Synopses & Reviews
In David Sedaris' world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris' collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves.
David Sedaris made his debut on NPR's Morning Edition with SantaLand Diaries, recounting his strange-but-true experiences as an elf at Macy's, and soon became one of the show's most popular commentators. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen.
With a skewed sense of wit uniquely his own, satirist and popular NPR storyteller David Sedaris presents a collection of short stories and essays, wherein home surgery and an elf-abusing Santa prevail.
Table of Contents
Contents: Stories -- Parade / (p.3) -- Music for lovers / (p.12) -- The last you'll hear from me / (p.18) -- My manuscript / (p.22) -- Firestone / (p.31) -- We get along / (p.38) -- Glen's homophobia newsletter Vol.3, No.2 / (p.58) -- Don's story / (p.67) -- Season's greetings to our friends and family!!! / (p.77) -- Jamboree / (p.95) -- After malison / (p.112) -- Barrel fever / (p.126) -- Essays -- Diary of a smoker / (p.151) -- Giantess / (p.155) -- The curly kind / (p.161) -- SantaLand diaries / (p.167)