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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls [Large Print] [Hardcover]

David Sedaris
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23 April 2013
From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company; Lrg edition (23 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316233919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316233910
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,534,718 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 dazzling collection (Mail on Sunday) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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 the Audio CD edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Sedaris Hits it Out of the Park !! 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Entertainment 24 May 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer exscellence! 10 May 2013
By Mithras
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh out loud! 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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By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant! 21 May 2013
By Steph
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love love this book 12 May 2013
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love the author- laugh out loud funny- my only regret is how quickly I read it and ignored my family the entire time- hated to reach the end
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it 15 Aug 2014
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Having only just discovered the author earlier this week, I had to try one of his books. Hearing him on radio for the first time, I wondered why nobody had told me about him before. Come on people, you know how much I enjoy comedy. An added bonus is that he has a home on the other side of the South Downs from me, so maybe I'll bump into him strolling round Chichester one day. Although when I saw Terry Pratchett, I was too embarrassed to say anything.
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Published 1 day ago by F. McGarry
5.0 out of 5 stars BLESS THE BBC....AND MR SEDARIS
BBC Radio 4 comedy is worth the license fee alone in my opinion. So much great comedy and thankfully it introduced me to this genius, a sort of cross between Alan Bennett and Woody... Read more
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Published 6 days ago by SusieG
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sedaris. Astute observation of the people around him ...
Classic Sedaris. Astute observation of the people around him and telling the stories without being nasty. Has inspired me to write my own monographs - one day.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. A. Cleave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great buy -- well worth it -- even if you've not got Diabetes
Published 11 days ago by Richard Watson7
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've only heard him on Radio 4, this will suprise you
Sharper and ruder than David Sedaris on the radio, but just as clever and extremely funny.
Published 14 days ago by S. Willans
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, painfully sad in places
Very funny, painfully sad in places, as the best comedy often is. I enjoyed this, but gave it to a friend who couldn't continue reading as she found the subjects covered too close... Read more
Published 26 days ago by MaryL
5.0 out of 5 stars It was as funny reading it as it was hearing it
I saw David Sedaris at a radio reading of this book but had forgotten this when I bought it. It was as funny reading it as it was hearing it. Read more
Published 27 days ago by jaybee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
David Sedaris is lovely. Owls is lovely.
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