|You Can Date Boys When You're Forty
by Dave Barry
Published by Putnam
Publication date: 2014
hardcover | 224 pages
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A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author of Insane City.
In his New York Times–bestselling I'll Mature When I'm Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.
In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he's serious about that title: "When my daughter can legally commence dating—February 24, 2040—I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased") to funeral instructions ("I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner"), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father's ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert ("It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers").
Let's face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. Thank goodness we have Dave Barry as our guide!
Praise for You Can Date Boys When You're Forty
"If you were on that clichéd desert island and could follow only one sage's advice, it would have to be Dave Barry's."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Side-splitting . . . brilliantly funny. Parents and non-parents alike will find plenty of laughs in this characteristically hilarious collection."—Publishers Weekly
"Hilarious musings by the Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist."—Booklist
"As a source of mirth and deep insight into male thinking, this is a pristine gem. You Can Date Boys When You're Forty makes you guffaw—hard."—P. J. O'Rourke