NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Sunday, May 24, 2009


by Dave Barry

"Did you ever wish that you really understood money? Well, Dave Barry wishes that he did, too. But that hasn't stopped him from writing this book." (From the front jacket flap.)

Let me make clear right out of the chute that there is not one ounce of actual financial advice in this book. It's a satire, a joke. It makes fun of financial self-help books. Why do I say this? Because it got a whole bunch of 1-star reviews on Amazon from people who were beyond PO'd when they thought they were getting a serious finance book. If those people read the entire title and/or a single page of this book and still thought it was going to assist them on their road to riches, they possibly need more help than simply financial. You really should go read those reviews. They're almost as funny as the book itself.

And Dave Barry's Money Secrets: Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar? is funny! I'm talking laugh-out-loud-until-you-cry kind of funny. This was exactly what I needed coming off a string of way-too-serious books. Before there was David Sedaris, there was Dave Barry, and Barry still holds the title for Author of the Funniest Book I Ever Read In My Life, Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, where I learned about things like urinal etiquette and man clubs like Mountain Men Anonymous who go camping together, get drunk, and try to shoot beer cans off each other's heads with bows and arrows. Trust me. It's hysterical! And so is this one. When you need a laugh, pick either one up. You can thank me later. :-)


bermudaonion said...

This sounds good to me because I enjoy Dave Barry's humor.

Michele said...

I love Dave Barry. Always have. You reminded me that I need to go find his column and put it in my feed reader!

Advice to all: never pass up a Dave Barry book!

Literary Feline said...

It's so fun reading reviews for books like this sometimes. :-) As you said, they can sometimes me more funny than the book itself. Thanks for the great review!

Lezlie said...

Bermudaonion ~ When it comes to humor, Dave Barry is my all-time favorite!

Michele ~ He has a column I can subscribe to? I never thought to look! Thank you for the tip!!

Literary Feline ~ You're welcome! Some of the people who review on Amazon. . . I just don't know. I'm thinking I don't ever want to know if I know them. :-)


Veronica said...

i LOVE dave barry! my highschool US history teacher would read us passages of his "history" book when we got finished with class early. it was great.

Lezlie said...

Veronica ~ He must have been a very cool teacher. How fun!!


Belle said...

This looks like a fun book. Dave Barry's Guide to Guys was such a riot - it will be fun seeing his take on money.

Lezlie said...

Belle ~ If I so much as see the cover of Guide To Guys when I'm at a bookstore I start smiling. :-) I hope you enjoy Money Secrets!