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review 2018-12-21 00:50
Sass with a side of sober contemplation
Calypso - David Sedaris

Quick note from me: Eagle-eyed readers of the blog will notice that I said I would be covering The Bear and the Nightingale today but actually I'm going to be reviewing Calypso by David Sedaris. I was working off of my memory instead of my notes and that's how that little boo-boo occurred. At any rate, today's book is a real treat! Calypso is an example of dark humor at its best. It's organized into short stories that cover the complete gamut of familial drama coupled with the woes of middle age. Sedaris divides his time between his home in England and a beach-side getaway he purchased for his family to use in Emerald Isle (among other properties briefly mentioned). I loved the parts where he talked about his relationship with his partner Hugh (who I fell in love with immediately) and his fears that he'll poop in his pants and Hugh will leave him for someone else. It also turns out that he's obsessive about tracking his steps and cleaning up every single piece of litter in the English countryside. He's a quirky guy and I strongly identified with him. He also touches on the tragic death of his sister Tiffany and the contentious relationship he has with his father who is in his nineties and stubbornly refusing to accept help at home. It's sharp, witty, shocking, tender, and hilarious. I laughed out loud at quite a few of the anecdotal stories (wait til you read about their visit to Japan). This would make a great gift especially for friends or family who do a lot of travel as this would be excellent to read on a trip. 10/10

 

I also urge you to read this article from Variety which talks not only about the beach-side getaway that Sedaris talks about in Calypso but also about Sedaris in general. It's hilarious! (Read the footnotes.)

 

What's Up Next: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-12-10 03:59
Not merry nor funny...
Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris 

 

I was looking for something to listen during the Holidays and this was recommended to me. I tried, I really did but half way in and more than merry this was compendium of bitterness and bad jokes. I know it supposed to be "dark" humor, and believe me, I can appreciate dark humor but this one never hit the mark. Definitely not for me

 

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review 2018-08-09 05:29
Theft by Finding
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) - David Sedaris

I am pretty sure I've read all or most of Sedaris' books, and I can't say he has ever left me disappointed. His stories are hilarious and heartbreaking, sometimes at the same time, and tend to linger in my memory. After reading this book and noting his fondness for IHOP, I couldn't help but wonder what he would have had to say about their name change controversy. Still not sure if that was a joke or not, but either way, not a good marketing strategy. But I digress, as Sedaris often does, but much more deftly than me. Of course, this book felt more personal than the others, since it was Sedaris' diary, but it is a diary unlike any I've read, full of bits of conversation and observations that are similar in tone to his essays. Sedaris is an original, his biting humor and keen scrutiny bring life into perfect focus.

 

My husband gets Money magazine, which I rarely touch, but the other day I noticed the page was turned, and there was Sedaris, talking about his new book, Calypso, and how he manages his wealth. And all I have to say about that is, go on and buy culottes and overpriced shirts for everyone, David, as long as you keep on writing. Trust me, we are grateful. 

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review 2018-06-23 15:30
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim ★★★☆☆
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris

Another fun collection of essays by Sedaris. I think my favorite, and most relatable, was the story of his mother locking the kids out of the house after days of being shut up together by snowstorms had driven her a little crazy. The author certainly doesn’t spare himself in examining the failings of human nature, but read in his own deadpan voice is somehow funny even when people are behaving very badly.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. As always, the reading by Sedaris is terrific.

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review 2018-05-21 01:04
ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by DAVID SEDARIS
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris

Audiobook

Most of this book was really good, kind of sad sometimes. However, the story about his drug addiction and how he became an alternative artist wasn't very funny or sad or really interesting and it went on too long. But other than that, enjoyed the book a lot.

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