Sunday, June 08, 2008

Dave Barry's Money Secrets

Book review from The Movie Snob

Dave Barry's Money Secrets, by Dave Barry (Crown 2006). Probably 90% of America is already familiar with Dave Barry, a Pulitzer Prize winning humor columnist who has also written a fair number of books. (Over 20, according to the list at the front of this book.) If you don't like his shtick, there's no reason to think you'll like this book. Personally, I enjoyed it quite a bit, but then I also thought his Guide to Guys is one of the funniest books ever committed to paper. He's not always funny -- I thought Dave Barry in Cyberspace was not very good at all -- but I think he is in good form in this outing. For example, he compares Alan Greenspan's appearance to that of the world-famous groundhog Punxsutawny Phil, he sprinkles the same picture of financial guru Suze Orman (sporting a slightly crazed smile) liberally throughout the book, and he makes fun of lots of things like the bottled-water craze, reality TV, and Donald Trump. Read the financial quiz on the back of the dust jacket, and if you find it amusing you can buy the book. Maybe even for $5.99 at Borders, like I did. Dave Barry would approve.


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