6 journalers for this copy...
In Naked, David Sedaris's message is pay attention to me. Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in 'A Plague of Tics' to the title story, in which he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means. This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.
I have a few bookring reads ahead of it on my TBR pile, but I look forward to getting to this one and then finding another reader for it afterwards.
I really enjoyed reading Naked! I think my two favorite Sedaris books are still Dress Your Family & Me Talk Pretty, but this one definitely made 3rd. He covers so many topics from OCD to nudists, from marriage to mothers, from roommates to hitchhiking, from family dynamics to strings of jobs. I didn't have any uncontrollable bouts of laughter, but I did laugh out loud several times. I love David's wisdom and ability to tell a tale with such frankness and honesty that he makes even the sort of hideous train wreck you have to look at actually a joy to look at.
Thanks so much for the RIF- I'll look for someone to pass it on to right now.
RAY IT FORWARD!
Please journal this book when you get it, and then read it in a timely manner (don't put it all the way at the bottom of your TBR pile, but feel free to take your time with it). When you're finished reading, please make another journal entry with your thoughts. Then find another BookCrosser who'd like to read this and Ray it Forward to him/her with the same guidelines.
I love it!! Like everything else I've read by Sedaris this book is SO well written and SO funny. I just love it. I was laughing my head off on the subway on Saturday. ;-)
More later ... :-)
What a riot!! :-D This book really was incredibly funny. It lived up to all my expectations (I had read two of Sedaris' books before). I normally don't laugh out loud at books even though I may find them very entertaining & amusing ... but I did at this book. Sedaris just writes so well ... !! and he has this wonderful wide-eyed, self-deprecating kind of humor that I love. He can turn even little things into big events, and vice versa ... so that reading his stories you are constantly surprised by what pops out at you. :-) Sometimes he made me cringe - like the first story, about his problems with his various tics - and I felt really bad for him, but at the same time was always entertained. :-) It's awful but it's still funny. ;-)
I hardly know what to say to praise this book. It's brilliant!! It's just so well written and so funny and so sweet and charming ... I love it. :-) Thank you so much for sharing, KateKintail! :-) I'll take the book with me to the next meetup here in Oslo and see if anyone there is interested in reading it. If not I'll post about it in the forum, but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to talk it up enough for one or the other of the meetup 'crowd' to want it ... ;-)
My favorite bit of the book: In the story 'c.o.g.', when David goes to the apple farm to work there as a picker, and the farmer tells him how his wife is sick with cancer. His foreman too. Then:
'Funny thing, cancer.' He lit a cigarette, and considered the spent match. A crop duster flew overhead, and he waved his arms in greeting. 'Yes, sir, it's a real mystery.'
In what I feel is something of the Sedaris spirit, I will be going on a day trip to Gothenburg in Sweden (eight hours round trip) to attend a BookCrossing meetup there tomorrow. :-) This book will go with me and we'll see if we can find any takers for this RIF.
Watch this space ... !!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I knew it! The book found one if not two interested readers at the Gothenburg meetup today. It went home with ThursdayN - hope she enjoys the book as much as I did ... !! :-)
Happy reading, Thursday!! It was great meeting all of you!! :-)
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Given to Panzeranzi on a meetup!
I'll have to decide who to give the book to. I'll pass it on as soon as possible.
Thanks for sharing!
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Mailed to aggeelin today! Ray it forward! :)