Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Book #38: 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' by David Sedaris

This is a short review, because there's only a handful of things you need to know about Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Read this book. Immediately.

But don't read it in public. Not unless you like trying to smother your laughter into and then you do that weird puffing thing where you sound like you're choking and then you go all read and people stare at you like you're that psycho who talks to himself on the bus. Take a handkerchief or have some kind of dry cloth handy, because if you're like me the laughter will make you start crying and then you'll look like even more of a complete psycho.

That's it, really. This book is basically a collection of real-life stories about Sedaris' family, childhood, "artistic" life and his time in France. Sedaris has this amazing talent for being self-deprecating and half-insane, and every single one of the chapters is flat-out hilarious. Anything involving his family is absolutely brilliant. His sister is Amy Sedaris, for crying out loud. That entire family was born demented.

Really, people, this is the funniest book I have ever read. Hands down. The story about the turd made me literally howl with laughter. It made my stomach hurt. It's also a pretty quick, easy read. The only bad thing is that it's over too soon.

I can't recommend it enough. I need to get some more of Sedaris' stuff like, yesterday. This guy is a genius.

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