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    I read "Dress Your Family..." a few weeks ago. Definitely worth the time but not as laugh-out-loud funny as "Naked" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day" IMHO. There were a few stories in "Me Talk Pretty..." that had me in tears.

    He has a way of writing about the ordinary, everyday things that makes them seem interesting even though they really aren't when they happen to you.
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    I read both Naked and Me Talk Pretty, but haven't read any others yet.
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    I started reading "Me Talk Pretty One Day," but I think I like his NPR essays better.
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    A lot of his NPR essays were originally from his books, but it's true that they are especially funny to hear him present them himself. That's why I highly recommend seeing him live.
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    You guys have definitely gotten me interested in this author. Gonna go out this weekend and find some David Sedaris books.....which one to start?
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    I would start with either Naked or Me Talk Pretty One Day. I think they're both great introductions to his work.

    If you'd just like a little sample, there's the seasonally-appropriate Holidays on Ice. This is a collection of all his Christmas-related stories, like the classic "SantaLand Diaries" (trust me, you will be when you read this). Even though these are available elsewhere, I keep this book out when this season rolls around, so I can just pick something at random to read when I need a hearty laugh.
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    Count me in as a David Sedaris fan as well. I have all his books except for the aforementioned new one.

    I actually just saw him live two weeks ago here in Philly. He was hilarious, and it was a delight to see him live. For the person who is contemplating seeing him, it is well worth the money I think. The story he told live about his boil had me crying I was laughing so hard. I think it will be in the New Yorker soon, so keep a look out if you can't see him live.

    Now that I have seen him live, I am trying to surpress my shopaholic tendencies to go and buy all of his books on cd.

    Definately one of my favorite authors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezerette
    Now that I have seen him live, I am trying to surpress my shopaholic tendencies to go and buy all of his books on cd.
    OMG, weezerette, I know just what you mean. Like my trigger finger is itching over the One-Click Purchase Button for:

    The David Sedaris Box Set
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

    Need...to curb...compulsive spending habit...Must...not...press "Buy Now"!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowflakeGirl
    OMG, weezerette, I know just what you mean. Like my trigger finger is itching over the One-Click Purchase Button for:

    The David Sedaris Box Set
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

    Need...to curb...compulsive spending habit...Must...not...press "Buy Now"!!!
    Snowflakegirl, I am very familiar with that box set right there. I've already bid on it...twice...on ebay. Luckily I have not won the auction yet, because then money would then be involved.

    Turn off the 1 click buying! It is the devil! Sometimes I will compress my compulsive spending habit because I'm too lazy to go get my credit card number to buy something. But...if some stranger sends me $50 through paypal, I will overcome the laziness.

    Aah, to be poor (read: in college and car loan debt) and a book nerd, the horror.

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    I posted above that I'd never heard David Sedaris on the radio. Well, now I have. I was driving and flipping the dial, and came across NPR, and there was someone talking, in the middle of telling a long story about their sister and the sister's parrot. I thought it was a woman. I must have listened for 15 minutes, picturing some middle-aged woman, until finally the speaker mentioned a sister Amy and a brother Paul, and I thought, "Wait. I've heard of these people. Amy... Paul... a parrot... David Sedaris."
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