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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
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Oct 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: grades-10-and-up, biography, humor, grade-10, grades-11-12
Read in October, 2010

I can’t remember ever reading a funnier book that disgusted me in so many different ways. First the fun: there are dozens of lines here that made me laugh. The chapter titles alone are enough to remind me: “Picka Pocketoni” “Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities” “A Shiner Like a Diamond” and “I Almost Saw This Girl Get Killed” are my favorites. Sedaris has great timing, a hilarious self-centered view of multidimensional failure, and a demented family to stock his stories.

Now, the disgust: Sedaris swears a lot, but not nearly so much as his fireplug brother. He rarely shades his more graphic descriptions – whether medical, gastronomical, or sexual. And he shares extensive and disturbingly fond details of his prior drug addictions.

Sedaris does not talk pretty of much of anything. If he did, I wouldn’t have laughed nearly as much.

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