He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.
From armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds, to the awkwardness of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a sleeping fellow passenger on a plane, David Sedaris uses life's most bizarre moments to reach new heights in understanding love and fear, family and strangers.
Culminating in a brilliantly funny account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris' sixth essay collection has been avidly anticipated.
©2008 David Sedaris; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
2008 Grammy Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album
"Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This latest collection proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he's also getting better....Sedaris's best stuff will still - after all this time - move, surprise, and entertain." (Booklist)
I dont like these people. i'd chew my leg off to escape them. thankfully, i just click delete. if you find yuppie mentality interesting & amusing--this book is for you, but if you find that culture to be shallow, boring & even offensive, save your money.
No way makes you feel like there is hope for you yet, like Davis Sedaris does. Warning: You will laugh out loud as you listen to this.
I have heard that a couple of his other books were much funnier than this one, but it was still entertaining. Some of the stories cracked me up, some made me say "hmm". No matter what, David Sedaris's take on life and situations is something different to ponder. I found the book intellectually humorous on many different levels. A fun book to listen to, but I think I might have lost the humor if I had read it instead, as the humor is subtle, sarcastic, and seriously given on many occasions.
I enjoyed the book. However, upon looking back to when I purchased it and reading the customer reviews, I realize how hugely unhelpful those reviews were. Some of them, both the negative and the positive ones, I have to wonder if these readers had listened to the same book. I found none of the elements in which they either complained or gave commendation.
The book is simply a very enjoyable collection of essays on day-to-day living through the eyes and perception of Mr. Sedaris. His vocal delivery is part of the fun. And, as a former smoker, I found the latter portion of the book incredibly well written and organized as to follow the struggles of quitting. I could empathize and laugh at behaviors that I, myself, had engaged in while in the process of quitting.
Rarely do I actually laugh out loud while reading or listening to a book. This guy made me laugh. He is brilliant.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
What a joy, I am only half way through this and have ordered others by the author. These stories are funny, touching, realistic, dark…yeah; all around good stuff. Mr. Sedaris’ writing, voice and narration are sublime, highly recommended.
Subpar by Sedaris' standards but still above average. I felt that it flowed less than most of his works, and the inclusion of certain live readings distracted from the overall cohesion. The book did become funnier as it progressed, so stick with it if you're struggling to get through the first few.
My husband has been a fan of David Sedaris for many years, but I was not familiar with his work until I saw his interview for this book on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I am so glad I bought it and I really believe this is an instance when an audiobook is the best medium for the work. David Sedaris is a wonderful writer, but his performance and presentation make good writing even better. This is a storyteller I can listen to for hours.
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