Essays to feaure: * David Sedaris's brief and painful encounter with the most popular guy in junior high school. * 'The Rooster' in a tux and other unsavory animal tales from David's brother's wedding. * David Sedaris on the differences between love in movies and love in real life. * David Sedaris on his brutally frank neighbor, a 75-year-old ...
Essays to feaure: * David Sedaris's brief and painful encounter with the most popular guy in junior high school. * 'The Rooster' in a tux and other unsavory animal tales from David's brother's wedding. * David Sedaris on the differences between love in movies and love in real life. * David Sedaris on his brutally frank neighbor, a 75-year-old woman named Rocky who is given to outbursts like, 'I'll kick you up the ass so hard I'll lose my shoe!' No one renders the pathos, chaos, and impossible variety of daily encounters like David Sedaris. On every subject, he is bruisingly painful and tenderly affectionate. Sedaris is a unique voice in American writing, and this new collection will be eagerly anticipated by his ever-growing crowd of devoted readers.
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This book surprised my wife .She has never heard me laugh out loud EVER ,while reading.I shall read more of Mr. Seadris' work in the future.I suggest if you have not read any of his work,do so A.S.A.P. VERY FUNNY STUFF!!!
Publishers Weekly, 2004-05-24 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 bestselling books has lost his edge. The 27 essays here (many previously published in Esquire, G.Q. or the New Yorker, or broadcast on NPR's This American Life) include his best and funniest writing yet. Here is Sedaris's family in all its odd glory. Here is his father dragging his mortified son over to the home of one of the most popular boys in school, a boy possessed of "an uncanny ability to please people," demanding that the boy's parents pay for the root canal that Sedaris underwent after the boy hit him in the mouth with a rock. Here is his oldest sister, Lisa, imploring him to keep her beloved Amazon parrot out of a proposed movie based on his writing. (" `Will I have to be fat in the movie?' she asked.") Here is his mother, his muse, locking the kids out of the house after one snow day too many, playing the wry, brilliant commentator on his life until her untimely death from cancer. His mother emerges as one of the most poignant and original female characters in contemporary literature. She balances bitter and sweet, tart and rich-and so does Sedaris, because this is what life is like. "You should look at yourself," his mother says in one piece, as young Sedaris crams Halloween candy into his mouth rather than share it. He does what she says and then some, and what emerges is the deepest kind of humor, the human comedy. Author tour. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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