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When You Are Engulfed in Flames Paperback – June 2, 2009
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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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- had a few laughs while reading... But enjoyed dress your family in corduroy far more.Published 1 day ago by Abby Teeters
I have to give David a gold star for his view of life. Hee hee! He has a way of finding joy in weirdness- like the baby sitter who turned him into a slave, a dominatingly bossy... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Florence Ditlow
Not sure why I never heard of David Sedaris before, but sure am glad I stumbled across him and this book! Read morePublished 16 days ago by READ ME
I was in a funk and needed a good laugh.David Sedaris's book was just the thing to lift my mood. It's a series of anecdotes held together by the theme of smoking. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kathleen
Love this writer - I buy these books to ship to my son who is incarcerated and he really likes Sedaris.Published 1 month ago by E Marie
As with most Sedaris books, there are some screamingly funny high points, and some flat spots. If you are a fan, you will enjoy it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CrimeGuy
Could not get through the first few chapters. A waste of money for me. Hope you like it better.Published 1 month ago by Sam