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Audie Award Winner, Humor and Short Stories/Collections, 2005
"In his latest collection, Sedaris has found his heart. This is not to suggest that the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and other best-selling books has lost his edge. The 27 essays here include his best and funniest writing yet....What emerges is the deepest kind of humor, the human comedy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sedaris is a careful writer, with a no-muss, no-fuss style that rarely misfires." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Sedaris' piquant essays are as meticulously honed and precisely timed as the best stand-up comic routines, which is, of course, what they are....Sedaris, openly gay, nervy as a tightrope walker, sharply hilarious, teasingly misanthropic yet genuinely compassionate, has a unique ability to supply exactly the right details to bring every funny, awkward, ludicrous, painful, horrible real-life moment into harrowingly crisp focus....He is mesmerizing." (Booklist)
"Sedaris has a satirical brazenness that holds up next to Mark Twain and Nathanael West." (The New Yorker)
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By Dina on 06-24-04
I blew through this book in several days because I was addicted to the belly laughs. In fact, I listened to this book while running, which provoked more than a few suspicious glances, as I would occasionally have to stop and grab my knees in spasms of laughter. My favorite parts are when Sedaris reads his material in front of a live audience; he plays up the timing and the voices. Also, the piece about his brother is unbelievable. You really have to hear it (not read it) to get the full effect. Wait for the bit about the "watery coffee," -- you'll see what I mean.
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By Steve on 06-02-04
Sedaris is the gay Mark Twain.
He finds what is funny and what is sad about life right now. He reads the book himself and his delivery doubles the experience as compared to the printed version.
He's got the strangest life and family and I recognize a little of my own life and feelings in his stories.
The best thing I can say about this book is that I laughed until I ruptured something.
If you haven't discovered David Sedaris yet, do yourself a favor and get this book and every other book of his you can get your hands on.
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