Public Apology by Dave Bry
In Which a Man Grapples With a Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time

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Had Dave Bry challenged himself a bit more, dug a bit deeper...he might have really been onto something here. And Public Apology might have become something more than just a batch of comic, tragic, and humane essays.
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Dave Bry is sorry. Very sorry. He's sorry to Wendy Metzger for singing the last verse of "Stairway to Heaven" into her ear while slow dancing in junior high school. He's sorry to Judy and Michael Gailhouse for letting their children watch The Amityville Horror when he babysat them. And he's sorry--especially, truly--that he didn't hear his cancer-ridden father call out for help one fateful afternoon.

Things are different now. Dave's become a dad, too, and he's discovered a new compassion for the complicated man who raised him. And maybe if his 17-year-old self could meet his current self, he'd think twice before throwing beer cans on Jon Bon Jovi's lawn. Dave's apologies are at turns hysterically funny and profoundly moving, ultimately adding up to a deeply human, poignant and likable portrait of a man trying to come to grips with his past.
 

About Dave Bry

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Dave Bry is a freelance writer and editor. His writing can be found at The Awl, True/Slant and The New Republic.
 
Published March 19, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Mar 26 2013

Had Dave Bry challenged himself a bit more, dug a bit deeper...he might have really been onto something here. And Public Apology might have become something more than just a batch of comic, tragic, and humane essays.

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