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 Cant 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. Sedaris is an amazing reader whose appearances draw hundreds, and his performancesincluding a jaw-dropping impression of Billie Holiday singing I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weinerare unforgettable. Sedariss essays on living in Paris are some of the funniest hes ever written. At last, someone even meaner than the French! The sort of blithely sophisticated, loopy humour that might have resulted if Dorothy Parker and James Thurber had had a love child. Entertainment Weekly on Barrel Fever Sidesplitting Not one of the essays in this new collection failed to crack me up; frequently I was helpless. The New York Times Book Review on Naked
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
David Sedaris is a guaranteed good time—if your definition of a good time is a tad misanthropic—but the audiobook of Me Talk Pretty One Day is a pure delight. The loose theme of this collection is Sedaris' move to France with his longtime partner, Hugh; the audiobook features musical interludes that sound like they were recorded in a smoky Parisian jazz club. (At one point, Sedaris even trots out a Billie Holiday impersonation!) Partially recorded in front of an appreciative but never intrusive audience, the audiobook comes across like a live performance in a small theater.
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Not "Kids and Young Adults"!
This is a great book, but for heaven's sake its not a "kids" book. Any book that includes graphic comedic descriptions of a violent sexual fetish is not appropriate for children. ITunes really needs to recategorize this.
Great book, wrong classification!
This is an amazing book -- hysterically funny. But I'm really surprised iTunes is labeling this for the Kids & Young Adult genre. It is most certainly not. Someone judged the book by it's cover.
Amazing writer, I love his voice
David Sedaris is such a funny person, and he can always make a story funnier with his great story telling voice. I already read this book, but I'm going to buy this anyways, because of the way he tells it, with his highly sarcastic and ironc voice. Totally check out his other books, like my favorite: When You Are Engulfed In Flames.