A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003-2020

A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003-2020

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There’s no right way to keep a diary, but if there’s an entertaining way, David Sedaris seems to have mas­tered it.
 
If it’s navel-gazing you’re after, you’ve come to the wrong place; ditto treacly self-examination. Rather, his observations turn outward: a fight between two men on a bus, a fight between two men on the street, pedestrians being whacked over the head or gathering to watch as a man considers leap­ing to his death. There’s a dirty joke shared at a book signing, then a dirtier one told at a dinner party—lots of jokes here. Plenty of laughs.
 
These diaries remind you that you once really hated George W. Bush, and that not too long ago, Donald Trump was just a harm­less laughingstock, at least on French TV. Time marches on, and Sedaris, at his desk or on planes, in hotel dining rooms and odd Japanese inns, records it. The entries here reflect an ever-changing background—new administrations, new restrictions on speech and conduct. What you can say at the start of the book, you can’t by the end. At its best, A Carnival of Snackery is a sort of sampler: the bitter and the sweet. Some entries are just what you wanted. Others you might want to spit discreetly into a napkin.

Title:A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003-2020
ISBN:9780316558792
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    A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003-2020 Reviews

  • Regina

    A Carnival of Snackery takes its name from a sampler offering on a menu David Sedaris once perused. It’s a fitting title, because what he’s offering readers of his latest book is essentially a fea...

  • Debbie

    3.5Absurdist king of the universe!I’m a fairly new Sedaris groupie. I went cuckoo over Calypso and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and I have his other books on my short list. Sedaris is hysterical...

  • Liz

    Strange, strange, strange… This book is a collection of Sedaris’ diary entries from 2003-2020. While it was an interesting reminder to see what was happening in some of the earlier years, and ther...

  • Angie Kim

    I love listening to David Sedaris. I love reading his essays, too, but to me, listening to him read his own essays is just a different experience altogether. I love how honest he is in these diaries, ...

  • Laura Sackton

    I guess I'm over David Sedaris. I loved Theft By Finding, his first volume of diaries, and now I have no idea if that book was a lot less ableist and offensive than this one, or if I've just lost my p...

  • Tracy

    I have loved David Sedaris since listening to his first book and have to say 'A Carnival of Snackery' is my favorite to date. Tracey Ullman narrates the sections David does not, and she is fabulous. D...

  • Julie

    We listened to this together during our son's recent visit. We listened while on our southern road trip, continued after we arrived back home, and finally finished it in the departures lane of the air...

  • Krista

    Frank and Scott went to an Indian restaurant the other night and took a picture of the menu, which offered what it called “a carnival of snackery.” Carnival of Snackery is about as random and s...

  • Scratch

    Very reluctant 3 stars.David Sedaris didn't expend enough effort upon this book. Random diary entries are stitched together, basically in chronological order, but jumping around between countries with...

  • Arienna

    David Sedaris touches on this in his last chapter but I think he's aging out of this game. He doesn't understand the modern world well enough to make witty observations about it and his life is so pri...