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- ""David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring""
- "I really enjoyed how this book flowed as though I was reading someone's thoughts. Sedaris is a great thinker in the sense that he picks up on a lot I imagine most people would heed no attention to, and then find some humor in it. The book is not a barrage of laugh out loud moments, but it is a good cache of smiles and Silent chuckles. The only problem I had with it was that a lot of the book is about his life as a gay man. I don't care if anyone is gay and don't consider myself homophobic but when it kept coming up I felt like it was hard to connect with the stories and feel the experiences. Others may not have this problem and Sedaris isn't lewd in any way, so don't be off put. I would say I really liked this book. "
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