Today’s book review is for Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris; and it is thanks to a guest poster – my son! I discovered Sedaris only in recent years and have enjoyed whatever I have read so far.
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The Book Review
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls
A guy walks into a bar car and…
From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.
Sedaris remembers his father’s dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy.
With Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why his work has been called “hilarious, elegant, and surprisingly moving” (Washington Post).
(Not) My Thoughts
(Note: Guest post thanks to my son!)
David Sedaris’ book Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls (Essays, etc.) is one that – if not made apparent by the title – is both humorous and absurd. He writes on a wide array of topics – ranging from his father’s disapproval and eventual approval to the immense and surprising enjoyment his colonoscopy provided him.
Having left the book upside down on the kitchen counter for over a month, I’ve had ample time to memorize the reviews inscribed on the book’s back cover, often reading and rereading them while sitting down to eat – my wandering eyes having no visual medium aside from that back cover to distract me.
One particular review, written by Nancy Dalva, caught my eye, in that it perfectly communicated how I feel about Sedaris’ works – that they “are careful accretions of detail and incident that build to some kind of payoff, perhaps a laugh, perhaps a jolt of identification”. She conveys exactly what I love about Sedaris’ writing – the way he takes seemingly irrelevant, but infinitely relatable fragments from his life and connects it all in a satisfying and often profound manner.
(Now) My Thoughts
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Would You Rather
Continuing the series…..
Would you rather spend the day with your favorite author or favorite character?
While I do love so many characters and would enjoy time with them, I think I would prefer spending time with the author (Neil Gaiman maybe!)
And now, the End of this Post
Dear readers, what is your favorite humorous book (fiction or non-fiction)? Do let me know in the comments so I can add them to my (my son’s) reading list!
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