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When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
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Nov 05, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: modern-culture-and-society, top-recommendations
Read in July, 2008

OH DAVE...just when I thought I had heard enough of your personal stories and anecdotes....I am blown out of the water and completely surprised.

After looking back at the previous Sedaris novels I found it interesting to see a more mature and more grownup Sedaris. What I did not find was Sedaris reaching as far for the shock and awe factor that is evident in Barrel Fever or Naked. Instead there is a new openness and rawness from Sedaris that is more endearing and provoking than previous writings. Maybe its the twinge of sadness I received when he talks about his mother's death or the fact that his once difunctional family does not appear to be all that disfunctional anymore; it appears that I as a reader have also grown and matured with Sedaris.

My biggest fear is that once David Sedaris decides to stop writing his personal memoirs I will have no more chuckle out loud moments while reading, which, in reflection, those moments where i chuckle and snort out loud are somewhat rare in regards to literature.


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courtney do you still have this book? i need humor.

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