All Books by Dave Barry

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A Field Guide to the Jewish People A Field Guide to the Jewish People
Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them ... and Much More. Maybe Too Much More

The last book on Judaism you will ever have to buy, this hilarious tome from three comedy legends contains the sweetness of an apricot rugelach and all the wisdom of a matzoh ball.

Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly? Why are yarmulkes round? Who was the first Jewish comedian? Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2019-09-23

Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, "What the hell is wrong with Florida?" Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2016-09-06
Big Trouble Big Trouble

"The funniest book I've read in fifty years."—Elmore Leonard

Dave Barry makes his fiction debut with a ferociously funny novel of love and mayhem in south Florida. Read more>>

Fiction | 1999-09-13
Boogers Are My Beat Boogers Are My Beat

In Boogers Are My Beat, Dave gives us the real scoop on:
• RV camping in the Wal-Mart parking lot
• Outwitting "smart" kitchen appliances and service contracts
And much, much more. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2004-09-28
Cave of the Dark Wind Cave of the Dark Wind
Neverland Book #2

While Peter is away from the island, James and the other Lost Boys discover a mysterious cave. Shining Pearl and her sister Little Scallop warn the boys that the cave is a dangerous place, inhabited by a creature known as the Goat Taker—a beast so scary that even the Mollusk tribe fears it. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2007-07-17
Dave Barry Does Japan Dave Barry Does Japan

Not since George Bush's memorable dinner with the Japanese prime minister has the Land of the Rising Sun seen the likes of a goodwill ambassador like Dave Barry. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1993-09-14
Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway

Just in time, Dave Barry supplies the wholly original, much needed history and guide to the new American politics and its three capitals, Washington, D.C., Austin, and South Florida. No surprise: it's hilarious. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2002-10-29
Dave Barry in Cyberspace Dave Barry in Cyberspace

A self-professed computer geek who actually does Windows 95, bestselling humorist Dave Barry takes us on a hilarious hard drive via the information superhighway—and into the very heart of cyberspace, asking the provocative question: If God had wanted us to be concise, why give us so many fonts? Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1997-09-23
Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, bestselling author, and Wheel of Fortune contestant Dave Barry exposes the shattering truth. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1998-09-14
Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP Dave Barry wouldn't lie—and here are the real life, laugh-out-loud stories from across America to prove it. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1995-04-11
Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down

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 . . . Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2001-10-30
Dave Barry Slept Here Dave Barry Slept Here
A Sort of History of the United States

If you love to laugh, if you love your country, if you are unaware that "the Sixth Amendment states that if you are accused of a crime, you have the right to a trial before a jury of people too stupid to get out of jury duty," Dave Barry Slept Here is the book for you. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1997-10-29
Dave Barry Talks Back Dave Barry Talks Back

Yet another collection of Barry wit and wisdom by the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and the author of Dave Barry Turns 40. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1992-05-12
Dave Barry Turns Fifty Dave Barry Turns Fifty

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist comes a celebration of the aging process. Not just Dave's, but that of the whole Baby Boom Generation—those millions of us who set a standard for whining self-absorption that will never be equaled. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1999-08-31
Dave Barry Turns Forty Dave Barry Turns Forty

If you're too young for a nursing home yet too old to be a rock star, if your marriage is as exciting as scraping grass off the lawnmower blades, then this hilarious book by Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist and author is for you. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1991-05-07
Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys

For thousands of years, women have asked themselves: What is the deal with guys, anyway? What are they thinking? The answer, of course, is: virtually nothing. Deep down inside, guys are extremely shallow. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1996-04-09
Dave Barry's Greatest Hits Dave Barry's Greatest Hits

What Dave Barry did for the men's movement in his Complete Guide to Guys and for foreign relations when he did Japan he now does for . . . everything in America. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1997-04-28
Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far) Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)

A brilliantly funny look at the tumultuous recent past from the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2007-09-17
Dave Barry's Money Secrets Dave Barry's Money Secrets

Did you ever wish that you really understood money? Well, Dave Barry wishes that he did, too. But that hasn't stopped him from writing this book. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2006-12-26
Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need

Complete with maps, histories, quaint local facts (France's National Underwear Changing Day is March 12), song lyrics, helpful hints on how to get through Customs (all insects must be spayed), and tidbits from Dave Barry's own fond vacation nightmares. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 1999-03-01
Escape from the Carnivale Escape from the Carnivale
Neverland Book #1

Little Scallop should be happy. She's a princess of the Mollusk tribe, rulers of beautiful Mollusk Island. And she has two fun friends—Aqua and Surf—who just happen to be mermaids. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2006-09-28
Homes and Other Black Holes Homes and Other Black Holes

At long last, Dave Barry, the dean of everything, lets you in on the deepest, darkest mysteries of life and answers your hysterical home purchase questions like they've never been answered before. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2000-07-28
I'll Mature When I'm Dead I'll Mature When I'm Dead

A brilliantly funny exploration of the treacherous state of adulthood by the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2010-05-04
Insane City Insane City

A dark comic masterpiece—the first solo adult novel in more than a decade from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author. Read more>>

Fiction | 2013-09-03
Lessons From Lucy Lessons From Lucy
The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

Faced with the obstacles and challenges of life after middle age, Dave Barry turns to his best dog, Lucy, to learn how to live his best life. From "Make New Friends" (an unfortunate fail when he can't overcome his dislike for mankind) to "Don't Stop Having Fun" (validating his longtime membership in a marching unit that performs in parades--and even Obama's inauguration), Dave navigates his later years with good humor and grace. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2019-04-02
Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster) Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)

During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom,* (*actual wisdom not guaranteed) and he is eager to pass it on—to the next generation, the generation after that, and to those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2015-09-01
Lunatics Lunatics

One of them is a bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. The other is a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Together, they form the League of Comic Justice, battling evildoers in the name of . . . Read more>>

Fiction | 2012-01-10
Peter and The Secret of Rundoon Peter and The Secret of Rundoon
Starcatchers Book #3

In this action-packed third installment in the Starcatchers series, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by an evil king who enjoys watching his pet snake consume those who displease him. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2007-10-23
Peter and the Shadow Thieves Peter and the Shadow Thieves
Starcatchers Book #2

In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to Peter and the Starcatchers, we discover Peter leaving the relative safety of Mollusk Island—along with his trusted companion Tinker Bell—for the cold, damp streets of London. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2006-07-15
Peter and the Starcatchers Peter and the Starcatchers
Starcatchers Book #1

Don't even think of starting this book unless you're sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time.  A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2004-08-30
Peter and the Sword of Mercy Peter and the Sword of Mercy
Starcatchers Book #4

The year is 1901—it's been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2009-10-13
Science Fair Science Fair

Grdankl the Strong, president of Krpshtskan, is plotting to take over the American government. His plan is to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School, located in a Maryland suburb just outside Washington. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2008-10-14
Swamp Story Swamp Story
A Novel

Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times bestselling author and 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. Read more>>

Fiction | 2023-05-02
The Bridge to Neverland The Bridge to Neverland
Starcatchers Book #5

Aidan and Sarah cooper have no idea what they're getting into one afternoon when they discover a mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an antique English desk their father recently bought at an auction. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2011-08-09
The Shepherd, The Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog The Shepherd, The Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog

Have a very Barry Christmas!

In this "hilarious" (USA Today) national bestseller, Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry pens one of the warmest, most delightful Christmas stories ever. Read more>>

Fiction | 2006-11-07
The Worst Class Trip Ever The Worst Class Trip Ever

In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble—not. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2015-05-05
The Worst Night Ever The Worst Night Ever

Last year, Wyatt Palmer was the hero of middle school, having foiled a plot against the president of the United States. But now he and his friends are in Coral Cove High School —home of the Fighting Conchs—and Wyatt is no longer a hero: He's just another undersized freshman, hoping to fit in, or at least not be unpopular. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2016-04-26
Tricky Business Tricky Business

The Extravaganza of the Seas is a five-thousand-ton cash cow, a top-heavy tub whose sole function is to carry gamblers three miles from the Florida coast, take their money, then bring them back so they can find more money. Read more>>

Fiction | 2003-10-07
Walt Disney's Peter Pan Walt Disney's Peter Pan

In this new picture book, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson take a fresh look at Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, and Captain Hook as only they can. Read more>>

Young Adult | 2009-11-24
You Can Date Boys When You're Forty You Can Date Boys When You're Forty
Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About

A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author of Insane City. In his bestselling I'll Mature When I'm Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families. Read more>>

Nonfiction | 2014-03-04