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Me Talk Pretty One Day | [David Sedaris]

Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.
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Publisher's Summary

David Sedaris' new collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes ("There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch") and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist ("The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever") to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris' career leads him to New York City and eventually, of all places, France. His move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter.

©2000 by David Sedaris, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 by Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

"At his best, he makes you laugh out loud, which indeed may be worth the price of admission." (The New York Times)

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    Daneyal New York, NY, USA 01-05-05
    Daneyal New York, NY, USA 01-05-05
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    "A total pleasure"

    I loved this book! It is the first book I have ever listened to and it was well worth the money. The general style is somewhere between dry and psychotic - his ability to tell a story is genius at times. I would recommended it to anyone who is interested in autobiographical writing or just wants a laugh.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 07-17-04
    Anthony 07-17-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "Even if you've already read the book..."

    Hearing David do his Billie Holliday impression is worth the price of this audiobook alone. Don't miss it!

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    Corey Jamaica Plain, MA, USA 05-07-04
    Corey Jamaica Plain, MA, USA 05-07-04
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    "A Must Listen"

    David Sedaris' self-critical humor and willingness to say what the rest of us are thinking is not only greatly amusing, but refreshing. Read by the author, this is one of those rare titles that I would recommend the audiobook before the hard copy.

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    Christine Alexandria, VA, USA 10-29-03
    Christine Alexandria, VA, USA 10-29-03
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    "Funny"

    There were times when I was listening to this book that I was almost crying it was so funny. I listen to my audio books on the train going to and from work and had to stop myself many times from laughing out loud. I will be on the lookout for more of his books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 08-09-03
    David 08-09-03
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    "Me Talk Pretty One Day"

    Sedaris writes well and the dead pan delivery is perfect. But the stories of a gay boy growing into manhood are filled with pain. The author has developed the ability to present them in a humorous way, but that does not take away the pain. After a while you stop laughing and just feel the anguish the author must have felt. The value of this book depends on what you're looking for. If you just want to laugh without the pain, the bizarre and the scatological, I would try to find a different book.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Hinck 11-25-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Cynical and Boring"

    I did not find this book funny or entertaining. The part about his drug use and homosexuality were not funny and a turnoff for me. A person in that boat may find the discriptions of these self-indolgents funny.

    11 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Olympia, Wa 07-28-07
    Cindy Olympia, Wa 07-28-07 Member Since 2011
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    "not good"

    I would not recommend this book. I was disappointed in it.

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    Susan Columbus, OH, USA 06-28-05
    Susan Columbus, OH, USA 06-28-05
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    "Me Talk Pretty One Day"

    This wasn't to my taste. Many friends had read the book and said it was hysterically funny, but I found the author's delivery rather melancholy and pathetic. His stories re: speech therapy and his family pets left me feeling somewhat sad - much to my friends' confusion. I think I would be better off reading the book.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    J. Dietrich New York, NY USA 02-25-13
    J. Dietrich New York, NY USA 02-25-13

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    "Entertaining, but extremely pessimistic"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am a fan of Mr. Sedaris' segments on This American Life. This was the first time I'd ever read/listened to one of his books and I have to say, the experience kind of bummed me out. It seems that Mr. Sedaris is a very unhappy individual who goes out of his way to interpret things that happen to him and around him in the most negative way possible. I guess that's where he gets his material from, but personally found it a little tiresome after a while. This book is best served in This American Life sized chunks to be enjoyed one at a time rather than listening to multiple chapters at once.


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    Mary B. Huntsville, TX 04-01-04
    Mary B. Huntsville, TX 04-01-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Boring, Poor Me"

    If I could give this book zero stars, I would. I couldn't even listen to the whole book. His feeling sorry for himself gets old fast. I'm a caregiver, and know many people who struggle with much greater afflictions than David Sedaris, and they whine much less.

    8 of 30 people found this review helpful

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