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When You Are Engulfed in Flames Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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If you're not familiar with him, Sedaris is the Dave Barry of the National Public Radio set. I've been a Sedaris fan for a long time through NPR's "This American Life." This book is like a collection of the best of those quirky radio essays. (I also have the audio CD set, a 9-hour, 8-disc marathon that plays like an NPR fundraising marathon without those annoying pleas for cash.)
The stories are filled with memorable characters. Irritated Becky, who sits next to Sedaris on a plane flight and inspires incorrect answers in Solution to Saturday's Puzzle. Gravel-voiced Helen, who lives next door to Sedaris and is the unlikely heroine of That's Amore. Sedaris' sister Amy, the owner of a magazine called New Animal Orgy in Town and Country. Woven throughout the essays is the fast-walking Hugh, Sedaris boyfriend, who demonstrates true love by lancing a boil in Old Faithful.
Not all the essays are mass appeal (my husband, who is not a big NPR listener, hated the first one but loved the third) but I think there's plenty of good stuff in here to please just about any thoughtful adult reader. There is plenty of sex and language, however, so it's not for your pre-teen or Aunt Betsy. But for most anyone else who wants a good laugh, it's a must-read.
Fans of Augusten Burroughs will enjoy Sedaris and also recognize him as a much more believable writer of the memoir. Unlike previous collections which each focus on one part of his life, "When You Are Engulfed in Flames," covers the range of Sedaris' anecdotal life: from childhood and life at home with his mom and sisters, to his adult life, including when he first moved to Paris and dropped out of French classes and ran around telling everyone "D'accord" because of his limited vocabulary. Because this book covers such a wide Sedaris life range, it feels almost like a "best of" kind of collection.Read more ›
Buy this book and enjoy the sharp hilarity of our dreary lives...and if you like it, you might want to try Marc Acito's new novel. He's another one of our wittiest writers.
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I received this book as a Christmas gift.
Obviously, the person who gave me this book loves me more than any other person I've ever met in my whole life. Read more
There were some boring parts and it wasn't quite enthralling, but it had some pretty hilarious moments that made it worth reading.Published 11 days ago by alicia lewis
Need a laugh? Read this book! This is my second David Sedaris book, and I am officially hooked. I plan on reading more, too. Raw, real and very human - hilariously honest. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Molly
Seemed fine but just not a big fan of his writing style. Needed slightly more direction for my liking. It was fine.Published 22 days ago by Isaiah Perez
As long as you don't expect a plot, because there is none. Still, it was fun to read. My first Sedaris book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joniz
You simply can not go wrong with a David Sedaris book. I'm a huge fan!Published 3 months ago by T. Velez