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The best of me / David Sedaris.

Sedaris, David, (author.). Sedaris, David. Glen's homophobia newsletter vol. 3, no. 2. (Added Author). Sedaris, David. Front row center with Thaddeus Bristol. (Added Author). Sedaris, David. Christmas means giving. (Added Author). Sedaris, David. Incomplete quad. (Added Author). Sedaris, David. Girl crazy. (Added Author). Sedaris, David. Card wired. (Added Author). Sedaris, David. How to spend the budget surplus. (Added Author). Sedaris, David. You can't kill the rooster. (Added Author). Sedaris, David. Me talk pretty one day. (Added Author). Sedaris, David. Jesus shaves. (Added Author).

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  • 0 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

2 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 818.54 SED (Text) 33500013324140 New Checked out 02/04/2021
Detroit Lakes Public Library 818.54 SED (Text) 33500013324157 New Checked out 02/04/2021
Greenbush Public Library 818.54 SED (Text) 35500006332595 New In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316628242
  • ISBN: 0316628247
  • ISBN: 1408713896
  • ISBN: 9781408713891
  • Physical Description: ix, 388 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Glen's homophobia newsletter vol. 3, no. 2 -- Front row center with Thaddeus Bristol -- Christmas means giving -- The incomplete quad -- Girl crazy -- Card wired -- How to spend the budget surplus -- You can't kill the rooster -- Me talk pretty one day -- Jesus shaves -- Dog days -- Us and them -- Let it snow -- The ship shape -- The girl next door -- Repeat after me -- Six to eight black men -- Possession -- Nuit of the living dead -- Solution to Saturday's puzzle -- The understudy -- Town and country -- In the waiting room -- Undecided -- The cat and the baboon -- The motherless bear -- The faithful setter -- Dentists without borders -- Memory laps -- Think differenter -- Loggerheads -- If I ruled the world -- Easy, Tiger -- Laugh, Kookaburra -- Just a quick e-mail -- A guy walks into a bar car -- Standing by -- Understanding understanding owls -- Now we are five -- A house divided -- The perfect fit -- Leviathan -- A modest proposal -- Wy aren't you laughing? -- The spirit world -- Unbuttoned.
Summary, etc.:
"For more than twenty-five years, David Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. A Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside. It opens our eyes to what is at absurd and moving about our daily existence. And it is almost impossible to read without laughing. Now, for the first time collected in one volume, the author brings us his funniest and most memorable work. In these stories, Sedaris shops for rare taxidermy, hitchhikes with a lady quadriplegic, and spits a lozenge into a fellow traveler's lap. He drowns a mouse in a bucket, struggles to say "give it to me" in five languages, and hand-feeds a carnivorous bird."
The American humorist, author, and radio contributor shares his most memorable work in a collection of stories and essays that feature him shopping for rare taxidermy, hitchhiking with a quadriplegic, and hand-feeding a carnivorous bird.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 October #2
    In his introduction to the first best-of compilation of his work, Sedaris writes that it's impossible to know if he'd like his own writing if he were someone else; he would like, though, that so much of it has to do with family. Of the nearly 50 career-spanning stories and essays gathered here, previously published in Barrel Fever (1994), Calypso (2018), one of Sedaris' seven intervening books, or the New Yorker, later pieces especially bring family into poignant focus. Sedaris vacations with his siblings, ruminates on his mother's alcoholism, copes with his estranged younger sister's death, and visits his severely diminished father at the end of his life. Sedaris' distinctive voice is one of the delights of his work, and he embodies his childhood self and others—a theater critic eviscerating an elementary-school play; an Irish Setter who finally understands the pressures of monogamy—with ease. Readable is one thing Sedaris' work very enjoyably is; re-readable is another. Longtime fans are used to reading Sedaris in pieces, but the encompassing effect of his writing—sardonic, piercing, humorous, and humane—grows exponentially here. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

David Sedaris is the author of Calypso, Theft by Finding, Let&;s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Subject: Sedaris, David.
American wit and humor.
Genre: Essays.
Personal narratives.

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