Books by Dave Barry

Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how t


THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A light, comic tone and more-or-less believable stakes make for a winning combination. (Thriller. 8-12) "
A Miami eighth-grader's class trip to the nation's capital quickly escalates into an international incident. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Needless to say, effective humor is extremely personal. For those who have found Barry funny in a good way, these latest essays will cause outright, prolonged laughter."
Humorist Barry (You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, 2014, etc.) departs from the collections of his now-defunct syndicated newspaper column and his goofy full-length novels to write a dozen original essays gathered loosely around a theme: happiness and its discontents.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A mishmash, but 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."
Another wide-ranging collection of funny essays about parenting—and "grammar, sex, camels, women, brain surgery, sex with women, how to become a professional author, airlines, Justin Bieber and death"—by best-selling humorist Barry (Insane City, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
INSANE CITY by Dave Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Utterly familiar but funny."
Hangovers, bridesmaids, Haitian refugees and rogue primates run amok in Miami. Read full book review >
LUNATICS by Alan Zweibel
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"An antidote, if one is needed, to gritty urban realism."
A novel for those who love one-liners, outrageous characters and loopy plots. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Barry and Pearson effectively pull off the difficult trick of penning a stand-alone title that fans will adore while simultaneously causing newbies to flock back to their previous joint works—pretty nifty, that. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Captain Hook gets an iPad in Barry and Pearson's latest collaboration. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The short chapters plus the promise of a sequel will please reluctant readers as well as those seeking laughs, suspense and floating amphibians. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Eighth-grader Toby Harbinger and his outcast friends would look forward to the science fair if it were a fair competition. Read full book review >
PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON by Dave Barry
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Kudos to Barry and Pearson for a funny, clever, melodramatic romp. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In this double-stranded, nearly nonstop close to the Starcatchers trilogy (at least its direct line; the authors are also producing spin-offs), peaceful Mollusk Island is overrun by savage invaders, while Peter, acerbic Tinkerbell and the Starcatchers are away in the North African land of Rundoon battling the darkness-loving Others. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY’S HISTORY OF THE MILLENIUM (SO FAR) by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A book that's fearless in the face of fact."
With the third millennium more than one half of one percent finished, humorist/novelist Barry (The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Dog, 2006, etc.) is the first kid on the block to decide it's high time for its history. Read full book review >
THE SHEPHERD, THE ANGEL, AND WALTER THE CHRISTMAS DOG by Dave Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Dickens needn't fear the competition, but a Very Barry Christmas should prove a holiday favorite for years to come."
A nostalgic Christmas fable strikes an engaging balance between humor and heart. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Older reluctant readers, however, may find the familiarity reassuring and the nonstop action an incentive to finishing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Disobeying their elders, Little Scallop and her mermaid friends Aqua and Surf go out past the reef in search of beautiful pearls. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2006

The co-authors of Peter and the Starcatchers (2004) go to the same well, and that would be one trip too many. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This doesn't capture the subtler literary qualities of its progenitor, but readers drawn by authorial star power or swashbuckling will come away satisfied. (Fiction. 11-13, adult)"
A much-loved humorist and a renowned writer of adult thrillers make a strong combined crossover bid with this compulsively readable prequel to Peter Pan. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"Boogers remain all his, though. (10 line drawings)"
Fans may be surprised that the indefatigable comic somehow omitted his name from the title, they will be happy to find "boogers" emblazoned up there on Barry's latest gathering of columns. Read full book review >
TRICKY BUSINESS by Dave Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Low humor that will appeal to all those guys who keep America moving slightly off-course and to the women who love them."
The master of American poop 'n' doody-based satire returns to the Miami Crime-a-rama scene of his debut novel (Big Trouble, 1999). Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY HITS BELOW THE BELTWAY by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Dave Barry Is Still At It. Laughing will only encourage him—but that would be okay."
Dave Barry has written more than a score of funny books, a full 69% of them bearing the words "Dave Barry" in the title (Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998, etc.). Now, maintaining Dave Barry's high standards, Dave Barry turns political pundit, employing Dave Barry's firm grip on matters governmental as well as a lot of other foolishness. Read full book review >
BIG TROUBLE by Dave Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1999

"But a host of lesser surprises are equally welcome. (First printing of 150,000; Literary Guild featured alternate; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In his first-ever novel, prolific humorist Barry (Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998, etc.) proves just how easy it is, or at least how easy he can make it seem, for any zany with Miami connections to master what he artlessly calls "the Bunch of South Florida Wackos genre." Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY TURNS 50 by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"There will probably be more laughs before Dave Barry Turns 60. (Author tour)"
It had to happen. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY IS FROM MARS AND VENUS by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Others may simply laugh. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Syndicated columnist and clowning Pulitzer-nik Barry (Dave Barry in Cyberspace, 1996, etc.) is back with another series of columns, regular as an equinox and admittedly starting to strain for a decent title (``A lot of the really good ones are taken. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1997

"Barry is his usual puckish self, but the real surprise here is how funny many of the survey respondents are."
``This book,'' Barry (Dave Barry in Cyberspace, 1996, etc.) explains, ``is Neil Diamond's fault.'' In a 1992 column he complained that radio stations consistently favored truly bad contemporary songs over good, citing their affection for such classics as Diamond's ``I Am, I Said.'' The resulting deluge of mail included both howls from outraged fans and many letters from exasperated readers citing even worse offenders against taste and common sense. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY IN CYBERSPACE by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"And it can be read with zero RAM, too. (Author tour)"
User-friendly Barry, tour guide to the world and elsewhere (Dave Barry Does Japan, 1992, etc.), takes a crack at cyberspace and comes up with a loony naturalist's guide to computer geekdom. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY IS NOT MAKING THIS UP by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist and funny guy Barry (Dave Barry Does Japan, 1992, etc.) has once again collected a bunch of goofy anecdotes. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY DOES JAPAN by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"A droll, light companion to all those heavy texts that offer dreary, detailed analyses of Nippon and its people; and if your yakuta is tied wrong, the hell with it. (Line drawings by Barry throughout.)"
Barry (Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need, 1991, etc.), syndicated humorist and author of a lot of funny books (most with his name in the title—as if there's a lot of shoddy imitation), does it again. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY'S ONLY TRAVEL GUIDE YOU'LL EVER NEED by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Funny stuff."
Holder of a Pulitzer for funny commentary, Barry (Dave Barry Slept Here, 1989) follows the footsteps of Baedeker and Marco Polo and offers a travel book that is more current and just as useful. Read full book review >