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Dave Barry

Author of Peter and the Starcatchers

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About the Author

Dave Barry was born in Armonk, New York on July 3, 1947. He received an English degree from Haverford College in 1969. His early attempts at small-town journalism for the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, were directed towards local matters, such as zoning and sewage. In 1975, he show more briefly attempted to teach business writing to business people. Since then, he has worked as a professional humorist. For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He is the author of numerous fiction, nonfiction, and young adult books. His novels include Big Trouble, Tricky Business, Lunatics, and Insane City. His nonfiction works include Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States, I'll Mature When I'm Dead, You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, and Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings from Dave Barry. His young adult books include the Starcatchers series and the Never Land series. Dave Barry's title, Best. State. Ever, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist. His recent novel, "Big Trouble," spent several months on the "New York Times" best-seller list, & his most recent nonfiction book, "Dave Barry Turns 50," was also a national best-seller. Dave lives in Miami, Florida. (Publisher Provided) show less

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Works by Dave Barry

Peter and the Starcatchers (2004) 6,097 copies
Peter and the Shadow Thieves (2006) 2,719 copies
Big Trouble (1999) 1,978 copies
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (2007) 1,945 copies
Dave Barry's Greatest Hits (1988) 1,148 copies
Tricky Business (2002) 1,021 copies
Peter and the Sword of Mercy (2004) 947 copies
Dave Barry Does Japan (1992) 799 copies
Dave Barry in Cyberspace (1996) 792 copies
Naked Came the Manatee (1997) — Contributor — 674 copies
Dave Barry Talks Back (1991) 633 copies
Dave Barry Turns 40 (1990) 610 copies
Insane City (2013) 464 copies
Dave Barry Turns 50 (1998) 442 copies
Homes and Other Black Holes (1988) 432 copies
The Bridge to Never Land (2011) 409 copies
Science Fair (2008) 404 copies
Lunatics (2012) 339 copies
The Worst Class Trip Ever (2015) 286 copies
Cave of the Dark Wind (2007) — Author — 280 copies
The Taming of the Screw (2000) 190 copies
Swamp Story (2023) 174 copies
Blood Tide (2008) — Author — 99 copies
The Worst Night Ever (2016) 93 copies
Walt Disney's Peter Pan (2009) 74 copies
The Best of Dave Barry (1995) 7 copies
Dave Barry on Dads (2007) 4 copies
Complete guide to guys (2009) 3 copies
Bad Habits (2023) 1 copy
Cantando los cuarenta (1991) 1 copy
Insane City 1 copy
Nosotros, los tios (2005) 1 copy
Peter and the Starcatchers Set Books 1-4 (2010) — Author — 1 copy
Passion: Men on Men {audio} — Contributor — 1 copy
Swamp Story 1 copy

Associated Works

Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contributor — 209 copies
Japan: True Stories of Life on the Road (1998) — Contributor — 124 copies
In Dog Years I'd Be Dead: Garfield at 25 (1998) — Foreword — 92 copies
The Hypochondriac's Guide to Life. And Death. (1998) — Introduction — 91 copies
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contributor — 21 copies
What's Up, Doc? [1950 short film] (1950) — Actor — 3 copies
A Ham in a Role [1949 short film] (1949) — Actor — 3 copies
Bacall to Arms [1946 animated short film] (1946) — Actor — 3 copies
Slick Hare [1947 animated short film] (1947) — Actor — 3 copies
Hare Conditioned [1945 animated short film] (1945) — Actor — 3 copies
Comic Relief #98 (1997) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #132 (2000) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #133 (2000) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #134 (2000) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #135 (2001) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #136 (2001) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #137 (2001) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #100 (1997) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #99 (1997) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #101 (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #103 (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #104 (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #118 (1999) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #119 (1999) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #120 (1999) — Contributor — 1 copy
Curtain Razor [1949 short film] (1949) — Actor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #131 (2000) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Barry, David McAlister
Armonk, New York, USA
Places of residence
Miami, Florida, USA
Haverford College (B.A., English, 1969)
guitarist (Rock Bottom Remainders)
Rock Bottom Remainders (band)
The Miami Herald
Tribune Media Services
Awards and honors
Pulitzer Prize (Commentary, 1988)
Short biography
The New York Times has pronounced Dave Barry "the funniest man in America." But of course that could have been on a slow news day when there wasn't much else fit to print. True, his bestselling collections of columns are legendary, but it is his wholly original books that reveal him as an American icon. Dave Barry Slept Here was his version of American history. Dave Barry Does Japan was a contribution to international peace and understanding from which Japan has not yet fully recovered. Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys is among the best-read volumes in rehab centers and prisons. Raised in a suburb of New York, educated in a suburb of Philadelphia, he lives now in a suburb of Miami. He is not, as he often puts it so poetically, making this up.
Dave's most recent books are "Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland," and "Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog." His next book, "A Field Guide To The Jewish People," which he co-wrote with his friends Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel, will be published September 24. Dave is not Jewish, but Adam and Alan are, so it's kosher.



Pretty much a throwaway, Barry gets in a few good lines, but the book is just so tossed-off, it almost hurts to read it. Someone could at least have given Julie London credit for being a singer (and a favorite of Bob Dylan) before she was known as an actress. Hard to argue with most of the choices, however, although some are just more silly than bad. And others were certainly not meant to be taken seriously in the first place. Also, he left out the worst song ever: I Started a Joke by the Bee Gees. "I finally died, which started the whole world living." And the rest is just as bad. (Hey, I love lots of Bee Gees songs, from throughout their career, but there is just something about the tune of this song that even without lyrics would put me in a bad mood.)… (more)
datrappert | 13 other reviews | Apr 24, 2024 |
Laugh out loud funny. A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author Dave Barry. He celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that’s at the top, from the Sunshine State’s earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness that it is today.
bogopea | 40 other reviews | Apr 2, 2024 |
Outrageously funny. I would read it again.
Lewis.Noles | 54 other reviews | Mar 23, 2024 |
Lewis.Noles | 29 other reviews | Mar 23, 2024 |



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