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Everyone knows Dave Barry as the hard-hitting Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for the Miami Herald -- but it turns out he writes humor books as well!

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. If you're a guy -- or you're attempting to share a remote control with one -- you need this book, because it deals frankly and semi-thoroughly with such important guy issues as:

  • how to have a relationship with a guy
  • scratching
  • the Noogie Gene
  • why guys cannot simultaneously think and look at breasts
  • why the average guy can remember who won the 1960 World Series, but not necessarily the names of all his children
  • and much, much more.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Unlike many previous books by Miami Herald humor columnist Barry, this is not a collection of newspaper pieces but an original work that poses the question, What is a guy? Barry's guy is given neither to macho domination nor to sensitive introspection (as a mere man might be); he likes mechanical things and pointless challenges for their own sake; he has no well-defined moral code but knows how to extemporize; he fails at communicating his inner feelings (if he has any). After presenting a scientific quiz with which a male can assess his "guyness quotient," the author treats the biological nature, social development, medical concerns and domestic side of guys. He even provides a chapter for the woman who is contemplating having a relationship with such a creature. The dad who receives this winning piffle for Father's Day will ask, "What'd you give me this for?" (if he's a guy). Author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449910261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449910269
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The New York Times has pronounced Dave Barry "the funniest man in America." But of course that could have been on a slow news day when there wasn't much else fit to print. True, his bestselling collections of columns are legendary, but it is his wholly original books that reveal him as an American icon. Dave Barry Slept Here was his version of American history. Dave Barry Does Japan was a contribution to international peace and understanding from which Japan has not yet fully recovered. Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys is among the best-read volumes in rehab centers and prisons. Raised in a suburb of New York, educated in a suburb of Philadelphia, he lives now in a suburb of Miami. He is not, as he often puts it so poetically, making this up.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Barrack VINE VOICE on March 14, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As has been noted in many reviews, this book is stuffed full of incredibly funny stories, and even if you rarely laugh out loud (like me), you probably will a few times during this book.
There are also some passages that are so eerily realistic, and so intimate, in their depiction of the guy psyche, that they read more like a documentary than a humorous editorial. You can almost imagine David Attenborough crouching down in the corner of the men's room, whispering, "Here we see the males of the species gathering to dispense of liquid waste at a row of urinals, but if you think their choice of urinal location is careless, you'd be wrong...." There really is a detailed explanation of urinal etiquette that is dead on the mark for accuracy, and part of the humor was sharing it with my incredulous wife, who had no concept of this hidden facet of male society.
There are also parts of the book that I cannot empathize with at all, such as the sections talking about sports fanaticism. Nonetheless, just as my wife laughed at the inanity of urinal etiquette that she had no experience with, I found the unfamiliar topics just as funny as the anecdotes I could directly relate to. Dave's story of his rivalry with opposing fans at a Celtics game is one of my favorites in all his writing.
As always, the foibles are presented in a good-natured way which both the guilty and innocent should equally enjoy. This book can also be a good ego booster, since every man should be able to find at least one passage where he can say "At least I never did that!"
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By GREGORY S TOMKINS on January 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up in an airport bookstore (motto: "screw you") for the bargain airport-bookstore price of approximately 200 billion dollars. It was worth every cent and i have since bought it for roughly 10,000 co-workers. I spent the whole flight home laughing so hard that passengers in nearby aircraft could hear me. I swear I am not making this up. My only complaint is that all Dave's other books (motto: "a motto on every page") are dull by comparison. Buy this book! Buy it now!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Noel on May 29, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dave Barry's Complete Guide To Guys is, quite possibly, the most hilarious book I have ever read. Basically, Barry sums up all the stereotypes involving guys, not men, guys. Every page made me laugh out loud. I never got tired of it. I found myself nodding in recognition at almost everything written while I laughed until I cried. One of my personal favorite things that Dave Barry does in this book is his spectacular use of footnotes. He will have a sentence followed by a number corresponding to a footnote at the bottom of the page. It is always something hilariously random with very funny shock value. Dave Barry also includes many wonderful anecdotes on actual experiences with guy behavior, such as a bizarrely idiotic club initiation and an organization known as the Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts just to list a few. Anybody who is a fan of gender-related humor, either a guy or a gal, is sure to get a kick out of this fantastically entertaining work of literature.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dogg on May 23, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While reading Dave Barry's Complete Guide To Guys, I laughed so hard that I almost hit my head on a table. The book is essentially a hysterical explanation of all those things related to guys that normal human beings are unaware of. It begins with an introduction that explains the main differences between men, women, and guys. It then goes on to a "Guyness" quiz, in which the reader can determine whether or not he/she is a guy. It then discusses guy contributions to history, which can be summarized as: absolutely nothing. Next, Barry talks about the biological nature of guys, more specifically why they "act like jerks." He goes on further to tell about the social development, and lack of it, for guys. Next he discusses guy problems, guy medical issues, guys and violence, guys in action, etc. Barry covers every aspect of guys possible, and then some. The book is ultimately one of the funniest pieces of literature I have ever read. It is packed full of jokes, puns, one-liners and hysterical footnotes. It is suitable for young adults and older. I would recommend the book for guys, naturally, as the book is the most funny when one can relate to it. I also recommend that non-guys read the book as well, because it offers insight for normal human beings as to the nature of guys and why they act the way they do. In sum, if you're a guy and need a good laugh, then this is most definitely the book for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on November 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dave Barry is almost always extremely funny; even his less-impressive efforts are generally at least moderately amusing. But this is one of his best, up there with "Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up" and "Dave Barry Turns 40". Even those guys who, like myself, sometimes wonder if we're from this planet (given how little our mindset seems to have in common with the majority) and if we ARE from this planet, what species we're members of, can still find things in this book that we empathize with; in my case, it's the inability to see dirt. (Dave explains that this is why guys are so bad at housecleaning; they have a genetic visual impairment that renders them unable to see dirt.)
If you love subtle, elaborate, intellectual humor...
you won't want to read this book.
But if you can find amusement in seriously irreverent humor, even if it has the subtlety of a blowout at highway speed, then you should enjoy this book.
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