David Sedaris

in Binghamton, New York, The United States
December 26, 1956



David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand Diaries." He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) have become New York Times Best Sellers.

As of 2008, his books have collectively sold seven million copies. Much of Sedaris' humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North

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David Sedaris Takes a Vacation, Today's Classical Music Picks, 'The Broadcast 41'

David Sedaris joins us to discuss his new book, Calypso. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves. Instead, he realizes that it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.


Clemency Burton-Hill joins us to offer her thoughts on the best classical music for the day.


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Me Talk Pretty One Day

3.98 avg rating — 573,449 ratings — published 2000 — 69 editions
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4.09 avg rating — 221,964 ratings — published 1997 — 4 editions
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Dress Your Family in Cordur...

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Holidays on Ice

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SantaLand Diaries

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Barrel Fever

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A ...

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October 2010, David Sedaris
"A self-proclaimed magnet for crazy people, the humorist talks about his new work of short fiction, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, and the grossest nature videos you can find on YouTube." ...More

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“If you're looking for sympathy you'll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.”
David Sedaris, Barrel Fever

“Sometimes the sins you haven't committed are all you have left to hold onto.”
David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames

“Everyone looks retarded once you set your mind to it.”
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