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Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
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Nov 26, 2010

really liked it
Read from November 24 to 26, 2010

A book of short stories and essays that cover all kinds of subjects. It includes his most famous essay, "The SantaLand Diaries", about Sedaris' stint as a Christmas elf at the Herald Square Macy's. His short stories include the very funny "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 2", written by a young man who can apply the word "homophobia" to about anything, including his boyfriend. The title story is about a guy who finds the angry letters his mother had written, but not mailed, to he and his sisters after her death.

I had read Sedaris' other books and thought that all of his writing was humorous, and some of these stories are very funny, but others deal with death, obsession and poverty. Sedaris moves from one subject to the next with an ease that seems effortless. Recommended.
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Carolyn F. I keep meaning to read this book - someday!

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