Dave Barry
The Wit and Wisdom of Dave Barry
November 4, 2016

•  Iconic American Humorist

•  Nationally Syndicated Columnist

•  Best – Selling Author & Pulitzer Prize Winner

BarrySandra West Memorial Speaker

Elected “Class Clown” of his high school.  Dave Barry capitalized on his keen sense of humor to become “the funniest man in America,” according to the New York Times.  For 22 years, Barry’s weekly column appeared in over 500 newspapers with “laugh-out-loud” commentaries on all aspects of life.  Best-selling author of over 30 works, including his collected columns, Barry discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working.

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Magic City Books/Tulsa Literary Coalition suggests the following titles as complimentary reading selections for this season’s speakers. All titles are available at the library. Visit www.tulsalibrary.org to access the catalog.

“The Wit and Wisdom of Dave Barry”

Barry is a prolific humorist with more than 30 books to his credit. Below are samples from different periods of his career.

Big Trouble (1999). The humorist offers a fiction debut that describes the lives of the troubled denizens of Coconut Grove, including a career-threatened adman, an alcoholic embezzler dodging a couple of hit men, and their dysfunctional families.

Dave Barry’s Money Secrets: Like, Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar? (2006). Barry explores the world of finance, sharing his unique advice on the stock market, the art of making and losing money, furniture in the CEO’s office, getting rich in real estate, and the financial benefits of an early death.

Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster): Life Lessons from Dave (2015). A latest collection of previously unpublished writings by the New York Times best-selling satirical author of You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty reflects on his granddaughter’s learning permit, the deviant behaviors of the men in his hometown and the loneliness of being a high-school nerd.