Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

eBook - 2013
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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 ).
Publisher: New York Little, Brown and Company 2013
ISBN: 9780316173889
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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DBRL_IdaF Oct 17, 2017

David Sedaris is one of the few authors for whom I seek out audio books over the printed versions. So much gets lost without his delivery.

Some of these pieces had me laughing so hard I nearly had to pull over the car. Others were...okay. I would like to let Mr. Sedaris know that there is a legally obtained taxidermied owl in the Columbia, MO Public Library.

Sedaris makes us laugh with often uncomfortable truths about ourselves and our world. If you don't care for vulgarity, well, you're probably not a Sedaris fan. But he only uses it to get at the reality of how we truly live.

My favorite essay in the piece involves flying, flight delays and flight attendants. To go for the obvious pun, it was a hoot. The last section of the book contains completely fictional pieces, and I have always found his fiction a little weaker than his essays. That said, the story about an American girl affecting a British persona was funny, moving and ultimately quite a sad reflection on adolescence

JCLAnneG Apr 01, 2017

He is funny as always. His satire bites a little more than I typically prefer. I enjoyed his personal essays quite a bit more than the ones he wrote for forensic classes.

Mar 24, 2016

I borrowed this book after reading a review that promised a laugh out loud experience. I returned it after struggling through the first 42 pages without so much as a smile.

alexander_cameron Feb 12, 2016

David Sedaris’s rare wit and unique perspectives have made him a star of print, stage, and radiophonic humour genres. His forty some essays in the “whichy thickets” of the New Yorker magazine, four plays, and four prior essay collections, have won him a list of honours. There is no point in trying to describe these works, whose themes range from the gratifying to the grotesque: only their dry, self-deprecating tone remains constant. There is even controversy as to whether they should be classed as non-fiction. But though they are often exaggerated for effect, they are intelligent and amusing observations of and from his very interesting life.

Feb 07, 2016

So I thought I knew this guy from NPR - funny voice, weird sense of humor, gay, and recently deceased. Halfway through the book and a little bored with it, I did a quick internet search and found out Sedaris was very much alive. David Raikoff was the dead guy. THE ONLY REASON I PICKED THIS BOOK WAS WRONG! Then I remembered this Billie Holiday impression and checked it out on YouTube. Sure enough, it was Sedaris. I had heard him before. Once I heard his voice again, the book was much better.

Sep 24, 2015

I laughed out loud so many times, and kept having to read parts out aloud to people around me. I would read it again.

Jun 29, 2015

A look at everyday life as well as a trip down memory lane. David Sedaris writes as he sees it, and is often laugh out loud funny. A fun easy read.

Aug 11, 2014

This book was not what I expected. I loved it! It was funny, and well writen. Filled with short essays based on Sedaris' life. Can't wait to read more books writen by this author.

Jul 19, 2014

Laughed out loud

Series of short stories, funny and diverting.

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Jun 29, 2015

As a child I assumed that when I reached adulthood, I would have grown-up thoughts. By this I meant that I would stop living in a fantasy world; that while standing in line for a hamburger or my shot at the ATM, I would not daydream about befriending a gorilla or inventing a pill that would make hair waterproof.

Jun 29, 2015

"Exposing yourself to a girl is one thing. Doing it to a boy, though-the guy would have to be perverted."

Jun 29, 2015

The iPhone 2 led to the 3, but I didn't get the 4 or 5 because I'm holding out for the 7, which, I've heard on good authority, can also be used as a Taser.


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Jun 29, 2015

A collection of essays as well as a few fictional letters and a poem - a mashup of writings. The essays are about Sedaris's childhood, and life traveling as a writer and living now in England. Funny, touching, and smart.

Trevorja Jul 28, 2013

A pithy collection of Sedaris' worldly observations. A perfect summer read.


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