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Dave Barry Turns 50 by Dave Barry

Dave Barry Turns 50 (1998)

by Dave Barry

Other authors: Bill Wax (Cover photographer)

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Usually I prefer Barry's columns, but this is a terrific read. It's unexpectedly informative, because he includes some terrific history. I love thinking about how he'd react to hearing that the decade he grew up in is history to me. And guess what? I'm not young. But read this book anyway. It's fun and funny and will make you feel a little better about your inevitable decay. ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
Great fun for Baby Boomers! Barry starts with 1947 and reviews the "highlights" of each year until 1974, then continues with eight other chapters covering retirement, staying young, and other helpful hints for aging gracefully. Or not. ( )
  tloeffler | Mar 3, 2013 |
A light but entertaining read. I read this in snippets, but had a good laugh with it. ( )
  thioviolight | Mar 1, 2010 |
Not Dave's funniest book: mostly a list of fads in the years when one born in 1947 was young. And sometimes he doesn't even try to be funny, like when he is on the theme of draft dodging during the Vietnam war; here he tries to be very unfunny and succeeds.
A few intermittent laughs is in there though, and a bit of sweet nostalgia for baby boomers too. ( )
  jahn | Feb 13, 2009 |
A bit of a disappointment; not nearly as funny as Dave Barry Turns 40. More a review of the years during which Dave grew u (if he can be said to have done so) than anything about turning 50. Some humorous observations about the sixties, but some of the material appears to be recycled. Not one of his better books. ( )
  Jim53 | Jun 3, 2008 |
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When your average baby boomer wakes up and discovers he's old, it might not be the funniest moment of his life. But Dave Barry isn't your average boomer. And he doesn't read this--his hilarious account of turning 50--with the expected whining grief of someone whose world has become utterly pointless. No, where others might shriek in horror at the thought of getting "wrinkled, and forgetful and achy, and that you gain weight merely by watching food commercials," Mr. Barry takes a much more mature and less-panicked approach--he cracks jokes. For anyone accustomed to Barry's writing, with its trademark drollery and knowing wit, his off-handed narration and casual, Everyman's voice will bring an added pleasure to his hysterical observations on the golden years--especially if their eyes have started to go, along with their teeth and hair and other remnants of fleeting youth. (Running time: three hours, two cassettes) --George Laney

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