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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

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Staff Pick

Sedaris diverges from his usual essays to give us a book of fables. Like all good fables and fairy tales, they're pretty gruesome and horrifying, and there's most always a moral to be found. These include a healthy dose of charm and wit, though. Ian Falconer provides the fabulous illustrations.
Recommended by Tom L., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty," a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk," a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.

Once again David Sedaris shows us the most outrageous, tender, absurd sides of ourselves in his profoundly funny, well-crafted stories that somehow, magically, bring home a major point about fidelity or guilt or love (Christian Science Monitor on When You Are Engulfed in Flames).

Review:

"The stories from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary are a combination of absurd anthropomorphic animal characters initially exhibiting somewhat natural a behavior but then rabbit-trailing (no pun intended) off into strange dialogues and monologues. This is the clever framework to support Sedaris' astute and uncanny interpersonal observations. His filter of the world is as hysterically bizarre as it is painfully spot-on. His distinctive turn of phrase is as sharp as ever." Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review

Synopsis:

David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's This American Life. He is the

Synopsis:

The author of Holidays on Ice and When You Are Engulfed in Flames provides an original collection of outrageously funny fables featuring animals with unmistakably human failings, including a kitty cat that struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings, squirrel and chipmunk lovers separated by prejudiced family members and much more. 750,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty," a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk," a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.

With original illustrations by Ian Falconer,

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About the Author

David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy, Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively though Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in France.

Table of Contents

The cat and the baboon — The migrating warblers — The squirrel and the chipmunk — The toad, the turtle, and the duck — The motherless bear — The mouse and the snake — The parenting storks — The faithful setter — The crow and the lamb — The sick rat and the healthy rat — The cow and the turkey — The vigilant rabbit — The judicious brown chicken — The parrot and the potbellied pig — Hello kitty — The grieving owl.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316131278
Subtitle:
A Modest Bestiary
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Co.
Illustrator:
Ian Falconer
Author:
Sedaris, David
Author:
David Sedaris
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Audiobooks -- Fiction.
Subject:
Audio Books-Humor
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
BEST-FICTION OR530EndCap
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100928
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
159

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Product details 159 pages Little, Brown and Company - English 9780316131278 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Sedaris diverges from his usual essays to give us a book of fables. Like all good fables and fairy tales, they're pretty gruesome and horrifying, and there's most always a moral to be found. These include a healthy dose of charm and wit, though. Ian Falconer provides the fabulous illustrations.

"Review" by , "The stories from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary are a combination of absurd anthropomorphic animal characters initially exhibiting somewhat natural a behavior but then rabbit-trailing (no pun intended) off into strange dialogues and monologues. This is the clever framework to support Sedaris' astute and uncanny interpersonal observations. His filter of the world is as hysterically bizarre as it is painfully spot-on. His distinctive turn of phrase is as sharp as ever."
"Synopsis" by , David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's This American Life. He is the
"Synopsis" by , The author of Holidays on Ice and When You Are Engulfed in Flames provides an original collection of outrageously funny fables featuring animals with unmistakably human failings, including a kitty cat that struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings, squirrel and chipmunk lovers separated by prejudiced family members and much more. 750,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty," a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk," a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.

With original illustrations by Ian Falconer,

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