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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This author's Greek Grandmother lived with his family when he was a child, and the poor thing had gas, especially it seemed, at the dinner table. Read morePublished 8 days ago by ealovitt
When You are Engulfed in Flames is one of a series of humor books by David Sedaris detailing events in his life, often in exaggerated form for comic effect. Read morePublished 27 days ago by John Martin
This is great! This seller is awesome. Shipped very quick too! Thanks!Published 1 month ago by Deanna Barnes
I guess I would like Sedaris to write an entire book about his brother, Paul. I wake people up at night with my laughing if I'm reading a Sedaris and come across a section on Paul.Published 1 month ago by E. Demmert
Loved it, like the other Sedaris books which came before. Maybe not as much laugh out loud stuff as some of the other books, but very well written and thoroughly enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by BKitty