Friday, October 2, 2009

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Publisher Comments: A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including "Me Talk Pretty One Day", about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. "You Can't Kill the Rooster" is a portrait of his brother who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors. And he's an NPR star. Sedaris's commentaries and observations are featured regularly on NPR, and he remains a top correspondent for Ira Glass's series "This American Life". Sedaris is an amazing reader whose appearances draw hundreds, and his performances — including a jaw-dropping impression of Billie Holiday singing "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weiner" — are unforgettable. Sedaris's essays on living in Paris are some of the funniest he's ever written. At last, someone even meaner than the French!
My Thoughts: I read Sedaris' "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" last year and enjoyed it. I listened to the author read this one on my iPod and it was wonderful, at times laugh out loud funny and at times heart breaking.You can not miss his attempts at conversation in French, YIKES! The book is divided into two parts. The first consists of essays about Sedaris’ life before his move to Normandy, France. The second section, "Deux" tells of Sedaris’ move to Normandy with his lover. I loved these short stories and essays.

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