Me Talk Pretty One Day

by David Sedaris | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0316776963 Global Overview for this book
Registered by amaradevinmom on 3/17/2004
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by amaradevinmom on Wednesday, March 17, 2004
going to be sending on a bookring.
Participants

bookczuk-SC
writergrl-NM
Agrace-TX
MollyGrue-WA
babykittysmama-CA
fushmush-AUS
fuji-AUS
futurecat-NZ
loribee-UK
back to me in Germany

Journal Entry 2 by wingbookczukwing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Yahoo!! The book FINALLY arrived! It has been delayed in the mail for almost two months. I will bump it to the top of my reading list and get right on it. (Amaradevinmom, I will also post an update in the forum so that poeple waiting for it know it has resurfaced and will soon be merrily winging along. Thank you for sharing this with us.)

Journal Entry 3 by wingbookczukwing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, May 16, 2004
The whole time I was reading this, I could hear the distinctive voice of David Sedaris in my head, accompanied by the type of music so often heard in pieces on "This American Life". No one essay stands out in my head, though there are pieces of many that I found evocative or funny. He is a very quirky man (as his sister Amy is a very quirky woman.) who can provide a devilishly unique twist to observation. Some of his inner musings are so preposterous- and I really liked that. I was a little put off by his references to his previous drug use- but that's my own hang up. The homosexual and alcohol related references didn't bother me.

In all, I found the second section stronger than the first, and this is why I rated it an 8. The first section would have been a 7. I loved his view of being an American in Paris- particularly the essay on his french class- and how he would use the plurals rather than struggle with remembering the gender of a praticular word. His fathers food hoarding reminded me of the science experiments we find in my mothers fridge- unidentifiable food objects with the increased nutritional value of several colorful mold haspecies....Sedaris the ability to be self depreciating and scathingly open in a humerous manner.

Thank you for sharing this. I will pass it on to writergrl as soon as I get the address.

Journal Entry 4 by writergrl from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Wednesday, May 26, 2004
I actually got this 2 days ago but have been too busy to journal it. So far I've read the first 4 stories. My favorite one so far is "Go Carolina" about his speech impediment. I'm a regular listener to "This American Life" but I've thought Sedaris has an annoying voice. I guess it's part of the humor. I liked reading these better. They're touching and more sad than I expected.

Journal Entry 5 by writergrl from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Sunday, June 6, 2004
I brought it with me to my cousin's wedding near Dallas, Texas, and fortunately I didn't lose it (both the book and my temper at my relatives). Reading this book made my family seem less f*cked up. I tended to like the childhood stories best. Some parts I found very disturbing, like how his sister, Amy, had her face made up to look like she'd been beaten up and told people she was in love when they asked what happened. I found it more depressing than I expected to. My favorites were "The Great Leap Forward" and "Jesus Shaves", besides the one I mentioned in the first entry.

I'll send it on to Agrace sometime this week.

Journal Entry 6 by Agrace from Frisco, Texas USA on Saturday, June 26, 2004
arrived on my doorstep this afternoon!
the box was open, so if anything besides the book was in there, it's long gone.

Journal Entry 7 by MollyGrue from Tacoma, Washington USA on Monday, August 2, 2004
I have a couple of other books in front of this, but I should get to it fairly soon.

Journal Entry 8 by MollyGrue from Tacoma, Washington USA on Tuesday, August 3, 2004
A very entertaining collection of essays. All were fairly good, some had me laughing out loud, others had me going "ewwww" which is always (to me) the sign of a good book. Looking forward now to the other rings I am on for his other books.

Journal Entry 9 by MollyGrue at In The Mail in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, August 14, 2004
Released on Saturday, August 14, 2004 at in the mail in Bookring, A Bookring Controlled Releases.

Sent to BabyKittysMama. Happy reading!

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Journal Entry 10 by babykittysmama from Redondo Beach, California USA on Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Just received and look forward to reading it within the next week. Thanks for sending this!!

Journal Entry 11 by babykittysmama from Redondo Beach, California USA on Saturday, August 21, 2004
Funny book!! Didn't know what to expect with that title -- loved the autobiographical short stories. Highly enjoyable. I laughed out loud during many parts.


Book is on it's way to fushmush!!

Journal Entry 12 by fushmush from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Arrived today! I'm in the middle of another bookray at the moment. It's next on the TBR list.

Journal Entry 13 by fushmush from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, October 10, 2004
Hillarious! what a wonderful perspective on the world. I particularly enjoyed Go Carolina, Make that a Double and Jesus Shaves.

I also liked how Sedaris links Go Carolina and Make that a Double. In Go Carolina, he's a young boy who avoids using plurals because of his lisp. In Make that a Double, which is set years later, he only uses plurals when speaking French to avoid having to remember the gender on nouns. Non-confrontationalists unite!

I PMed Fuji a week ago and have not heard back from her. I might wait a couple of days and then PM futurecat.

Update (12/10/04): Fuji asked to be skipped. PMed FutureCat. Received address. Will post this week.

Journal Entry 14 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, October 15, 2004
Arrived safely in New Zealand today. I've got a couple of other bookring books in the queue before this one (I'm sure there's a Murphy's Law of Bookrings that says they always turn up either when you've just started reading a 900-page epic, or they arrive in your letterbox along with several others!), but I promise I'll get onto it as soon as possible.

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Journal Entry 15 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, October 24, 2004
I'd never heard of David Sedaris before, so I had no idea what to expect from this book. All I knew was that people kept mentioning on the forums how funny it was - and they were right! It's always refreshing to find someone who laughs at themselves (instead of using others as the target of their wit), and Sedaris does it very well.

Hard to pick a favourite, but I did love the incident with the American tourists on the Paris metro - which of us hasn't been embarrased by the antics of our fellow countrypeople while overseas? (I remember being in Germany during Oktoberfest, wishing I could disown the drunken Kiwis making fools of themselves at the festival)

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Journal Entry 16 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, October 26, 2004
On its way to the UK.

Journal Entry 17 by loribee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, November 5, 2004
Arrived today from Future Cat in NZ. Many thanks to her, to amaradevinmom & to everyone who has passed it on. I look forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 18 by loribee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, September 19, 2005
On its way back home now.
Many thanks for passing it along. I didn't know his writing and enjoyed discovering a new author.
I especially enjoyed the 'American view of France'!

Journal Entry 19 by loribee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, March 16, 2006
This book has made a return trip to Germany, I hope I can successfully send it back to amaradevinmom soon!

Journal Entry 20 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, July 24, 2006
OK - Loribee has passed me this book as I said I would help with some she had around the house.

It looks like she tried to post this back to amaradevinmom but it got returned by the German Postal Service for having an insufficient address. So if you'd like to PM me your address, I will try sending it again.

PS I'm no relation to Loribee, just a friend!

Journal Entry 21 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, May 7, 2007
Calling amaredevinmom!

You have PM's turned off, so this is the only way I can contact you...

I still have this book, still waiting to be able to return it. I see you are in the US now. If you can PM or send your address to liz_broomfield@yahoo.com I will send it back to you!

Thanks

Liz

Journal Entry 22 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, December 16, 2007
I tried twice and got no response, so rather than let this book languish in my house, I'm going to put it in my lovely local Official BookCrossing Zone - really nice people go there so it will find a good home.

Sorry if this is the wrong thing to do, but I have tried to contact the person who started the ring twice, and if they went to look at the JEs for this book, they would have seen my messages...

Released 14 yrs ago (12/16/2007 UTC) at Kings Heath - York Road - Kitchen Garden Cafe in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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In the Official BookCrossing Zone.

This book has been released for the Never Judge A Book By Its Cover release challenge Week 49: "Me, Myself and I" # 18.

Journal Entry 24 by wingKitchenGardenwing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, December 16, 2007
Now available on the Official BookCrossing Zone bookshelf in the Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham.

If you have picked up this book, thank you for visiting the website (and the cafe!). Please take a moment to let us know you have the book, then post your review when you've read it, and pass it on to someone else. If you join, you'll be able to see what's happened to it afterwards - for ever!

Journal Entry 25 by wingKitchenGardenwing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, January 20, 2008
This is no longer on the OBCZ shelf. Marking the book as travelling, pending a journal entry, in case anyone goes to look for it in the meantime.

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Journal Entry 26 by wingKitchenGardenwing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, February 8, 2009
This has returned to the Kitchen Garden Cafe OBCZ and is now available again!

Journal Entry 27 by wingKitchenGardenwing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, February 15, 2009
This is no longer on the OBCZ shelf. Marking the book as travelling, pending a journal entry, in case anyone goes to look for it in the meantime.

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