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Publisher's Summary

David Sedaris' new collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes ("There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch") and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist ("The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever") to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris' career leads him to New York City and eventually, of all places, France. His move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter.
©2000 David Sedaris, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000, 2001 Time Warner AudioBooks
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"At his best, he makes you laugh out loud, which indeed may be worth the price of admission." (The New York Times)
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By Tanya Tear on 10-22-13

I wept

I am a huge recent fan of David Sedaris, and this book didn't disappoint. My whole family was listening to it on a long drive. At one point I thought my husband was going to run off the road he was laughing so hard. I was weeping with laughter, so couldn't even take over the driving. David Sedaris has the best delivery, and the best self-deprecating humour that comes through even when the subject matter is less hilarious than piquant. We'll listen to it more than once.

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By Hammy on 07-25-10

No laughs here

Not funny. The author details the adversity he faced growing up as a young homosexual. Not a comedy at all. Very sad at times. Was not expecting an autobiography.

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By Tracey on 01-06-10

Absolutely hilarious

I'd never encountered David Sedaris before this audiobook, and was advised this was a great starting point. And I am so glad I listened to it. David's stories are touching, informative and above all ridiculously funny. His attempts at speaking French had me laughing out loud, while his revealing tale about tourists judging him on the Paris Metro made me want to reach into the headphones and punch the offending ignorami. He is extremely likable, and once you listen to one story don't make any plans for the next few hours, as you won't want to leave him unattended.

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By Pamela Mantrippe on 06-29-15

This guy is an original

Very entertaining stories and anecdotes . I am working my way through all his audiobooks, they are all good. Try one and see what you think !!

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By Kylie on 07-24-16

Whack whack whack

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and David's reading of it. Makes you smile and laugh. An honest and entertaining account. I'm just glad I'm not related for fear of what might be written about me. As an Australian I was bemused that a Kookaburra and masturbating sound the same. Whack, whack, whack!!!

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By Steven Green on 02-05-15

David Sedaris is wonderful...

Not just his writing but his speaking and narration is a thrill. He has a way with his mannerisms as well as his comic timing that makes his narration of his book even better. This is my first audio book and what a great choice of book it was... I hope everyone that choses this enjoys it as much as I did.

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