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Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
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Sep 16, 11


I'm a bit of a Sedaris virgin but I'd heard great things so I went in with fairly high expectations. Overall, this collection isn't so bad. None of the stories are bad, but they're not fantastically funny either. I will say, this review would have received a lower review if not for 1 story and 1 essay in this collection. The story "Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" and the essay "SantaLand Diaries" completely save the collection. I found both to be crazy funny and I found myself laughing out loud many times.

If you're going to give this collection a try, I recommend trudging through the first part. You'll have a moment of giggles when you hit Season's Greetings and if you can get to the last piece in the collection, SantaLand, I promise you will be greatly rewarded. You'll also never look at Macy's around Christmastime the same way again.
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