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Dave Barry's Guide to Life (Contains: "Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex" / "Babies and Other Hazards of Sex" / "Stay Fit and Healthy Until You're Dead" / "Claw Your Way to the Top")

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  564 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Very funny book on marriage, sex, healthy and success.

Hardcover, 372 pages
Published July 20th 1991 by Wings (first published 1991)
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Weston Locher
In his guide to life collection, Dave Barry tackles just about everything: dating, marriage, babies, fitness, and how to succeed in the corporate world. He does it all with his traditional style of humor which will keep you laughing with every page turn.

I'd have to agree with a lot of readers and say that the first two selections, "Guide to Marriage and/or Sex" and "Babies and Other Hazards of Sex" were the high points and basically kept me in stitches the entire time. I kept getting dizzy from
Aron Kaufman
May 16, 2007 Aron Kaufman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
This book might be my favorite Dave Barry book. It is hilarious! Usually I can't stop laughing when I read this, and it's hard to go more than a couple of sentences without laughing out loud. It's Dave's ultra-sarcastic/hyperbolic take on marriage, sex, raising kids, exercise, and work. Sure, it was written in the mid '80s so some of the references are out of date, but it's just so funny that it doesn't matter.

I recommend this to anyone looking for a good laugh, or 5,000 of them.
An older Dave Barry book, but still a good one. It's a combo of four other books. Humorous as always, and his (often, but not always) subtle injection of delegitimizing satire against government & big-business practices, as well as cultural conservatism, are a welcome addition (thanks Sheldon Richman:
This book brought a new light to my life when I got it for my 15th birthday.
Honestly, this book it awesome. It's perfectly poignant and funny. Dave Barry is a complete goof; he makes my toes curl in joy. It's definitely a bathroom read but I find myself picking it up every once in a while just for a good laugh.
Feb 26, 2014 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
I didn't realize this was a compilation of several books. There were some very funny parts, but some of it was repeated, and sometimes, he is just trying too hard. I did laugh a lot - especially at the excerpts on pregnancy and men's child-rearing.
Fun, quick read. I was surprised only a few things were outdated. Dave Barry is a solid wit. I look forward to the new book.
Dec 11, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dave Barry fans
The first two books are the best. Any time Dave talks about babies, you know it's going to be funny. What a wit.
Kimberley D
I guess some people know people who resemble these gender stereotypes enough that they are funny. I'm sorry.
Tamsyn Kennedy
Easy to dip in and out of and still laugh out loud funny, even if some of the references are dated.
Should have read this when I was in high school. (never mind that it wasn't written then.)
Dawn Edwards
Everything you ever needed to know. And then some. With slide whistle.
As always Dave Barry has a hysterical take on life.
hardback, good condition but missing dust jacket.
Fairly entertaining, as usual.
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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 this happened.
Dave has also written a total of 30 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as
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