Book review: Dave Barry's Live Right and Find Happiness

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 March, 2015, 10:41pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 March, 2015, 10:41pm


Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)
by Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam's Sons

Dave Barry's latest book of essays, Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster), may be thin on page count, but it's worth every cent when it comes to humour and insight.

Barry's weekly essays in newspapers in the US and round the world have been missed by many for some time now, so it's wonderful to see that he hasn't stopped writing about our foibles and his somewhat unique perspective on what makes us tick.

And he's able to do it while evoking out-loud laughter.

Parents will appreciate his concerns regarding his teenage daughter getting her provisional driver's permit and the various issues he sees regarding the drivers in the state of Florida, where he lives. (According to his observations, being legally blind does not matter when it comes to having a driver's licence there.)

Barry's wife, Michelle Kaufman, is a sportswriter for the Miami Herald, and thanks to her, he's exposed to the joys and sorrows of soccer. He becomes jealous of David Beckham's good looks after he learns she's going to interview the soccer star, and a trip to Brazil to watch the World Cup begins with fear about being robbed, thanks to the shady tour guides he studies in advance.

Barry does an amazing job demonstrating why soccer is so beloved - yet not so much in the US. He uses sarcasm to prove the game isn't quite as boring as a non-fan would believe, and worthwhile even if your child isn't playing in some youth league.

Barry's heart and soul come across on the page even as he throws out another groan-inducing joke. Fans will love this, while newcomers not familiar with his work will find enjoyment as well.

Associated Press