It's one of David Sedaris' best books. It reminds me of his earlier work, like Me Talk Pretty One Day. Funny, touching and well presented.
The Dog Poems are hilarious, and the first story is a lovely combination of his fine humor and his love for a twist in the story line.
Yes, and it's up there with his best.
Mr Sedaris show the abnormal in normal daily life. Examining his thoughts and bring us a delight to read. Otra!
If you're already a Sedaris fan, this book will not disappoint you. I find myself thinking about certain stories months after finishing it because they deal with pretty universal issues. Others, I think, "when will I ever reside in the French countryside?" Those stories are still funny, but they have a veneer of white, upper-middle class privilege keeping most of us from relating to stories about how cool he is and how quirky his family.
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is typical David Sedaris - which I think is great. I think the short, distinct stories make it easy to start and stop. That being said, I listened to it on a solo car ride, and I felt like the changing themes kept me engaged.
I have heard some of David Sedaris's other performances. This is just as good as the others.
There aren't a lot of books I'd go back and listen to multiple times, but there are a few. There are definitely some stories in this one I would revisit and share with a friend or two.
I find it very difficult to choose just one, but the two stories that I liked the best were the one about Obama being elected and the Europeans thinking it would never happen because Americans are too racist and the one where he talks about traveling abroad and learning German from the language recordings. Oh... and the young father with the special t-shirt in the airport. Can't forget that.
Not only is he a wonderful writer, but he is a very entertaining narrator. He tells the stories in an almost acerbic manner, but so humorously. The thoughts he describes going through his head are so much like what I think, and I'm sure anyone else who enjoys him. This is a man that I would absolutely love to encounter in an airport or coffee shop and spend some time bitching about other people.
I enjoy listening to books while I do my grocery shopping. I go alone, so I like to disappear into my head. I use a set of bluetooth headphones and you can't see them under my long hair. I was listening to one of his stories while shopping the other day and noticed that a lot of people kept smiling at me. Then I realized that they thought I was smiling at them because I just couldn't stop laughing at David. They either thought I was extremely friendly or completely mental. Either way, I enjoyed that shopping trip very much.
I'm very glad my friend suggested David Sedaris to me. I'd never heard of him, but I will be enjoying him from now on.
The once-funny Sedaris has become a bitter, mean-spirited old man.
Early Sedaris books are much better
I'm an audiobook narrator and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Happy to share my thoughts on books I've enjoyed.
So amazingly good
David Sedaris is able to take the everyday and wring every little bit of humor out of it.
David's tone and attitude add a multitude of layers to the stories.
Oh What A Life
Love, love, love David Sedaris. You cannot go wrong with this book.
And in that title, I mean watching Jordan play in his prime; and yes, play basketball in his prime. Hearing Sedaris read his own work makes all the punchlines work. And if there's anything funnier than Pimsler languages poking fun at themselves at the end, I don't know what it is.
It's hardly fair, right? I mean, I'm pulling for Sedaris to be awesome from the start. _Me Talk Pretty One Day_ was damn near a religious moment in my life. I love how totally, unrelentingly hard Sedaris is on his characters. It makes me as a reader care for them so much.
Sedaris himself. Certainly not that pretty boy Hugh.
Absolutely! The stories, like all of Sedaris'' best work are both humorous and thought provoking. Nothing is better than when he reads his own work.
Me Talk Pretty One Day - because it's one of my favorites and this book reminds me of it in both tone and quality.
No one, and I mean no one, can read his work like he can. There's a reason why his book tours where he reads stories are so popularly attended,
You'll laugh, you'll cry from laughing, and you'll laugh some more.
I don't believe in God and I'm a liberal but this wasn't a fun read. The last few essays left a bad taste in my mouth. It's like he's gearing his writing towards teenagers who don't have a clue. I don't read Sedaris to get upset about conservatives, but to laugh at the misery of his life and how he tells the story.