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Dave Barry is not Taking this Sitting Down! (2000)

by Dave Barry

Other authors: Leonard W. Henderson (Designer), Jeff MacNelly (Illustrator), Bill Wax (Cover photographer)

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Unless you're a 13 year old boy or me (an 11 year old girl who wishes she had red curly hair instead of straight frizzy brunnette hair) you probably will not like it (especailly if you're a lawyer). with silly quizzes, humor columist jokes,political jokes and death penaltys. ( )
  th1nkitup | Jan 2, 2013 |
Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning syndicated columnist and humorist based in the Miami Herald. This particular collection of 72 of his columns, published in 2000, was recommended in the Humor Section of The Ultimate Reading List. That's why I tried this--I'm not really a fan of joke or humor books in general, and this didn't do much to change that. Barry is funny. I did often grin madly and quietly snicker, and it takes a lot to get even that much of rise out of me from a book, and it happened in column after column. I guess the reason I don't rate this higher is that I can't see this as a keeper I'd want to read again and again. As he says himself, his columns are limited to 800 words, and being newspaper columns are very topical--so topical they don't always age well. These were published in the 1990s and there's lots of mentions of trivia of the day from The Blair Witch Project to--I am not making this up--those damn non-flushing toilets (TM). Several on that subject in fact from "The Toilet Police," "Smuggler's Blues," "Head to Head" and "And Don't Forget Tassels for All the Generals." I did from those get a novel insult for my Canadian friends, "maple breath" and Barry was often dead on about the gender wars. From "Rubber-Band Man" about a man flying a plane propelled by a giant rubber band and the contrasting reactions:

Male Reaction: "Cool!"

Female Reaction: "Why?"

I think Barry speaks for my entire female gender there. And the illustrations can be as witty as the essays. See the one to "Eye of the Beholder" on public avant garde art. So, likable, fun collection, even if it never quite got me to let loose with loud guffaws such as, say Bill Bryson's From a Sunburned Country or Pratchett and Gaiman's Good Omens. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Oct 28, 2012 |
Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down! by Dave Barry (2000)
  ncpoekert | Jun 16, 2010 |
Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down by Dave Barry (2001)
  cdp02005 | Aug 3, 2009 |
Sometime laugh out loud funny but mostly just makes you smile. ( )
  ragwaine | Dec 19, 2006 |
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Henderson, Leonard W.Designersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry is a pretty amiable guy. But lately, he’s been getting a little worked up. What could make a mild-mannered man of words so hot under the collar? Well, a lot of things–like bad public art, Internet millionaires, SUVs, Regis Philbin . . . and even bigger problems, like

• The slower-than-deceased-livestock left-lane drivers who apparently believe that the right lane is sacred and must never come in direct contact with tires
• The parent-misery quotient of last-minute school science fair projects
• Day trading and other careers that never require you to take off your bathrobe
• The plague of the low-flow toilets, which is so bad that even in Miami, where you can buy drugs just by opening your front door and yelling “Hey! I want some crack,” you can’t even sell your first born to get a normal-flushing toilet

Dave Barry is not taking any of this sitting down. He’s going to stand up for the rights of all Americans against ridiculously named specialty “–chino” coffees and the IRS. Just as soon as he gets the darn toilet flushed.

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In a compilation of syndicated columns, the author takes on the dangers of improperly sized brassieres, low-flow toilets, day trading, school science fairs, the IRS, the airlines, and pine sap transfusions for tired Christmas trees.

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