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Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day


Published: July 2008
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A brilliant, savage, hilarious new collection of writings from David Sedaris - it's as if Garrison Keillor's evil twin meets Woody Allen.

Anyone that has read Naked and Barrel Fever, or heard David Sedaris speaking live or on the radio will tell you that a new collection from him is cause for jubilation.

His recent move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious new pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that 'every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section'.

His family is another inspiration. You Can't 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 of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails.

About the Author

David Sedaris recently moved from New York to Paris. Raised in North Carolina, he has worked as a house cleaner and most famously, as a part-time elf for Macy's. Several of his plays have been produced, and his essays are featured regularly on BBC radio and in The New Yorker and Esquire.

Still keeps me company like a party guest who's been asked to spend the night... His essays about living in Paris are full of piss and vinegar and achingly funny. - Armistead Maupin

Audaciously combining memoir, essay, and what has to be fiction, this fourth collection of short pieces offers pleasures normally to be found only in the best novels and the rare standup act that is actually funny. - The New Yorker

He is, simply, very funny...refusing to find anything an unfit subject for humour. - Sunday Times

A sophisticatedly funny take on modern life. Treat yourself to this book. - Irish Times

David Sedaris

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay SantaLand Diaries. He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994.

Each of his four 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' humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it 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 partner, Hugh Hamrick.

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ISBN: 9780349113913
ISBN-10: 0349113912
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: July 2008
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1