Starting with his deadpan, disarmingly funny pieces on NPR and continuing with his collections of short fiction and essays, David Sedaris is one of the best, sharpest humorists writing today. His quirky history and family are rich material, but he's also just as hilarious simply satirizing Christmas cards or mocking his own vices.
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Also Known As:
David Raymond Sedaris (full name)
Date of Birth:
December 26, 1956
Place of Birth:
Johnson City, New York
B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987
Thurber Prize, 2002; Time Humorist of the Year, 2001; Advocate Lambda Award, 2001
|The Best Book to Read First|
|Me Talk Pretty One Day|
David Sedaris, Terry Adams (Editor)
Sedaris is in rare form in his third full-length collection. From his childhood speech therapy lessons to his struggles with French, Sedaris's accounts are compassionate and even wise, yet funny enough to make you spray Mountain Dew out your nose. Don't say we didn't warn you.
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|Sedaris's words on the page are enough to make you laugh; but those who have heard or seen him read his work know that the author's performances are even funnier. You haven't experienced the essay "Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities" from Me Talk Pretty One Day until you have heard Sedaris offer his rendition of the Oscar Mayer bologna jingle as sung by Billie Holiday.|
|A Collection of Favorites||Favorite Writers & Reads|
|Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories|
David Sedaris (Editor)
This collection of Sedaris's favorite short stories contains the work of both contemporary and classic writers. Edited and introduced by Sedaris, this volume gives his legions of fans a glimpse at the writing he finds inspiring -- and helps them discover the truth abut loneliness, hope, love, betrayal, and certain (but not all) monkeys.
|Among The Thugs|
Sedaris talked with us about some of his all-time favorite books, including this nonfiction account of English football hooligans. "At one point a drunk guy actually sucks the eyeball out of somebody’s head," he reveals. Read our interview with Sedaris to find out more about his favorite writers and reads, including:
|Photo by Hugh Hamrick||