Every Book by David Sedaris

shelved under Books by... and Humor

David Sedaris is the very definition of "funny." It's not clear how he does it, but he never, ever, ever seems to run out of good stories when it comes to making humor out of his interpretation of his offbeat childhood and adult life.

If you listen to NPR, I'm sure you've heard his stories. If you haven't read his books you're in for a treat. (I suggest you start in the middle — with "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and explore outward from there.)

 
 

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004)

by David Sedaris

Shuttsie from Book Buddy says:

The Sedaris family not only includes writer David, actress and author Amy, but also three other equally eccentric sisters and a brother named Paul (who's known as "the Rooster") as well as their sharp-tongued mother and old-fashioned father. This collection of essays catches the family at their best and worst and is at its most hilarious in the audiobook format, hearing the voices and inflections Sedaris gives his family.

 

Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000)

by David Sedaris

Courtney from Los Angeles, California says:

There are very few books that I have read that make me just laugh out loud... and this is one of them. David Sedaris is hilarious and his writing style is awesome. His writing is quirky, while at the same time giving you an unique perspective of the world. I definitely recommend this book and his other titles.

 

Holidays on Ice (1997)

by David Sedaris

Cary Branscum says:

Holidays on Ice is a small, attractive book, and is definitely a hilarious read obviously during the holidays, but year round as well. A book of great stories, his take on working in a department store as an elf is worth the read. David has a book on bestseller lists, they're all funny, this one is just special, been around awhile, still reads fresh. Best of his books, in my humble opinion.

This book also appears on Ben Patrick Johnson's Books That Move Me

 

Naked (1997)

by David Sedaris

Lise M. Quintana says:

The second book by David Sedaris is more of the same: a collection of essays that you may have heard on NPR or read in the New Yorker and that you desperately wished you had experienced, written, or could hear again. The title, Naked, refers to an episode at the end where Sedaris spends some time at a nudist trailer park (who thought the word "colony" was too creepy). Sedaris, who's normally so uptight that even at home alone he keeps his shoes and belt on, takes a long look at the people who make up the nudist movement and the things they do and finds them congenial and accepting. And discovers why you must BRING YOUR OWN TOWELS. But better than that — Sedaris lays naked every single one of his own fears and foibles. Every stupid thing he's done, every embarrassing moment he's suffered is not just retold, but given the kind of scrutiny that would make an ordinary person want to zip themselves into a sleeping bag and hide under the bed. For me, the enduring attraction of Sedaris is that contradiction. The portrayal of a weak, insecure, stumbling man by an author with the strength of will never to look away, no matter how the subject squirms is even more amazing when they're the same guy.

 

Barrel Fever (1994)

by David Sedaris

Eric Mueller from Los Angeles, CA says:

Sedaris' first book is mostly short stories, not essays (like his later work), and it's not as polished as Me Talk Pretty One Day. That said, it's a fun read... and as one reviewer put it, "if you like witty and humorous stories about alcoholics and dysfunctional families, you will like this." Exactly.