Sedaris’s dark humor thrives on life’s crisis moments, and his new collection of essays—the first in five years—is a devastatingly funny look at aging, mortality, and, of course, family. As in his classic Me Talk Pretty One Day and Barrel Fever, Sedaris’s writing is by turns irreverent and poignant. He recounts his bout with skin cancer, reflects on elderly strangers he sees during his travels, and chronicles family gatherings at his Carolina beach house, Sea Section. There he and his siblings banter with each other but also recall their mother’s alcoholism, their sister’s suicide, and worry over their crotchety father’s erratic behavior. Will Sedaris follow in those paternal footsteps? Already he’s finding his life is made up of more past than future, but all of it sharply observed and presented with Sedaris’s signature wit and startling profundity.
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David Sedaris may well be the closest thing the literary world has these days to a rock starhis speaking engagements are now consistently standing-room-only, a far cry from his early days as a housecleaner in New York City. Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of his job as a Macys elf clad in green tights, reading his SantaLand Diaries on National Public Radios Morning Edition. His sardonic wit and incisive social critique have since made him one of Americas pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which Sedaris slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day, both of which became immediate bestsellers. Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name The Talent Family and have written several plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobblers Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service. His essays appear regularly in Esquire and The New Yorker. Sedaris original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ in Chicago. In 2001, David Sedaris became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was named by Time magazine as Humorist of the Year in 2001. His book Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim was published in June 2004, and an anthology of stories, Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories, edited by David Sedaris, was published in April 2005. In 2005, David Sedaris was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album ("Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim") and Best Comedy Album ("David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall").