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David Sedaris

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David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist, writer, comedian, 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 five 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 had collectively sold 7 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 boyfriend, Hugh Hamrick.

David Sedaris recommends
Jenny and the Jaws of Life (1987)
Jincy Willett
"It's justr the funniest collection of stories I've ever read - really funny and perfectly sad at the same time."
Uninvited (2001)
Richard House
"An amazing writer."
Throw Like a Girl (2007)
Jean Thompson
"If there are 'Jean Thompson characters', they're us, and never have we been so articulate and worthy of compassion. These stories confirm that no one is beneath her interest, or beyond her sure and seemingly limitless reach."
The Ask (2010)
Sam Lipsyte
"Oh, how I laughed at this book."
Devolution (2020)
Max Brooks
"A masterful blend of laugh-out-loud social satire and stuff-your-fist-in-your-mouth horror. One elevates the other, making the book, and its message, all the more relevant."

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