VJ Books Presents Author Dave Barry!
Dave Barry was born in 1947 in Armonk, New York. He was rather prophetically elected to the near-holy office of class clown during high school, and things only got worse from there. He earned a degree in English from Haverford College, and a few years later began working as a reporter and humor columnist at a local newspaper.
Barry worked for a while teaching writing to business people, and as a copy editor, but was inevitably drawn back into being funny full time. He returned to writing humor columns--a few years later his column was nationally syndicated, and in 1988 he won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. A decade later, Barry's first book was published, and he has now written an absurd number of humorous non-fiction volumes as well as a slightly smaller number of novels, which, annoyingly, are also funny.
Barry continued writing columns until 2004, when he reduced his newspaper-related responsibilities to make more time for his family. He continued writing other content, and writing books. His work earned him the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2005.
Two of Barry's books inspired the CBS sitcom Dave's World, which ran for 4 seasons, and a couple of his books have been adapted to film.
When not writing, Barry enjoys making music and spending time with his family and dogs. He lives in Miami.
In his latest novel, Swamp Story, actual Florida Man Dave Barry returns with a Florida caper full of oddballs and more twists and turns than a snake slithering away from a gator.
Author Update - Dave Barry and the Worst Class Trip Ever
Read to your kids, lifelong memories will be created! Many thanks to Ridley and Dave for keeping the dream alive...
Dave Barry Bibliography
The Taming of the Screw - 1983
- Babies and Other Hazards of Sex: How to Make a Tiny Person in Only 9 Months With Tools You Probably Have Around the House - 1984
- Stay Fit and Healthy Until You're Dead - 1985
- Claw You Way to the Top: How to Become the Head of a Major Corporation in Roughly a Week - 1986
- Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex - 1987
- Homes and Other Black Holes - 1988
- Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States - 1989
- Dave Barry Turns 40 - 1990
- Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need - 1991
- Dave Barry Talks Back
- Dave Barry's Guide to Life - 1991
- Dave Barry Does Japan - 1992
- Dave Barry's Gift Guide to End All Gift Guides - 1994
- Dave Barry is Not Making this Up
- Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys - 1996
- Dave Barry in Cyberspace - 1996
- Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs - 1997
- Dave Barry's Greatest Hit
- Dave Barry Slept Here
- Dave Barry is from Mars and Venus
- Dave Barry Turns 50 - 1998
- Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need
- Home and Other Black Holes
- Dave Barry is Not Taking This Sitting Down
- Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway: A Vicious and Unprovoked Attack on Our Most Cherished Political Institutions - 2001
- "My Teenage Son's Goal in Life is to Make Me Feel 3,500 Years Old" and Other Thoughts On Parenting From Dave Barry - 2001
- "The Greatest Invention in the History of Mankind is Beer" And Other Manly Insights From Dave Barry - 2001
- Dave Barry on Dads - 2007
- Boogers Are My Beat
- Dave Barry's Money Secrets - 2006
- Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far) - 2007
- I'll Mature When I'm Dead - 2010
- You Can Date Boys When You're Forty - 2014
- Live Right and Find Happiness - 2015
- Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland - 2016
- Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog - April 2019
- A Field Guide to Jewish People - September 2019 - with Adam Mansbach
- Big Trouble - 1999
- Tricky Business - 2002
- Peter and the Starcatchers - 2004 (with Ridley Pearson)
- Peter and the Shadow Thieves - 2006 (with Ridley Pearson)
- Escape from the Carnivale - 2006 (with Ridley Pearson)
- The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog - 2006
- Peter and the Secret of Rundoon - 2007 (with Ridley Pearson)
- Cave of the Dark Wind - 2007 (with Ridley Pearson)
- Science Fair - 2008 (with Ridley Pearson)
- Peter and the Sword of Mercy - 2009 (with Ridley Pearson)
- Blood Tide - 2008 (with Ridley Pearson)
- The Bridge to Neverland - 2011 (with Ridley Pearson)
- Lunatics - 2012 (with Alan Zweibel)
- Insane City - 2013
- Worst Class Trip Ever - 2015
- Worst Night Ever - 2016
- Swamp Stories - 2023
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