Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let’s Explore Diabetes with OwlsLet's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Fiction
Pages: 288

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Summary

A guy walks into a bar car and...
From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.
Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy.
With Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why his work has been called "hilarious, elegant, and surprisingly moving" (Washington Post).

I am a big fan of David Sedaris. I have read several of his books and they have always made me laugh out loud. I always end up reading portions of his works aloud to my husband, because they are so hilarious.

In that, this book doesn’t disappoint. Many hilarious, must read out loud moments. I enjoyed this book but not as much as I did all of his others. However, it has actually been quite a few years since I have read one of his books. So, i don’t remember if one of his quirky writing habits was present in his other books.

If you are not familiar with his writing style, it is a memoir format, many of his memories compiled out of order. And he has this way of viewing life that is just damn funny. But, this time, he included a couple of scenes where he is writing satirically from the point of view of someone who is the polar opposite of him politically. And while, I completely agree with his politics and quirky view on life, I did find those moments a little disconcerting. They were not enough to make the book not worth it. But, they did change my rating of the book.

I will continue to be a fan and I will continue to buy his books. I would not  recommend this book as a good introduction to David Sedaris. If you really want to enjoy his unique spirit, I would recommend Naked or Me Talk Pretty One Day.

three-stars

About David Sedaris

David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay “SantaLand Diaries.” He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) have become New York Times Best Sellers.

As of 2008, his books have collectively sold seven million copies. Much of Sedaris’ humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, homosexuality, and his life in France with his partner, Hugh Hamrick.

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