Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls 
by David Sedaris

I'm a fan of pretty much anything David Sedaris writes, says, does, etc.  I think he's hilarious and wonderful.  If you are a fan of this author, you should definitely read (or listen to) Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls.  It is a collection of essays in typical Sedaris fashion.  Most are based on his own life, thoughts, experiences, neurosis, family, etc. and then a couple are just straight up satire.  In the case of this book- I would definitely recommend listening to the audiobook if you have that option.  It is narrated by the author himself, and if you have ever seen him read or perform his own work you will know just how much he can enhance something that is already great.  I listened to the audio version of this, and there were a couple times when not only would I laugh out loud, but I would remember something days later and would find myself chuckling at random times.  In a grocery store, public bathroom, generally anywhere that it might be weird for someone to be laughing out loud while they are seemingly unprovoked.  The great thing about his particular brand of humor is often a little edge to it where you feel a little bit ashamed for finding it so funny.  Was I just cracking up about child abuse?  He does a great job of making you feel a part of everything he is describing.  It is easy to get immersed in these essays, and there is a feeling of loss when they are none left to enjoy.  4 strong stars.

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