If you have not yet had the pleasure of listening to or reading David Sedaris, you are truly missing out.
A book or audio of short humorous stories of David’s explorations as he travels around the world. Absurd and laugh out loud worthy, this book is sure to keep you picking it up time and again.
A couple of weeks ago I was in a car coming home from a conference in the cities. I was in the back seat listening to our Library Director and our Out reach librarian chat away in the front seat. Their conversation was going like this:
Oh my gosh did you get to the chapter yet about his sister in the chlorine water?
Yes, I loved that…. I am at the point now where his dad is hounding him about a colonoscopy.
Oh yeah! I laughed so hard at that. He really is good.
I popped my head up to the front seat and asked one of my favorite questions, “What are you reading?” They both responded that they were reading David Sedaris’s new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls. I admitted I had never read him and they assured me I was missing out. “I bet he would be wonderful on audio” Jolene said. And so I downloaded this book on audio the very next day.
While never a fan of short stories, this book is filled with delightful true stories of David’s life. From childhood memories to present life I found David for the most part to be laugh our loud funny.
“Drawing attention to Gretchen’s weight was the sort of behavior my mother referred to as ‘stirring the turd,’ and I did it a lot that summer.”
“Neighbors would pass, and when they honked I’d remember that I was in my Speedo. Then I’d wrap my towel like a skirt around my waist and remind my sisters that this was not girlish but Egyptian, thank you very much.”
“If there’d been anything decent in the house, anything approaching real ice cream, it would have been eaten long ago. I knew this, so I bypassed the freezer in the kitchen and the secondary freezer in the tool shed and went to the neglected, tundralike one in the basement. Behind the chickens bought years earlier on sale, and the roasts encased like chestnuts in blood-tinted frost, I found a tub of ice milk, vanilla-flavored, and the color of pus. It had been frozen for so long that even I, a child, was made to feel old by the price tag. “Thirty-five cents! You can’t get naught for that nowadays!”
No subject is safe around David he touches on politics, crying babies, doctor visits, his fathers lack of love, you name it, he has discussed it. There is a section (fiction) where he tells stories from other persons views that comes off a little disgruntled and was my least enjoyable part of the book. However, I mostly found myself listening in wonder of this mans quick wit, and finished the audio while mowing my lawn and laughing out loud, surely the neighbors must think I have lost my mind, all the while contemplating what next to listen to of his.
From other Sedaris fans I have heard this is not his best writing, but for me, a newcomer, it was rather good and enough to make me want to know more about this funny witty man.