Dave Barry, a bestselling author of “fact” (2014’s You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty) and fiction (2013’s Insane City), returns with a new collection of 10 wacky essays, which, he says, have a connecting thread — happiness.
His fans will definitely be happy. Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings From Dave Barry — a mouthful of a title — offers his words of wisdom (“actual wisdom not guaranteed,” he says) on a variety of subjects from Google Glass to the perils of driving in Florida.
On his career: “I’ve had a long and rewarding career that consists of being paid to write pretty much any random idiot thing I want. You can put suspenders on a salamander, but it still won’t make waffles. See what I mean? That sentence makes absolutely no sense, but I got paid to write it. It’s printed right here in a published book! Unless you’re a high-ranking federal official, there is no way you can do anything this useless and still have a job.”
And he’s not making this up.
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The always-entertaining Barry will appear at 7 p.m. Monday at an Authors Live! event at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Highland Park; www.hpumc.org/authorslive/. He’ll talk about and sign his new book at the free event.
— Celeste Williams
Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster)
by Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $26.95