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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Erin
  • Kirkland, WA, United States
  • 09-18-04

Very disappointing

I purchased this book at the recommendation of a friend. I was sorely disappointed. The stand-up clips were fabulous, but the story line was disjointed and abrasive. I'd look elsewhere.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Del Mar, CA, USA
  • 08-15-04

Just don't get it

Not sure what the attraction to David Sedaris is. This was my first exposure to him and I was not impressed at all. At most times in my morning commute I wanted to turn this book off and go back to Am radio sports talk. I found this book very hard to get through and finished it just for the sake of it. I wanted to give him every chance to grab my attention. It never happened. Don't waste your time or money on this one.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Rick
  • Urcuquí, Ecuador
  • 09-24-12

More Great Sedaris

Despite listening to much of the Sedaris body of work, I realized I'd never heard the one that for many was their introduction to him. "Me Talk Pretty One Day" does not disappoint, offering both studio and live-audience readings as only he can deliver. The man who has been called "the world's most eloquent malcontent" (Amazon.com) and "Garrison Keillor's evil twin" (Publishers Weekly) offers a wide-ranging collection of observation and introspection--invariably hilarious, often poignant. Includes fascinating stories about learning to live in a village in Normandy, and much more.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Depressing

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Judging by other reviews, it seems a lot of people are really into this kind of "humor" and find it funny, but it just made me sad. It's dark humor about a kid more or less surviving his childhood as a ridiculed misfit. I didn't finish the book, it was too depressing, so maybe there's some redemption in the end that I don't know about. But it wasn't for me.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Bizarre and fun - LOVE it

I find myself laughing out loud in sort of a snort and chortle way... completely unexpected. This book takes you on a wild and wonderfully colorful journey through this bizarre author's life/mind/family. I absolutely LOVE this book and HIGHLY recommend it.

It was recommended to me a few years ago by my very intelligent and highly evolved daughter (she's single and gorgeous if anyone is interested!) My only regret (about this book, not about life in general) is that I waited so long to get it. I am seriously looking forward to reading the rest of his works. YOU'LL LOVE IT.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Gilbert, AZ, USA
  • 10-31-07

me love me talk pretty one day

Hoot this book she was. David is funny from the first line to the last making fun of conventions of acceptable speach. Fun listen.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gene
  • Holland, PA, USA
  • 06-16-06

Extremely light - LOL funny

This was a good and LIGHT read between Friedman's World is Flat and Roberts' History of the World. This was short and sweet, but lacked any sort of point. This is not a story, rather a collection of humorous events in the author's life (not sure how true the anecdotes are).

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Marit
  • Fargo, ND, USA
  • 05-22-06

A Wonderful Listen

His writing is hilarious, but to get the full effect of David Sedaris you must listen to him read his work!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kao
  • Maplewood, MN, USA
  • 05-18-06

He talked hilarious this day.

Honestly, this guy had a funny funny life. My favorites are the readings in front of a live crowd, you can tell the crowd is thinking the same thing. Please give me more live recordings!!!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Amusing, not hilarious

I didn't find this book as funny as many of your other reviewers; especially the section about his life as a heavy drug user.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful