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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")

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What we need is an instruction manual for life--a serious, carefully researched treatise filled with wisdom and insight. Instead, we have "Dave Barry's Guide to Life, " which is no help whatsoever. But it's a "lot" shorter than "The Brothers Karamazov, " plus it has more cartoons. And look at the topics Dave covers:
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published July 20th 1991 by Wings (first published 1991)
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Wes Locher
Jul 12, 2010 Wes Locher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, essays, 2010-reads
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
Jul 13, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it
One of Dave Barry's early works, this book is actually a compilation of four books. The first two sections on marriage, sex, and babies are wildly entertaining with only a slant Dave Barry can create. The last two sections on fitness and job success are okay, but the book would have been better without them dragging the book out -- they could have been used as their own book or columns.

I'm a Dave Barry fan and I find his humor vastly entertaining. He has a unique view of ordinary life events.
Aron Kaufman
May 16, 2007 Aron Kaufman rated it it was amazing
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 Sure, it was written in the mid '80s so some of the references are out of date, but it's just so funny that it doesn't matter.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.
Feb 23, 2012 Todd rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, humor
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:
Feb 26, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
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.
Jan 07, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
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 really liked it
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
Apr 26, 2012 Kimberley D rated it did not like it
I guess some people know people who resemble these gender stereotypes enough that they are funny. I'm sorry.
Tamsyn Kennedy
Feb 22, 2014 Tamsyn Kennedy rated it liked it
Easy to dip in and out of and still laugh out loud funny, even if some of the references are dated.
Jan 03, 2011 Charlie rated it liked it
Should have read this when I was in high school. (never mind that it wasn't written then.)
Dawn Edwards
Sep 24, 2012 Dawn Edwards rated it it was amazing
Everything you ever needed to know. And then some. With slide whistle.
Sep 01, 2011 Sydney rated it liked it
As always Dave Barry has a hysterical take on life.
Aug 01, 2013 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box-783-misc_sex
hardback, good condition but missing dust jacket.
Apr 07, 2013 Sunaina rated it liked it
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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