Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
Open iTunes to Buy
David Sedaris' new collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes ("There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch") and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist ("The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever") to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris' career leads him to New York City and eventually, of all places, France. His move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter.
Very, very funny
If you want to laugh, David Sedaris is the man for the job. All of his books should be required reading, but if I had to pick just one, it would be Me Talk Pretty One Day. While the book is funny to read, it's even funnier to hear the author read it to you.
David Sedaris is one of the few writers that make me laugh out loud and guffaw. His descriptions and life experiences seem too good to be true. I love this book, as well as Naked, And Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. All funny and he is just adorable.