Friday, August 30, 2013


Genre: NonFiction /Humour/Essays
Format: Hardcover
Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
First Published: 2013

With David Sedaris you're either going to fall in the group that likes his writing or you'll fall into the group that highly dislikes his writing.  That's what I thought when I put the book down not even halfway through.  I slowly changed my mind.  Now I lie somewhere in between.

"A guy walks into a bar car and...

From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.

Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy.

With Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why his work has been called "hilarious, elegant, and surprisingly moving" (Washington Post).
" (GoodReads)

You see, David Sedaris likes to make you uncomfortable in this book, and I say that only because I haven't read the rest of his books.  He'll touch on very tabook subjects, like for example racism, and you wish you had not read his writing.  You let it go.  He hits you with another one.  And another one.  And you're just like 'Come on!'  This is pretty much the point where I put the book down.  Maybe I'll come back to it.

On the other hand, the book is cleverly written. It also very strategically written from a marketing stand-point.  Let's fact it, diabetes is one of the most common topics medically talked about, probably next to the gluten-free topics now.  Owls also seem to be a huge trend, even I love owls.  So google diabetes and/or owls and you'll probably stumble on this book.  And no, the book doesn't particularly focus on diabetes or owls but they are mentioned.

You have to give this book a try!  It's definitely a gem of writing from a humour perspective, but also from an eye-opening perspective.  I recommend it!

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