbles off to the rescue after his shrewish mother is supposedly kidnapped by goblins. Read full book review >
NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Fans of the likes of David Lubar's Witch's Monkey and Other Tales (1997) or Paul Jennings's twisted short fiction will be rolling in the aisles. (Short stories. 10-13)"
Continuing the format but toning down the raunchiness of several earlier efforts for adult readers, Yourgrau offers about 50 deliciously macabre sketches and fragments, most of them ideal for reading aloud. Read full book review >
MY CURIOUS UNCLE DUDLEY by Barry Yourgrau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"An unsuccessful experiment by an author known to take chances in his titles for adults. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Take a world-traveling uncle with a penchant for potions. Read full book review >