by David Sedaris
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Naked by David Sedaris

In Naked, David Sedaris's message--alternately rendered in "Fakespeare," Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek--is the same: pay attention to me.

Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in "A Plague of Tics" to the title story, in which he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means.

This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568954868
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 10/01/1997
Series: Wheeler Large Print Book Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.23(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


London, England

Date of Birth:

December 26, 1956

Place of Birth:

Johnson City, New York


B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987

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Naked 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Sedaris takes us to places that no one seems to want to talk about - yet everyone has experienced or thought about. His realistic outlook is refreshing in a world of hypocrites. I have never laughed outloud while reading a book until David Sedaris...
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
Have you ever been held at gunpoint by someone who picked you up when hitchhiking? Or befriended a paraplegic, mainly for the “credit” others gave you for being such a good person? Maybe spent a week at a nudist camp trying to figure out why the most important requirement was to bring lots of towels? ”Naked” by David Sedaris is a hilarious memoir of the author’s life. Sedaris finds humor in his faults, his family, and the strange situations that he encounters. Unlike some other popular memoirs, “Naked” is very well written and easy to enjoy. Each essay (as his chapters are called) is short, humorous, and enjoyable, and gives you an idea of what Sedaris’s life has been like. I highly recommend “Naked” by David Sedaris. This is a quick read and well worth it! What did you think of it? Visit my blog and give me your thoughts on the book!
Melissa_M More than 1 year ago
David Sedaris is a phenomenally witty short story writer. I highly recommend listening to him on audio, so you can experience his work exactly the way he meant it to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was grinning to my self like a moron on the subway because of this book. It's so well written, funny and just really cool...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the funniest book I've read since... EVER!!! I actually laughed out loud while racing through 'A Plagure of Ticks' and 'Get Your Ya Yas Out'. His keen observations and pointed sarcasm make him one of the best contemporary humorists around. I've already forced it on many of my willing friends and hope you'll try it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vulgar and sadistic.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that is hysterical and whitty, what could be better?! Naked is the story of a person that has happened through things, that nobody else would have the guts to admit. David Sedaris has a fascinating way of tell his story from his childhood to him becoming a young adult. From being a kid that got in trouble for , what his mother called, "special problems" to spending a week at a nudist camp we travel along with David on his extravagances adventures. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions, at one point you will be feeling sorry for David and then a minute later you will be questioning everything. It's a book that i would highly recommend because it is a great story of  how people hide their real personality but there are certain people that can detect when someone is not what they appear.  Besides being witty and making you wonder certain actions of people its a book that was interesting and that i could not put down.
Silverlightlee More than 1 year ago
Some of these stories are very funny, and some of them are depressing.
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anijizmejian More than 1 year ago
“If nothing else, life in the suburbs promised that you might go from day to day without finding sh*t in your hair,” or at least you would think. The chapter describing why this could not be relied upon had me on the floor laughing. 
debramathis More than 1 year ago
I like this man and the way he thinks. This could have come straight out of my mouth: “I haven't the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.” 
RoxyBoots More than 1 year ago
A funny book told by a sad person. He is tragic but he ascends his worst with witticism. In “A Plague of Tics" he is at his OCD best and had me laughing while he licked light switches. 
oscarnotwilde More than 1 year ago
“I was a smart-ass, born and raised. This had been my curse and would continue to be so.” And I thank the literary gods that it was so. David Sedaris is a smart mouth straight through the book and a funny one as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Sedaris' biting sarcasm and knack for deftly telling stories continues.
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