Synopses & Reviews
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.
In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial 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.
Table of Contents
Chipped beef -- A plague of tics -- Get your ya-ya's out -- Next of kin -- Cyclops -- The women's open -- True detective -- Dix Hill -- I like guys -- The drama bug -- Dinah, the Christmas whore -- Planet of the apes -- The incomplete quad -- C.O.G. -- Something for everyone -- Ashes -- Naked.