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Publisher's Summary

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again.

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

Critic Reviews

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)

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  • Roxy
  • ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA, United States
  • 05-17-15

Outstanding.

I have read hard copies of David Sedaris's work in hard copy and laughed out loud! It is so much better when he reads it.
Highly recommend, very entertaining!

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Stop Smoking

This is mostly a funny book about quitting smoking. If you smoke (which I never have), listen to it. It makes fun of the lengths you have to continue to smoke from confined smoking rooms in airports, to standing on the street outside of office buildings during a break, to having to stay in crappy airport motels so you can smoke in your room. Funny, funny, funny if you do not smoke. If you are hooked maybe not so much.

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Hilarious!

After listening to one of his books I had to purchase the rest of Sedaris' works. Blunt, and at times harsh, but if you can handle that it's fricking hilarious!

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Beyond hilarious!

I have copies of all of David Sedaris's books, but listening to him narrate, is worth every penny of buying the audio version. I not only laugh out loud multiple times during each chapter, but always learn a lot when reading/listening to him.

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  • Deborah
  • Quincy, MA, United States
  • 04-17-15

Loved hearing David express himself live!

Sedaris is a raconteur that tells his story with irony and wit.
Listened to this again and again. Loved it.

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Hilarious!

This was my first book by David Sedaris and I totally understand why people live him. It was funny and sad and thought provoking, but mostly just funny. He's a great essayist and a great performer.

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Can "patricide" ever be funny?

Here, sure! Matricide too. Only David Sedaris could turn such a morbid topic into a laugh-out-loud punch line.

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Depressingly funny.

Enjoyed it, Much darker than his other books, the very worst in humanity could be so funny.

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awesome storytelling.

David Sedaris tells a story like no one else can. I laugh every time I read or listen. I could listen to this audiobook over and over, and it would never get old. the portrayals of his family members are so real and so genuine. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a funny bone!

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Eh

The stores were interesting and he does have an interesting humor, but I could only handle the whining of an old man for so long without wanting to commit seppuku.