The Best of Me

The Best of Me

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“Genius… It is miraculous to read these pieces… You must read The Best of Me.” —Andrew Sean Greer, New York Times Book Review

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

A CNN and Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Month

For more than twenty-five years, David Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. A Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside. It opens our eyes to what is at absurd and moving about our daily existence. And it is almost impossible to read without laughing.
 
Now, for the first time collected in one volume, the author brings us his funniest and most memorable work. In these stories, Sedaris shops for rare taxidermy, hitchhikes with a lady quadriplegic, and spits a lozenge into a fellow traveler’s lap. He drowns a mouse in a bucket, struggles to say “give it to me” in five languages, and hand-feeds a carnivorous bird.
 
But if all you expect to find in Sedaris’s work is the deft and sharply observed comedy for which he became renowned, you may be surprised to discover that his words bring more warmth than mockery, more fellow-feeling than derision. Nowhere is this clearer than in his writing about his loved ones. In these pages, Sedaris explores falling in love and staying together, recognizing his own aging not in the mirror but in the faces of his siblings, losing one parent and coming to terms—at long last—with the other.
 
Taken together, the stories in The Best of Me reveal the wonder and delight Sedaris takes in the surprises life brings him. No experience, he sees, is quite as he expected—it’s often harder, more fraught, and certainly weirder—but sometimes it is also much richer and more wonderful.
 
Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called “the funniest man alive” (Time Out New York), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing—quite often at himself—and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.

Title:The Best of Me
ISBN:9780316628242
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    The Best of Me Reviews

  • Regina

    I’m someone who always has either a book in my hand or an audiobook in my ear. The former is often praised, while the latter is frequently questioned. "Listening to an audiobook isn’t really readi...

  • Elle

    I absolutely blew through this. David Sedaris is a once in a generation talent and this collection of stories is no exception to that rule. Some of his die-hard fans might find this redundant, but as ...

  • Jill Hutchinson

    I always give this author five stars because his insane humor appeals to my own twisted sense of what makes me laugh. I lowered it to four stars but it is not the fault of the author but my own. The t...

  • Victoria

    More like the best of the latest.This isn’t the greatest hits that I was expecting, which I realize is as subjective a view as any since what’s great to one is not to another, especially the autho...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/I’m assuming there will be plenty of people/critics who call Sedaris’ latest release nothing but a money grab. To them I say . . . . . ...

  • Barbara

    Author David SedarisHumorist David Sedaris put together some of his best previously published stories in this book. The author is almost always funny, but some of his anecdotes are melancholy and nost...

  • Violeta

    "He (my father) came from behind and pinched her (my mother) on the bottom. She laughed and swathed him with a towel. Then we witnessed what we would later come to recognize as the rejuvenating power...

  • Esil

    4+ starsI listened to this one as an audio. I had already heard many of these stories, but not all of them. And it doesn’t really matter, because even David Sedaris’s familiar stories made me smil...

  • Kelli

    Though I have sort of abandoned essays as a genre after some seriously underwhelming collections last year, I will never abandon David Sedaris. He is his own masterpiece and he demands to be heard on ...

  • Becca

    Perfection for these endless days of worry and anxiety. One of the most entertaining, honest, quirky, and unashamed writers I have read. Sedaris' stories, inner monologue, and personality are seemingl...