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In the Spotlight: David Sedaris

The Book: A collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. You Cant Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors.

" ...deftly navigates some unsettling subject matter...ultimately, it's his notes of rapture that leave the strongest impressions..." -- "Seattle Times" 6/11/00

"...as hilarious and insightful as his earlier work...." -- Wall Street Journal, 6/2/00

"...celebrates its author's ability to mock himself...while wildly funny, is also moving..." -- LA Weekly Literary Supplement

"...funny, smart, and wickedly observant...but it's the other stories in which he redeems ...smarting pain...with searing humor where Sedaris is at his best..." -- Colorado Springs Gazette, 6/18/00

"...genius lies in transforming strangeness, obsessive voyeurism and endearingly snotty observations into wildly entertaining art...he has earned a place as one of America's finest...humorists..." -- Denver Post, 6/25/00

"...his brilliance resides in a capacity to surprise, associate, and disassociate, and the result is something like watching lightning strike in slow motion..." -- Boston Book Review, July/August 2000

"...if wit were measured in people, Sedaris would be China...his talent is that huge...Sedaris' wit should be regulated. Experiences this enjoyable are usually illegal..." -- Denver Rocky Mountain News, 6/11/00

"...laugh-out-loud funny, witty, and trenchant and ver far too soon..." -- Book, July/August 2000

"...reveal a writer who is capable not only of being funny, but touching, even tender, too." -- New York Times, 6/16/00

"Stunning in its simplicity...one of the best novels you're likely to encounter this year...relish it." -- The Free-Lance Star, 6/25/00

At his best, he makes you laugh out loud, which indeed may be worth the price of admission. -- The New York Times Book Review, Jonathan Reynolds

Amazon: Me Talk Pretty One Day

Other Books in the List:

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004)
Amazon: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (2005)
Amazon: Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008)
Amazon: When You Are Engulfed in Flames

The Author: David Sedaris (born December 26, 1956) is a Grammy Award-nominated Greek-American humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor.
 
Sedaris was first publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay The SantaLand Diaries. He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his five subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008), have become New York Times Best Sellers.
 
As of 2008, his books have collectively sold seven million copies. Much of Sedaris's humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, homosexuality, and his life in France with his boyfriend, Hugh Hamrick. (From Wikipedia)

Top 100 Gay Novels List (*)

External Link to the Top100 Gay Novels List (simple - without photos)

External Link to the Top 100 Gay Novels List (wanted - with photos)

*only one title per author, only print books released after January 1, 2000.

Note: I remember to my friends that guest reviews of the above listed books (the top 100 Gay Novels) are welcome, just send them to me and I will post with full credits to the reviewer.

Other titles not in the top 100 list:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/top50MM
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