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Staff Pick

Completely autobiographical and, as always, hilarious, Me Talk Pretty One Day is my favorite of all the David Sedaris collections. The first half of the book focuses on his childhood in North Carolina and his very unusual family; the second half details his move to Paris with his boyfriend Hugh. While in France, Sedaris prides himself on his refusal to learn any useful French — even though he has spent six summers plus two years in the country. He finally decides to devote himself to learning ten new words per day — and the words he chooses don't cease to surprise and amuse.
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"As far as I was concerned, the French could be cold or even openly hostile. They could burn my flag or pelt me with stones, but if there were taxidermied kittens to be had then I would go and bring them back to this, the greatest country on earth."

David Sedaris's new collection, Me Talk Pretty One Day, 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's career leads him to New York (the sky's-the-limit field of furniture moving) and eventually, of all places, France.

Sedaris's 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, savoring movies in translation ("It Is Necessary to Save the Soldier Ryan"), or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like none other.

Review:

"[T]he stronger chapters in this book tend to be the ones that mix satire with sentiment, brazenness with rumination. Those pieces reveal a writer who is capable not only of being funny, but touching, even tender, too." Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Review:

"Sedaris is Garrison Keillor's evil twin....'Reliable sources' have told Sedaris that he has 'tended to exhaust people,' and true to form, he will exhaust readers of this new book, too — with helpless laughter." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of Naked, presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback.

About the Author

David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's This American Life. He is the author of the books When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and Barrel Fever.

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Serena Bolden, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Serena Bolden)
One of my hands down favorite books. Too funny.
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kaufj, January 31, 2010 (view all comments by kaufj)
David Sedaris has outdone even himself in this hilarious and touching collection of short stories about his family, his friends, his travels, and his amazing, outrageous, brilliant, complicated self.
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stephanie, May 22, 2007 (view all comments by stephanie)
GENIUS. The funniest book I think I have ever read. At least in recent memory.
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ISBN:
9780316776967
Author:
Sedaris, David
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Author:
Sedaris, David
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
France
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Paris (france)
Subject:
Americans -- France -- Paris.
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Humor-Anthologies
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Edition Description:
Back Bay Pbk
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
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8.29x5.58x.75 in. .63 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316776967 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Completely autobiographical and, as always, hilarious, Me Talk Pretty One Day is my favorite of all the David Sedaris collections. The first half of the book focuses on his childhood in North Carolina and his very unusual family; the second half details his move to Paris with his boyfriend Hugh. While in France, Sedaris prides himself on his refusal to learn any useful French — even though he has spent six summers plus two years in the country. He finally decides to devote himself to learning ten new words per day — and the words he chooses don't cease to surprise and amuse.

"Review" by , "[T]he stronger chapters in this book tend to be the ones that mix satire with sentiment, brazenness with rumination. Those pieces reveal a writer who is capable not only of being funny, but touching, even tender, too."
"Review" by , "Sedaris is Garrison Keillor's evil twin....'Reliable sources' have told Sedaris that he has 'tended to exhaust people,' and true to form, he will exhaust readers of this new book, too — with helpless laughter."
"Synopsis" by , A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of Naked, presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback.
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