by David Sedaris
This was just what I was looking for. The book cracked me up on page 3 and I was laughing intermittently through the whole thing. Why have I never read any Sedaris before? His descriptions of everyday incidents and inner musings on them are simply hilarious. Yes, sometimes they made me cringe, and after reading his description of cadavers I am not at all sure I want to dive into Mary Roach\’s Stiff (been on my list for ages) but I certainly got my giggles again. This book doesn\’t have a plot, it\’s just a collection of little snippets from his life. Sometimes the segues surprised me, but they always wrap around again at the end of each chapter in a satisfying way. He goes into things like emnities with neighbors, awkward seating situations on airline flights, feeding a spider on his windowsill, buying a skeleton for his boyfriend, watching nature documentaries, the reactions people have when they learn he\’s gay, visiting Japan, taking language classes, attempts to quit smoking and so much more.
I don\’t really know what to say other than: do you need something amusing? Read Sedaris. And: I\’m going to pick up another book by this author whenever I see it.
Rating: 3/5 310 pages, 2008