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David Sedaris Recommendations Needed!

Some friends and I are going to see David Sedaris in October. WOOT! Who’s totally jealous of me?! 🙂

The only problem is, I’ve never read ANYTHING by him. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zip. I don’t even think I’ve thumbed through Me Talk Pretty One Day at a bookstore.

So I need your help! What’s the best book by David Sedaris?? I’m up to my ears in books, so I’ll only be able to read ONE of his books, and I want to make sure I hit pay dirt. What ONE book will make me pee my pants laughing?

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21 Responses to “David Sedaris Recommendations Needed!”

  1. Heather

    I’ve only read on – Me Talk Pretty One Day. I had a hard time with some of the essays but others – LAUGH OUT LOUD funny! My personal favorite? The one about explaining Easter in French. Maybe you could just read a few random essays from different books?


  2. chartroose

    “Dress Your Family…” is both funny and sad. It’s my favorite, although I haven’t read his latest.


  3. Florinda

    I’ve heard that Naked is probably his best, but haven’t gotten to it yet – it’s in long-term TBR. My husband is currently reading and enjoying Dress Your Family…, and will probably read Naked after that, and before I do.

    I HAVE read Me Talk Pretty One Day and liked it a lot.

    I doubt I’ve been much help :-).


  4. Julie

    Oooh, I’m glad you asked. I’ve never read anything by him either but I keep meaning to, and like you I don’t know where to start.


  5. Jill

    I can’t wait to hear about meeting him. Unfortunately, I haven’t read anything of his either, although I’ve heard so much about him. But, his sister’s book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, is fantastic. Not only is it hysterical, but it has really great recipes, too. I’m not sure that will win you brownie points with him…but I wanted to throw that out there. 🙂


  6. softdrink

    I’ve read Me Talk Pretty and Dress Your Family. It’s been awhile, though. I do remember I laughed a lot during Me Talk Pretty, and less for Dress Your Family, then I lost interest in reading any more of his books. He’s funny, but I think I had gotten to the been there, done that point…you know, when the first book you read by an author will always be your favorite?
    So I would recommend Me Talk Pretty, but then, according to what I just wrote, it doesn’t really matter.


  7. softdrink

    Oh…and heck yeah, I’m jealous!!


  8. lisamm

    I started Me Talk Pretty months ago and think I read 2 essays. I did not pee my pants. I think I chuckled audibly once or twice. I should probably get back to it. It’s on my nightstand.

    It’s very cool that you get to meet him. What’s up with the monkey?


  9. bybee

    Me Talk Pretty One Day is the one I’d STRONGLY recommend, but I also liked Naked.


  10. bybee

    I’m horribly jealous…I was jealous in the previous comment, but trying to hide it. Now I can’t.


  11. Kristen

    I’ve read everything by him except his latest, so here’s my recommendation:

    Read the first essay on Me Talk, then listen to Dress Your Family in its entirety — Sedaris reads it and his voice combined with his writing is priceless… Enjoy!!


  12. bkclubcare

    HEY! Happy RAT! I’ve seen you out&abt commenting…

    I have only read NAKED and liked it very much…


  13. Becca

    I really liked “Naked.” But you could also read his newest book since he’ll likely talk about it at the event.

    I went to see him on Thursday and it was hilarious. You’ll really like it, I guarantee it.


  14. Eva

    Go Trish! For helping Dewey out and visiting me so much. 🙂 I’ve only read one Sedaris, and it was a bit dark for my tastes (Dress Your Family…) so I’m no help!


  15. Eva

    I have no idea why that second smily face is there, lol


  16. bookroomreviews

    Thanks Trish for all your help in the read a thon. and I havent read Sedaris yet so can’t recommend one but I plan to someday:)


  17. alisonwonderland

    i haven’t read any Sedaris either – so when you make your pick, be sure to let me know! 🙂

    thanks for all the work you’re doing on the read-a-thon! i’m having so much fun!


  18. Patti

    Thank you for all your help with the Readathon. It is greatly appreciated and so much fun!


  19. Jessi

    Any of his books are great, but if you can, listen to the audio version. Something about hearing him (and occasionally, his sister Amy) reading his works makes it that much better. My personal favorite is Holidays on Ice – a theater in Atlanta does a production of “The Santaland Diaries” every Christmas that is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. 🙂


  20. Alea

    I’ve only read Me Talk Pretty One Day and Holidays On Ice all the way through (so far) so of the two, Me Talk Pretty One Day. I totally got to meet him a few weeks ago, he was very nice and hilarious!


  21. Juliette

    My recommendation? Santaland Diaries (part of Holidays on Ice), Dinah, the Christmas Whore (also part of Santaland Diaries) and then the latest — Engulfed in Flames.

    I agree with Jessi (above) if you can hear him read, it enhances the experience.


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