Dave Barry Turns 40 (Dave Barry) - Crown Publishers - 1990 - 179 pages

This is Dave's mid-life crisis book wherein he discusses body changes ("Your body is convinced ... that the only thing standing between you and starvation will be the stored fat from a Ring Ding you ate in second grade."), marriage ("... the flames of passion burn brightest when the wick of intimacy is first ignited by the disposable butane lighter of physical attraction, but sooner or later the heat of familiarity causes the wax of boredom to drip all over the vanilla frosting of novelty and the shredded coconut of romance."), raising children ("... parents often find out about school projects at the very last minute ... Didn't you hear? ... Each child is supposed to come in tomorrow with a model medieval village made entirely from typewriter parts."), etc.  Apparently, Dave had his own mid-life crisis.  He divorced second wife Beth (played by DeLane Matthews in Dave's World) in 1993.  In the end, Dave suggests that "older people ... can get away with almost anything" and cites Ronald Reagan as a prime example.

All joking aside, the book also includes a poignant, true story about his mother (page 156). [JAM 10/21/2010]