Barrel Fever and Other Stories (Abridged Nonfiction)
by David Sedaris
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In David Sedaris' world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris' collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves. David Sedaris made his debut on NPR's Morning Edition with "SantaLand Diaries", recounting his strange-but-true experiences as an elf at Macy's, and soon became one of the show's most popular commentators. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen.
Feverishly funny, twisted and tormented
If you've not listened to David Sedaris before, you haven't lived life to its fullest. Download now, and know that you are going to be wildly entertained! Sedaris takes what is everyday stuff (you'll recognize his stories immediately from your own life), and dissects them from a hilarious point of view. You'll find yourself saying (in between laughs), "He is so right!", and "Exactly!". You'll also wish that your view of these common everday events was as wickedly funny as David's. I've read all of David's books, and after each (when I've finally composed myself), I pray for more...I also am ready to look out again at the world around me with a fresh eye. Not many writers of this calibre!
Not as good as his other books. Still funny, and worth the purchase
Sedaris nails it again!
Memoirs are always best read by the author, rather than to read yourself. Sedaris, like Seinfeld, can make the most mundane situation hilarious. The only concern I have is when I downloaded from iTunes it did not do under my audiobooks. I had a difficult time finding it as first.