Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2014
From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.
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"Sedaris is the preeminent humorist of his generation." (Entertainment Weekly)
I always enjoy David Sedaris, but I'll have to admit with this offering there was much material I'd already read or had experienced at his live shows. There are some new offerings towards the end that are pretty hilarious, but other than that I'd already heard most of it before.
I am a big David Sedaris fan, but this wasn't my favorite book of his. There were a few laugh out loud moments, just not as many as usual. I still think it is worth a listen.
Some of the Chapters were very creative and funny.
It's almost dry witty stand up, sometimes it's funny.
No. It's arbitrary.
He's screwed up, but he spends most of his time making fun of other people.
About 10 years ago my kids gave me an Audible account for my birthday. It was the best birthday present ever!
Typical David Sedaris: Honest, irreverent, touching and crude with lots of laugh-out-loud moments, read the way it was meant to be read. Thoroughly enjoyable.
If you like David Sedaris, you won't be disappointed by his latest work. Quirky, funny, and self-effacing as always, Sedaris is more focused on the world around him than he is focused on himself or his family. There is still some of his trademark self-absorption and family analysis, but he seems to be slowly sorting out all of his self-loathing and lingering family resentment, and he now has energy and attention to devote to other topics. Interestingly, in terms of family analysis, he has turned his attention on his father and away from his mother.
No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.
Humorist, storyteller, caustic self analyst, Sedaris spins the stories of his life. His observations of a seemingly normal experience shows the twisted gift he allows us to share with him. It makes me wonder how many of those incidents pass me by each day; untapped material for a book just slipping through my fingers.
Keep up the good work Mr. Sedaris - it is a gem I will listen to more than once.
Of course it's a plus that David Sedaris performs as much as he reads his essays. And of course it's a plus that they are witty and provocative. The only real down-side is when he touches a sensitive nerve or two, but then I suppose that's what provocative essays are designed to do. The essays at the beginning are much better than those at the end, which were sort of ridiculous. I listened during my commute and was sorry that it only lasted about a week.
I've followed David Sedaris for years and seen him speak twice. Before this book, his recent material included a lot of parables starring animals. They were not to my taste, I was disappointed that his work was heading in that direction. I'm so happy he is back. This book is filled with new yet classic Sedaris material with stories of his travels, his childhood, and his family. This book is a little darker than his past works, it feels a little more raw, but that doesn't make it any less great. I enjoyed this book like getting back in touch with an old friend.
Say something about yourself!
We are able to count on having multiple episodes of side-splitting laughter when David Sedaris reads his own work . Neither my husband nor I have laughed uncontrollably for quite some time. I was afraid the neighbors might become annoyed with us. Mr. Sedaris writes well, and he is also a gifted narrator.
Having listened to David Sedaris since he read excerpts from his book, "Holidays on Ice" on NPR, I do not enjoy reading his work as much as I enjoy listening to him narrate. I still purchase all of his books anyway, in case he requires additional periodontal, orthodontics, or oral surgery.
I actually prefer to listen to his books punctuated with sufficient time to recover from diaphragmatic fatigue.
Mr. Sedaris is one of my favorite authors. I hope that he still does book tours, and will make an appearance in Northern California soon.
I had heard that David's books were hilarious and funny, but maybe I just don't understand his humor. The collection of essays was somewhat interesting at times but I wish I hadn't spent a credit on it. Maybe borrow it from a friend or local library.
The sections where he's reading to an audience are funnier than the studio recordings, maybe because that was when I could hear that I was supposed to be laughing.
Not in my mind.
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