Kari Strong, July 4, 2011 (view all comments by Kari Strong)
If you like David Sedaris books, ignore my 2 stars. I love This American Life, so figured I would love David Sedaris. I learned from this book, which I never actually finished, that I'm not a big David Sedaris fan. I like more meat, and less negativity in a book. Though some of his stories were rather funny, most just put me in a pissy mood. Guess I just don't get that kind of humor.
Gigi12273, February 24, 2009 (view all comments by Gigi12273)
David Sedaris does it again! I savor each page as if it was a fine wine. He continually has me laughing out loud causing my co-workers to wonder what is wrong with me.
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prairiecactus, January 13, 2009 (view all comments by prairiecactus)
When I read this book I was either smiling or laughing through every story. There were a few things that made me sit still and think before moving on...insights that made me say....."Ahhh, oh yeah, been there".
He is funny and absurd and I want him and sister Amy to move into my neighborhood!
If you want to laugh out loud read this book.
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Bookwomyn, August 31, 2008 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
Sedairis does it again ... amusing how he can find humor in the most mundane things. Especially endearing to me was his less-than-successful attempt to learn Japanese as a stop-smoking strategy. He's perhaps the only person to have done so! I also loved his description of the Japanese electric toilet and the apartment's neighborhood. Can't wait for the next one ...
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vanillachicken, August 21, 2008 (view all comments by vanillachicken)
An eye-catching and thought-provoking title, if I ever saw one! Unless you have read this author before, one would probably think it was a morbid history of a smoker's life and death.
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Little Brown and Company -
Always a delight, never a disappointment, David Sedaris has come out with his finest offering yet. He has a deft touch, moving between sarcasm and sadness or, in this collection, between redneck babysitters and quitting smoking.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Sedaris, king of the poignantly absurd, triumphs in this sixth essay collection (after 2004's Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim). There is less focus here on the Sedaris clan as a whole, though the various members make memorable and often hilarious appearances. In "The Understudy," the Sedaris siblings band together to battle the odious babysitter Mrs. Peacock, while in "Town and Country," Sedaris and sister Amy discuss what their father would be most offended to find on his daughter's coffee-table (hint: The Joy of Sex comes in a distant second). Leaving America behind, Sedaris also regales readers with his experiences around the globe, from sitting in a Parisian doctor's office wearing only his underwear in "In the Waiting Room" to warding off birds in the French countryside with record albums in "Aerial." In the collection's longest essay, "The Smoking Section," Sedaris recounts his three-month stay in Tokyo, where he successfully quits smoking and unsuccessfully attempts to learn Japanese. Sedaris records in "Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie?" his more glaring mistakes in life, but he should be satisfied with the knowledge that this latest endeavor is anything but." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review),
"Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life....Just when Sedaris seems to have disappeared down the rabbit hole of ironic introspection, he delivers a cracking blow of insight that leaves you reeling."
"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."
In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, his sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing.
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 once more. 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 (and never before published) account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection will be avidly anticipated.
"David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book.
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