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The New York Times calls him “the funniest man in America,” and his legions of fans agree, laughing and snorting as they put his books on bestseller lists nationwide.

In Boogers Are My Beat, Dave gives us the real scoop on:

• The scientific search for the world’s funniest joke (you can bet it includes the word “weasel”)
• RV camping in the Wal-Mart parking lot
• Outwitting “sm
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jun 14, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Excellent collection of essays. The September 11 essays show his true writing ability.
Dorothy Timm
Oct 18, 2016 Dorothy Timm rated it really liked it
There were times when this book was laugh-out-loud funny. Wouldn't mind reading another of his books sometime.
Eugene Budney
Oct 08, 2016 Eugene Budney rated it it was amazing
A mixed bag of his very funny columns, from presidential conventions to belligerent turkeys. Guaranteed laughs for anyone reading this talented humorist. We need more like him these days.
Nov 26, 2013 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very, very, very good.

Boogers Are My Beat: More Lies, But Some Actual Journalism
is a collection of Dave Barry's columns from the summer of 2000 through September of 2002. They are read expertly by veteran narrator Dick Hill. I usually hear Hill reading crime novels and the like but I was pleased to hear that he has expert comic timing and turns out to be a perfect narrator for Barry's offbeat sense of humor.

Topics include:

*The 2000 Democrat and Republican political conventions;
*The 2002 Salt La
Feb 27, 2013 Ariadna73 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny-literature
Here is my review in my Spanish Blog:
Journalist Dave Barry discusses matters just as the winter Olympics the cold weather at the cities of Dakota; and the way Florida people use euphemisms to make cockroaches look cool; just by re baptizing them Palm Bugs. I laughed a lot with this book; but also cried a little because the author decided to close it by including to very serious and heartbreaking columns about his impressions on 9/11. He described how Gettysburg has been conv
Jan 27, 2014 Jaret rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5-star-books
This is an awesome collection of Dave Barry's articles from the Miami Herald. He begins his collection with a great laugh at American politics especially the Presidential Election of 2000. He then moves on to articles he wrote about life and his family. I particularly enjoyed the articles about the band he plays in with other authors including Amy Tan and Stephen King. (Poor Amy Tan's husband during "Leader of the Pack") He finishes the collection off on a serious tone. He wrote two articles abo ...more
Jul 09, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
“Boogers Are My Beat” is a collection of columns by Dave Barry. Barry has always had a way of describing the human experience in such a way to make us grin and point out the foibles of the powerful in a polite way. HOWEVER, I found that while I want more and more Barry after reading a Sunday column, 5 CDs worth of columns required a break and a change of pace so I could complete it.

The end of the book takes two separate looks at 9/11 – and shows quite effectively that Barry can be serious when h
May 06, 2012 molly rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-my-30s
It's been a long time since I read a Dave Barry book. I read a bunch in the early 90s (note to self: add those books here when you get a chance) when I was an adolescent. I thought he was hilarious. I still think he's hilarious but maybe not quite as hilarious as I remember from when I was a kid. This collection is a bit dated, the columns on the 2000 election and the conventions were likely funnier at the time. But I love the columns on random stuff that baffles him (and the rest of us, too). I ...more
Justin Offermann
May 10, 2012 Justin Offermann rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, humor
Dave Barry is one of the few authors who can consistently make me laugh out loud, even when I'd rather not (as when I'm reading in a public place-the looks some people give you when you laugh out loud while reading a book, it's as if the very idea of the written word being that funny is inconceivable). As a political junkie, I especially enjoyed the columns concerning the 2000 elections, but there wasn't a bad one in the bunch. To echo what others have said, I found the final column in the coll ...more
Jan 31, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dave Barry fans
Shelves: nonfiction, humor, 2009
Dave Barry has a unique "guy" kind of humor, and yet I find it incredibly funny too. It's probably because he writes in such a self-deprecating way. This is a compiliation of some of his humor columns, ending with two serious essays on 9/11. I really enjoyed reading this book, although it took me longer than usual to get through it. The last two essays were excellent as well, and I finished the book with tears running down my face. I look forward to reading more of his books.
Aug 25, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
I recently read Barry's "Dave Barry Slept Here," and I really enjoyed it, but I liked this so much better. "Boogers are My Beat" is a collection of his collumns, and I must say that I enjoy reading his collumns better than his other works.

As I read, I laughed out loud several times, and it made me happy to see some of his collumns which I remember having read in the newspaper.

Dave Barry pretty much cracks me up.
Jul 11, 2016 Steven rated it liked it
I felt that the humor was on par with Barry's other nonfiction works, but what impressed me the most about this book were the final two essays. The first was written immediately after 9/11, the second on the one year anniversary of the attack. I found both essays to be very heart-wrenching and poignant. I might even make a practice of reading them every Patriot Day; not to wallow in the despair and outrage, but to remember the event's impact, especially as the years continue to roll by.
Jul 27, 2011 James added it
An above average compilation of Dave Barry's Miami Herald humor columns. I write this review only to strongly advise against hearing the book via audio. I concur with Lynn Lusson Magil's review; the narrator, Dick Hill, severely messed up his delivery of Dave Barry's style of humor - reliant on puns at the end of a sentence that aren't conducive to Hill's one-trick staccato pronunciation of them. Read the book instead.
Dec 13, 2007 EK G rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those looking for light reading, short articles
You can make money being a) facetious b) funny and dish it out in small doses.

Apropos to what is going on in the US right now, the book does end on a sombre note -- first, Barry's emotional reaction to 9/11, and later, a reflection on what happened later. In a way, a reiteration of the complex American experience in its journey on the war on terror, and surprisingly, a breath of fresh air after the light hearted spin on things.
Feb 25, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
this was the best Dave Barry book I read in a really long time, if ever. I found myself laughing out loud throughout this book – really cool things like the mountain of garbage and all the other great essays that were so funny. I love Dave Barry's humor most of the time, and this was him at his best. He also had two articles about 9/11 that were very moving and brought tears to my eyes. The book made me laugh and cry.
Jul 19, 2010 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A collection of Dave Barry's humor columns from around the year 2000 to 2003. He is a pretty funny writer. It ends with his views of 9/11, one column written a day later, the other one year later. He proves through the beginning of the book what a great comedic writer he can be, but the ending shows what a powerful serious writer he can be as well.
David Allen
Jun 01, 2013 David Allen rated it liked it
Begins with daily columns he wrote about the 2000 political conventions and the 2002 Winter Olympics, follows with some regular columns and ends with two serious pieces about 9/11. Some of his shtick has worn thin, at least with me, but there's funny stuff, such as his visit to North Dakota, where a sewer lift station was named in his honor.
Scott Wright
Feb 05, 2013 Scott Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read-later, 2013
This was often laugh out loud funny. It's satire and at times heart felt. Weasals chomping on my privates to a beautiful essay on the horrific events in September of 2001. I would reccomend this to people that aren't looking for a story, but want some funny moments in history. Some are dated because...well they are dated.
Apr 14, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it
I love listening to Dave Barry on tape. He is lots of fun, but I would probably use my reading time for another genre of books. Anyway, he is so funny discussing feng shui, home repair, taxes, "smart" appliances, and the 2000 presidential election. He also had serious thoughts on the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Jun 27, 2008 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was light and entertaining enough, though I wasn't a fan of the ending. Not that I didn't appreciate the topic of 9/11 or the things that he wrote about it, but it felt seriously out of place as the ending to a book of humourous articles of Dave's over the years. He may consider it some of his best writing, and I may have thought it was pretty good too, but it was in the wrong book.
M.A. Brotherton
Jan 14, 2012 M.A. Brotherton rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
I enjoy the works of Dave Barry, and Boogers are My Beat is a nice collection of his columns from the first half of the decade, starting with the 2000 Presidential Elections and moving on to some pretty sad topics to end it all.

A good quick read for people who like disjointed humor columns.

Jul 30, 2009 Eddy rated it really liked it
A great read. A few of the assembled articles in this book were serious. Most were funny and full of Dave's classic wit. A glorious few were hilarious and will make you spew milk out of your nose. You have been warned.
Sandi Willis
Mar 18, 2015 Sandi Willis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you need a good laugh, this is the book for you! I laughed so hard my stomach hurt! The end of the book has a great tribute to those who died on 9-11. I cried at his words. Dick Hill is a great actor and voice for this book; he makes the words come alive!
Apr 30, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
Some really funny stuff. Some great stuff even. And some stuff that was not so funny. I was surprised about his 9.11 essays and thought they were good. It's the only serious stuff I know of him writing.
May 05, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it
The book includes Dave Barry's reports from the 2002 Winter Olympics, meaning his take on Salt Lake City and the Mormons. It also includes two excellent, serious essays, one written after 9/11 and one written for the one-year anniversary of 9/11.
Oct 17, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
I'm not ashamed to own that I've loved this guy since I was a teenager. Okay, maybe I am just a little. But who can resist a book that makes them laugh aloud every few minutes and insist on reading passages to busy and slightly annoyed spouses?
Heather Cawte
Mar 26, 2011 Heather Cawte rated it it was amazing
I'd heard that Dave Barry was funny, but this is the first time I've read one of his collections.

Can't write more now. Off to buy all the others....

(And the two serious pieces at the end, on 9/11, were worth the whole book price on their own.)
Sep 14, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
I hadn't read any Dave Barry in a while, because his columns hadn't been as sharp as when he was in his prime. This collection of columns isn't as good as his best, but it's as good as his average work, which is still pretty enjoyable.
Mar 08, 2010 Chad rated it liked it
A collection of his newspaper columns. The first section is dated humor surrounding the 2000 election that don't hold up after a decade. So far, the other chapters aren't based on current events, and are still fun to read.
Dec 11, 2008 Michelle rated it liked it
I actually listened to this book on tape. There were some good funny parts, especially the ones about his 3 year old daughter. The parts about North Dakota were funny at first but got a bit repetitive.
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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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