he is best known as a playwright, a radio personality, an essayist, or
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
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.
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.
"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
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).
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.