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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Whether he is best known as a playwright, a radio personality, an essayist, or satirist, David Sedaris in Naked is screamingly funny. In the autobiographical essays that comprise Naked, Sedaris reveals his childhood compulsions (nervous ticks, high pitched noises, counting stairs, touching burners), takes readers along on successful shoplifting raids with his quadriplegic companion (nobody stopped them), and describes a number of emotional and vocational misadventures that are disturbing, unfortunate, and utterly hilarious.

Sedaris's humor is at times cruel. It is also deeply charitable. His descriptions of his family are celebrations of their eccentricities, and his take-no-prisoners style places himself first among those against the wall. Anyone ready for his sharp, cathartic tour of wit will laugh out loud in every story. Sedaris appears regularly on National Public Radio as a comentator. He is also the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice and Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Publisher Comments:

In Naked, David Sedaris's message — alternately rendered in "Fakespeare," Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek — is the same: pay attention to me. Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in "A Plague of Tics" to the title story, in which he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means. This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.

Review:

"Hilariously entertaining....The essays in Naked re-create the cathartic, the spiritual experience of laughing so hard that it hurts." Francine Prose, New York Observer

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Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview — a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course) with a quadriplegic companion; a family gathers for a wedding in the face of imminent death. Through it all is Sedaris's unmistakable voice, without doubt one of the freshest in American writing.

Synopsis:

One of the most talked-about, most enjoyed bestsellers of the year, Naked offers a collection of hilarious, touching, genre-bending vignettes "guaranteed to make you blow milk out your nose" (Details).

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hsweeth.95, October 3, 2009 (view all comments by hsweeth.95)
What universe are you living in? I found nothing funny or entertaining about the excerpt on today's program.
Incest and other types of sexual abuse cost our society billions to rehabilitate their victims.

I enjoy listening to your program Saturdays. The content is usually entertaining, makes me laugh, or moves me deeply because it is very poignant.
Just wanted to speak for perhaps a few others out there who found the content in poor taste considering the headlines of the girls kidnapped by predators.
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Louis XIV, August 24, 2009 (view all comments by Louis XIV)
every story was interesting and funny. Great book!
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Jennifer Kulman, March 19, 2007 (view all comments by Jennifer Kulman)
David Sedaris is so fricking funny. He makes his entire childhood one big skit, but written in a way that seems so plausible. Hi-larious.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316777735
Author:
Sedaris, David
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Humorists
Subject:
Humorists, American
Subject:
Humorists, American - 20th century
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Dysfunctional families; Childhood memories; Gay men; Brothers and sisters; College students; Friendship; Hitchhiking
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Back Bay pbk. ed.
Series Volume:
no. (SMA) 98-3176
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.28x5.58x.79 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316777735 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hilariously entertaining....The essays in Naked re-create the cathartic, the spiritual experience of laughing so hard that it hurts."
"Synopsis" by , Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview — a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course) with a quadriplegic companion; a family gathers for a wedding in the face of imminent death. Through it all is Sedaris's unmistakable voice, without doubt one of the freshest in American writing.
"Synopsis" by , One of the most talked-about, most enjoyed bestsellers of the year, Naked offers a collection of hilarious, touching, genre-bending vignettes "guaranteed to make you blow milk out your nose" (Details).
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