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Every glimpse we get of Sedaris's family and acquaintances delivers laughs and insights. He thwarts his North Carolina speech therapist ("for whom the word pen had two syllables") by cleverly avoiding all words with s sounds, which reveal the lisp she sought to correct. His midget guitar teacher, Mister Mancini, is unaware that Sedaris doesn't share his obsession with breasts, and sings "Light My Fire" all wrong--"as if he were a Webelo scout demanding a match." As a remarkably unqualified teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, Sedaris had his class watch soap operas and assign "guessays" on what would happen in the next day's episode.
It all adds up to the most distinctively skewed autobiography since Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia. The only possible reason not to read this book is if you'd rather hear the author's intrinsically funny speaking voice narrating his story. In that case, get Me Talk Pretty One Day on audio. --Tim Appelo
No lengthy review here. David Sedaris is a genius and this book brought a lot of happiness to my life. Laughed so much. Felt so much. He touches the outsider in all of us. So good.Published 1 day ago by B. Shaffer
My favorite so far =) When reading in my head I can hear his voice so it is like he's reading to me!Published 3 days ago by Julie
Truly hilarious sections in this book. Outrageous commentary and surprising turns of words and ideas. Read morePublished 5 days ago by seagypsy
One of my very favorite books of all times. I give copies to anyone I like who hasn't read it.Published 12 days ago by Lorca
One of the worst books I ever read! Dry and boring the author does nothing but talk about useless, everyday things.Published 14 days ago by J.P.
Funny look at a childhood that wasn't always a happy one. Mr. Sedaris give some very funny talks. And his books are insightful and thought provoking. I have many of them.Published 15 days ago by Garrett A. Phelps