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.
I've been a fan of Tina Fey since the second season of 30 Rock. (Maybe that's late; I might live under a rock.) She has great advice for women about career and family, and as always, she made me laugh hard enough to pee my pants at least twice.
I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman and science fiction/mythology genres already, so when a friend recommended this book I thought I'd like it. I LOVE the various gods that make up the cast of characters in present day America. The small-town American cities take on a life of their own (Cairo, Illinois was probably my favorite). The short stories about people coming to America that are interspersed in the main narrative definitely add something to the overall concept of the novel. Guidall's reading is memorable as well.
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