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Naked [Kindle Edition]

David Sedaris
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (567 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In Naked, David Sedaris's message alternately rendered in Fakespeare, Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek is the same: pay attention to me.
Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in A Plague of Tics to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means.
This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Hip radio comedy fans and theater folks who belong to the cult of Obie-winning playwright/performer David Sedaris must kill to get this book. These would be fans of the scaldingly snide Sedaris's hilariously described personal misadventures like The Santaland Diaries (a monologue about his work as an elf to a department store Santa) seen off-Broadway in 1997. In a series of similarly textured essays, Sedaris takes us along on his catastrophic detours through a nudist colony, a fruit-packing plant, his own childhood, and a dozen more of the world's little purgatories.

From Library Journal

This collection of biographical stories from playwright and National Public Radio commentator Sedaris are at times heartwarming, poignant, sad, and laugh-out-loud funny. They cover Sedaris's dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the realization that he is gay, his father's overprotective tendencies, his mother's and sister's love for detective shows, how he comes to believe he is like Richard Kimball's Fugitive, and how he and his siblings cope with the realization that their mother is dying of cancer. Read by Sedaris with assistance from his sister Amy, this humorous look at life will make listeners feel as if they are in the closet with David, trying to trap the person who stole money from his father or on the mountaintop where one of his sisters gets married. A wonderful addition to popular collections.?Danna C. Bell-Russel, American Univ. Natl. Equal Justice Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; 1st edition (May 4, 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026IUOH8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest memoir I've ever read! July 15, 2000
Format:Hardcover
This book is classified as a memoir, and it's the funniest one I've read to date. Growing up Greek in North Carolina couldn't have been easy, but adding to the mix a crazy grandmother and a sibling with a penchant for using towels as toilet paper makes it that much harder (and funnier, to us).
David was struck with enthusiastic OCD as a child, only to find ways to "cure" his tics in college. His stories of life after schooling include apple-picking and packing, working with jade (not to mention a crazy, hypocritical Christian), and refinishing woodwork with a Jew-hating Lithuanian and a somewhat confused black guy. He hitchhikes with all levels of human decapitation until a rowdy truck driver combs thicket by the roadside looking for him.
Not all of the fifteen stories are side-splitting funny. "I Like Guys" highlights accepting his homosexual feelings, and an undercurrent of seriousness lines the story. "Ashes" tells of his mother's cancer, and a sense of tragedy seems to sober his usually razor-sharp satirical style.
The last (and title) story, "Naked", tells of his experience with a nudist colony. It's written in more a journal form (the others are written in a 'flashback' form) and by the end, you feel strange in your own clothing.
I definitely plan on recommending this book to my friends. I don't see how you could live your life without picking up a Sedaris book.
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny March 20, 2000
Format:Paperback
NAKED is--by far--the funniest book I have ever read. Several people suggested that I read it, and I ignored them for a long time: I had a lot of other books I wanted to get to first. I finally read it this weekend. The next thing I knew, I was ordering HOLIDAYS ON ICE and BARREL FEVER.
NAKED is a collection of true stories from David Sedaris's life. I only wish my life was half as funny.
"Chipped Beef," "Get Your Ya-Ya's Out" and "I Like Guys" are highlights of this collection, but the funniest story is "A Plague of Tics." In it, Sedaris discusses his strange behaviors as a child: licking lightswitches, hitting himself with his shoe. I laughed so hard reading this story that my roommate told me I was going to have to shut up.
Give NAKED a shot. If you like it, pick up BARREL FEVER. It isn't as funny, but it's close.
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110 of 120 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Big Laugh Out Loud! April 28, 2000
Format:Paperback
I would love to give this books five stars but I can't. There were three stories ("Chipped Beef," "Dinah, the Christmas Whore," and "The Drama Bug") that just didn't grab me, so I can't in good conscience give "Naked" a perfect rating. But it's a very strong 4....like a 4.7.
David Sedaris is one of the funniest authors I've ever read. His storytelling is superb and absolutely hilarious! This is a must-read for anyone out there who wants to temporarily escape their own dull lives and live vicariously through someone else. Underneath Sedaris's humorous adventures lies a sadness and fear, but that's what makes the stories so beautiful and genuine. Living with OCD, his mother's death, and realizing and accepting his homosexuality are amongst life's trying situations, to say the least. But Sedaris recounts those experiences with tenderness and dignity. I dreaded getting to the last page, and when I closed the book and put it back on the shelf it felt like I was losing a new friend. So...the solution to that was simple....I just pre-ordered his next book.
NOTE: If you loved "Naked" you'll love "Barrell Fever."
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll giggle, then roar, usually in public places... August 19, 2000
Format:Paperback
The days when David Sedaris was on Morning Edition on NPR (National Public Radio), I was always late for work. His commentaries on being a single gay man working odd-jobs or cleaning apartments in New York City were some of the fall-down funniest things I've ever heard. In print, he is no less skillful at making me weep with laughter. Sedaris, in a raw, honest manner, describes the events of his childhood and young adulthood - as perceived by his incredibly humorous and rich imagination. This collection of essays cover everything from his mother's sharp, accurate portrayal of his tics, his job as a mental health institution assistant, his sister's wedding/his mother's death, to dealing with (while in high school) being gay, and many of the funny little stories that make up being a member of a family, any family. His wit is dry, sharp, poignant, and philosophical all the same time. And after listening to his voice on those cold mornings on the radio, I can "hear" him tell these tales. What a riot! I have read some of the other reviewers who gave this book a one and all I can say is that I pity the person who does not have a sense of humor because they miss out on the absolute joy of reading anything by Sedaris - or even better, listening to him. wow.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
My boss gave me David Sedaris' book, "Naked," as a christmas present. In hindsight, I wonder what he was trying to tell me? Because David is one sick puppy! He's sick in a "good" way, though. The things Sedaris writes about are the kinds of things we all feel yet are often afraid to express less the "PC Gestapo" nab us, or people think we are truly demented. We can all live vicariously through Sedaris. The variety of the essays is outstanding. From joy, to self-loathing, to frivolous, to scary, to downright touching...each chapter has something different in store for the reader. The common thread is the self-effacing humor. I found myself alone, laughing out loud as grandmother Ya-Ya embarassed David and his siblings by crawling up the aisle during mass at his Greek Orthodox church. When David's father traumatizes him forever when it comes to using power tools in "Cyclops," I made my girlfriend read the chapter before continuing o! n. I wanted everyone around me to enjoy the book as much as I did. Sedaris is honest - brutally honest - about his dysfunctional family, but that's what makes the humor and the essays all the more appealing; we can all relate to them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not funny
I have tried and tried to like David Sedaris. I really have. This was rated as his funniest book so I thought I would try it again. I am sorry I just do not find him funny.
Published 16 days ago by Beverly Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed out loud
I have never laughed out loud when reading a book before this one. Sure, a huff or two, maybe a chuckle before, but I was seriously laughing out loud when reading sections of this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ChipRooney
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his best
Some of this is great, some of it is okay, but it's usually hilarious, which is what I expect when I read Dave Sedaris. Probably deserves 4 stars but Amazon won't let me change it
Published 1 month ago by Aaron M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked by David Sedaris daughter loves
The book, Naked by David Sedaris my daughter loves and I bought this for her for one of her Christmas gifts. It was shipped quickly and carefully.
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Mueller
1.0 out of 5 stars don't read this book
I accidentally rated this one star I wanted to rate it zero. One of the worst books I have ever read.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Witty but Lacking Purpose
To be fair, Sedaris is a brilliant writer; Naked engaged me to the end. But I did find myself scoffing about half the time at all the outrageous and highly improbable events. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amrit Chima
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair
The book was entertaining in some ways, but it failed to draw me in or even hold my attention for long.
Published 2 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
Great turn of phrase. Stories range from poignant, funny to almost tragic. Still, wonderfully entertaining and engaging because Sedaris draws you into his family and his own part... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda B.
5.0 out of 5 stars SEDARIS IS THE MAN
I can't even begin to explain why this book is so funny. Hilarious, pompous, and always witty, but sometimes gross.
Published 2 months ago by HelenLaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A Walk on the Wild Side
I read this book in two or three sittings. I had over half of the book left to read and planned on reading it slowly but I became hooked and polished the rest off in one night as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donna Hill
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With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America 's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.David Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, each of which became immediate bestsellers. There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. He is the editor of an anthology of stories, , Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His essays appear regularly in Esquire and The New Yorker. Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name "The Talent Family" and have written several plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center , and The Drama Department in New York City . These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler's Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatist's Play Service. His recent collection of essays, titled When You Are Engulfed in Flames, was published in June 2008.David Sedaris's original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ. In 2001, David Sedaris became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was named by Time magazine as "Humorist of the Year" in 2001. David Sedaris was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album ("Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim") and Best Comedy Album ("David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall"). In 2008 the audio version of When You Are Engulfed in Flames was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Spoken Word category.

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