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2.0 out of 5 stars If there's a single Sedaris here, I didn't find him, 2 July 2014
This review is from: The Moth: This Is a True Story (Paperback)
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As an aficionado of life writing and short forms I was greatly looking forward to this. Ah well - I guess you had to be there

Actually, Sedaris is a case in point. I can't abide his broadcasts (that voice! those audiences!) On the page his bile is sometimes - not always - cherishable. There's no bile here. This is Reader's Digest territory, sentimental even when on Death Row. To take the case of one contributor, Adam Gopnik's family saga Paris to the Moon is pleasingly wry, and while I'm sure in context the piece chosen here would be fine, on its own it's just ick-making

Perhaps that word 'extraordinary' on the cover should have wised us up (though the American original just says 'true'). Given the wealth of material at her disposal, the buck stops squarely with the compiler. Her background is in TV, which I don't watch myself. I have to say that on amazon.com no one has given this less than a three, so my view (a grudging 1.6, folks!) may be safely dismissed; if you think you're the kind of person who might like this, you probably are. Apparently Reader's Digest reaches more readers with household incomes of $100,000+ than Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and Business Week combined. (Pity the time-poor.) And there was me thinking it had gone belly-up
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