The best of me

David Sedaris

Book - 2020

"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."--Amazon.com

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Subjects
Genres
Essays
Personal narratives
Anecdotes
Humor
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
ix, 388 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780316628242
0316628247
1408713896
9781408713891
Main Author
David Sedaris (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Sedaris's brilliant knack for observational humor is on full display in this terrific retrospective essay collection (after Calypso). Culled from his previously published volumes and magazine pieces, this work focuses on the dynamics among the six Sedaris siblings and their parents ("I might reinvent myself to strangers, but to this day, as far as my family is concerned, I'm still the one most likely to set your house on fire," he admits). Whether searching for the perfect Paris apartment with his partner, Hugh, recalling long-ago family vacations, or describing his sister Amy's freaky encounter with a psychic, Sedaris finds ample fodder for his keen satiric sense in his life and the lives of those around him. Sedaris can take even the most serious subject—such as his sister Tiffany's suicide—and evoke both empathy and laughter. He can also be just plain hilarious, as in "Jesus Shaves," about a discussion of cultural differences using the limited vocabulary available to students in a beginner French class ("The rabbit of Easter. He bring of the chocolate"). This is the perfect introduction for the uninitiated, while Sedaris's fans will enjoy rediscovering old favorites. Agent: Cristina Concepcion, Don Congdon Assoc. (Nov.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The American humorist, author and radio contributor presents 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. Read by the author. Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Genius… It is miraculous to read these pieces… You must read The Best of Me.” —Andrew Sean Greer, New York Times Book ReviewA New York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceA CNN and Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the MonthFor 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. But if all you expect to find in Sedaris’s work is the deft and sharply observed comedy for which he became renowned, you may be surprised to discover that his words bring more warmth than mockery, more fellow-feeling than derision. Nowhere is this clearer than in his writing about his loved ones. In these pages, Sedaris explores falling in love and staying together, recognizing his own aging not in the mirror but in the faces of his siblings, losing one parent and coming to terms—at long last—with the other. Taken together, the stories in TheBest of Me reveal the wonder and delight Sedaris takes in the surprises life brings him. No experience, he sees, is quite as he expected—it’s often harder, more fraught, and certainly weirder—but sometimes it is also much richer and more wonderful. Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called “the funniest man alive” (Time Out New York), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing—quite often at himself—and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

'Genius' It is miraculous to read these pieces' You must read The Best of Me.' 'Andrew Sean Greer, New York Times Book ReviewA New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceA CNN and Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the MonthFor 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. But if all you expect to find in Sedaris's work is the deft and sharply observed comedy for which he became renowned, you may be surprised to discover that his words bring more warmth than mockery, more fellow-feeling than derision. Nowhere is this clearer than in his writing about his loved ones. In these pages, Sedaris explores falling in love and staying together, recognizing his own aging not in the mirror but in the faces of his siblings, losing one parent and coming to terms'at long last'with the other. Taken together, the stories in TheBest of Me reveal the wonder and delight Sedaris takes in the surprises life brings him. No experience, he sees, is quite as he expected'it's often harder, more fraught, and certainly weirder'but sometimes it is also much richer and more wonderful. Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called 'the funniest man alive' (Time Out New York), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing'quite often at himself'and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.