David Sedaris and Red Wine Do Not Mix LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls

by David Sedaris
Little, Brown and Company/Hachette
Hardcover, E-Book and Audio formats
April 23, 2013
288 pages

A new collection of essays from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who has been called “the preeminent humorist of his generation” (Entertainment Weekly). 

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten. http://davidsedarisbooks.com/owls.html

I should have known it, David Sedaris and red wine do not go well together. At least, that is when I am reading one and have a mouthful of the other. I just have to hope the wine will come out of the rug, and my lungs.

Another thing about David’s work is that you should not read it at the gym because people wearing headphones will think you are having a seizure or that you are crazy as you laugh uncontrollably and, quite possibly fall off you cardiovascular exercise machine of the day. 

Of course, his goes for any of David’s books. He is so perfectly droll, and having heard him in person, in interviews and in his radio monologues, I can also imagine what his delivery would be; it just make me laugh harder.

Cover of "Me Talk Pretty One Day"
Cover of
Me Talk Pretty One Day

Each of David’s books is a little different from the others. My favorite is ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY, but this is a really close second.  There are, scattered throughout the book, what David tells us are Forensics studies. He says they are similar to what High School students  on teams do.  Each is written in the guise of another person — not one of David’s usual essays about his experiences. The characters are not nice people. At first I thought David was doing drugs again – then I realized what a powerful form of satire he had adopted.  In my opinion that is what makes David’s work as powerful as it is funny. By poking fun at himself and everyone else with equal measure he points out things we may not want to see and that gives us some perspective on things like “Obamacare,” America electing its first black president and marriage equality.

The rest of the stories deal with his childhood, his relationships, his travels, living in France, moving to England and certain political views that he and I share.  Some of the stories he had read on the local stage here two years ago: one about being on the swim team at his country club and the other about Lonely Planet versus Pimsleur phrase books. 

Another thing you should not do is read the book with someone else who is planning to read it but who is currently reading something else.  As I laugh hysterically, then more quietly, and deman my husband listen to this or that, he was not a happy camper; even as I began laughing he would glare at me,  “I’ll read it, I know, I know it’s hilarious.”

And you should too. Preferably without liquid or anything else upon which you might choke. And before anyone else does. MUST READ

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