Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

By David Sedaris
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company, (4/23/2013)

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A new collection of essays from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who has been called "the preeminent humorist of his generation" (Entertainment Weekly).

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.
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Nick's thoughts on "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls"
updated on:6/28/2013

I have to start this review with a sad admission. I had never read a David Sedaris book before. I say this is sad because after reading Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, I discovered I've wasted a lot of time NOT reading his work. His writing somehow manages to be clever, insightful, disturbing and hilarious all the same time. The book is basically a collection of strange stories and essays touching on a vast array of subjects ranging from sanitation in China to his tales of growing up as a complete oddball in a conservative family in North Carolina. There are several standout stories, but the one where he visits a bizarre taxidermy shop in London had to be my favorite. It's impossible to describe Sedaris or his stories, but I think what makes it work so brilliantly is the fact that he seems to write without a filter. Here is a man very in touch with his own quirkiness and is able to communicate in such a way that brings his readers into his world. Having not read his other books yet (and I intend to now), I don't know how this work compares with this more high-profile books like Naked or Me Talk Pretty One Day, but it's definitely worth checking out. You may find yourself laughing aloud, as I did.


"Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls"
By David Sedaris

Average Rating:
5.00 out of 5 (1 Clubie's ratings)

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David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's "This American Life." He is the author of the books Dress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimMe Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and Barrel Fever

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