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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls Hardcover – 23 Apr 2013


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  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company (23 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316154695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316154697
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Sedaris lives in Paris. Raised in North Carolina, he has worked as a housecleaner and most famously, as a part-time elf for Macy's. Several of his plays have been produced, and he is a regular contributor to ESQUIRE and Public Radio International's 'This American Life'.

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A new roundup of personal essays from the No. 1 bestselling writer Time named America's Favourite Humorist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G K Kinsky on 22 April 2013
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Sock Rockingly Good. Mr Sedaris may not view himself as a sportsman but he hits it out of the park with his latest book.

There is something about a Sedaris which has one getting comfy in ones chair and settling down to finish it in one sitting. Cups of tea grow cold as one just enjoys.

There is always an element of the grotesque to Sedaris stories. However, in this latest book the lens which Sedaris turns on humanity is in rather softer focus. This is not to say that Sedaris has lost his edge but rather that he has gained an appreciation of charm.

A must buy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 May 2013
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David Sedaris is a best-selling humorist, essayist and story teller. This collection of 26 pieces include 6 that are fictional and are less successful than the hilarity contained in his observational accounts. The absurdities of life on his travels features planes, trains and cabs. Experiences with dentists, taxidermists, litter, a visit to a zoo, drunkenness, a drug accompanied colonoscopy are amusing examples of his subject matter given the Sedaris treatment with touches of rudeness and exaggeration.

Everyday common events are viewed with his personal self-deprecating approach that inevitably provokes laughter. His autobiographical perspectives on his childhood in North Carolina are not shirked nor are less than affectionate references to his family;father in particular is targetted in almost vengeful terms. These are often appropriate, comical and poignant.

This is a book full of stories that can raise a laugh and chuckle on repeat readings as well as aspects of his humour missed on first encounter. Very funny and recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mithras on 10 May 2013
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I first heard David Sedaris on BBC Radio 4 about 2 years back. I have yet to hear, in this millennium, anyone funnier. I love his work. This book is pure genius, as are his earlier publications. More please!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2014
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This collection of 19 essays and six monologues contains some material familiar to those who listen to David Sedaris's successful Radio 4 show, although there was much here that was new to me. I found the collection a little slow to get going and didn't enjoy the earlier pieces as much as I did the latter ones, while the targets of some of the monologues (specifically included as he'd met a number of teenagers looking for pieces to perform for school) a little too broad for me to really enjoy the humour. That said there were some essays where I genuinely laughed out loud (particularly one where Sedaris finds himself on the verge of buying the skeleton of a murdered pygmy and one where he succumbs to his father's demand that he get a colonoscopy) and I've always enjoyed Sedaris's willingness to reveal his own foibles and shallowness. For that reason, I will pick up his back catalogue as I eagerly await his next collection.

Of the monologues, my favourite was JUST A QUICK EMAIL, which I'd previously heard Sedaris perform on radio but still had me in stitches. It's a thank you note for a wedding gift of vouchers for 2 free pizzas but the way Sedaris slowly draws out the background to it is exquisitely done and has a great punchline. By contrast, I BREAK FOR TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE and IF I RULED THE WORLD are a bit herring-in-a-barrel for someone of Sedaris's talents - each involves a right-wing Christian protagonist objecting to liberal policies on gay marriage, abortion etc and I didn't really see the satire in picking on such easy targets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Applecake on 13 Dec. 2013
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It's not uniformly funny all the way through, but when he hits the mark he is so hilarious you don't mind all the misses along the way. My favourite was when he goes to a taxidermist who sees into his dark soul - laugh out loud funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steph on 21 May 2013
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I love David Sedaris' writing. I find myself re-reading his books and ending up liking bits that I wasn't particularly keen on to start with. I absolutely love 'When you are engulfed in flames', but when I first read it I didn't think it was as good as his other work. Now it is my favourite by far. I think the same will happen with this collection of stories. To my mind there is just no one above him! His outlook is just amazing!
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2013
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I always think I will make a David Sedaris book last. Because his books consist of little essays, snippets, gobbets of exquisite writing - what you will, I fondly imagine myself dipping into the book here and there, just stopping after one segment and saving the next for when I need a lift. This, inevitably, never happens, as I cannot resist his writing and end up reading it all in one sitting.

With this book I managed to savour the first three essays in the manner I had imagined. The rest I finished yesterday in one mad, headlong rush.

Still brilliant, still poignant, still hilarious, laugh out loud stuff. Not a bum note in the whole collection.
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David Sedaris returns with a collection of his fameous journal-style essays on relationships, romance and culture. He also includes six forensics-style fiction pieces intended to highlight political issues. These are interspersed throughout 'Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls' and make for an uneven startling read, as the 'voice' changes without any warning (e.g. from David's voice to a middle-aged American Republican mother). Despite this uneven quality, LEDWO is a page-turner with many laugh-out-loud moments. When he writes about emmigrating and immigrating, Sedaris is in his prime. Well worth a read.
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