You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, by Dave Barry
For a long time, Dave Barry’s books consisted largely of his columns from the previous decade, which was disappointing to us loyal readers who had already read most of his writing anyway. Dave officially stopped writing his column years ago, although it seems like he’s merely stopped publishing it – his most recent book seems to be largely composed of things he’d have published in column form before. Now, of course, it’s brand new material, and while some of it is longer and gets more in-depth treatment, his style is no different than what you’d expect every Sunday at the Miami Herald.
Fortunately, Dave is still hilarious. Even his trip to Israel – a topic that most Americans can say maybe three things about – is engaging and interesting, funny but apolitical. Freed from his wordcount shackles and profanity filter, Dave is as funny as ever, crossing his former limits without using them as a crutch.
Recommended for fans, and highly recommended for non-fans.
Clothes: “As a general rule, do not wear “ironic” clothing unless you wish to make the bold fashion statement: “I’m still living off my parents.””
Wine: “In an hour it will be urine , same as Bud Light.”
The ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey” trilogy: “I don’t know because I haven’t read them, although I fully intend to do so in the future if the only alternative is crucifixion.”
Women: We still don’t know what causes women to wear shoes that hurt, or fill their homes with reeking decorative candles that provide no more illumination than a lukewarm bagel, or watch The View, or put small weird-shaped pillows on beds that already have pillows, but we assume some kind of mutant brain proteins are also causing these behaviors.