Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316173889
0316173886
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 275 p.)

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DBRL_IdaF Oct 17, 2017

David Sedaris is one of the few authors for whom I seek out audio books over the printed versions. So much gets lost without his delivery.

Some of these pieces had me laughing so hard I nearly had to pull over the car. Others were...okay. I would like to let Mr. Sedaris know that there is a legally obtained taxidermied owl in the Columbia, MO Public Library.

Sedaris makes us laugh with often uncomfortable truths about ourselves and our world. If you don't care for vulgarity, well, you're probably not a Sedaris fan. But he only uses it to get at the reality of how we truly live.

My favorite essay in the piece involves flying, flight delays and flight attendants. To go for the obvious pun, it was a hoot. The last section of the book contains completely fictional pieces, and I have always found his fiction a little weaker than his essays. That said, the story about an American girl affecting a British persona was funny, moving and ultimately quite a sad reflection on adolescence

JCLAnneG Apr 01, 2017

He is funny as always. His satire bites a little more than I typically prefer. I enjoyed his personal essays quite a bit more than the ones he wrote for forensic classes.

PimaLib_KatherineB Aug 04, 2016

This was my first listening (reading) experience of any of David Sedaris' works. It was literally laugh out loud funny and his delivery style and ability to tell a story were captivating despite not really having any interest in his life. I'm quite certain he could read off his shopping list and I'd find it amusing. I'm looking forward to listening to his other books.

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slang123
Mar 24, 2016

I borrowed this book after reading a review that promised a laugh out loud experience. I returned it after struggling through the first 42 pages without so much as a smile.

alexander_cameron Feb 12, 2016

David Sedaris’s rare wit and unique perspectives have made him a star of print, stage, and radiophonic humour genres. His forty some essays in the “whichy thickets” of the New Yorker magazine, four plays, and four prior essay collections, have won him a list of honours. There is no point in trying to describe these works, whose themes range from the gratifying to the grotesque: only their dry, self-deprecating tone remains constant. There is even controversy as to whether they should be classed as non-fiction. But though they are often exaggerated for effect, they are intelligent and amusing observations of and from his very interesting life.

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MeWilliam
Feb 07, 2016

So I thought I knew this guy from NPR - funny voice, weird sense of humor, gay, and recently deceased. Halfway through the book and a little bored with it, I did a quick internet search and found out Sedaris was very much alive. David Raikoff was the dead guy. THE ONLY REASON I PICKED THIS BOOK WAS WRONG! Then I remembered this Billie Holiday impression and checked it out on YouTube. Sure enough, it was Sedaris. I had heard him before. Once I heard his voice again, the book was much better.

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danipohn
Sep 24, 2015

I laughed out loud so many times, and kept having to read parts out aloud to people around me. I would read it again.

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lonewolf8
Jun 29, 2015

A look at everyday life as well as a trip down memory lane. David Sedaris writes as he sees it, and is often laugh out loud funny. A fun easy read.

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njwillso
Aug 11, 2014

This book was not what I expected. I loved it! It was funny, and well writen. Filled with short essays based on Sedaris' life. Can't wait to read more books writen by this author.

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zkuhn19
Jul 19, 2014

Laughed out loud

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lonewolf8
Jun 29, 2015

As a child I assumed that when I reached adulthood, I would have grown-up thoughts. By this I meant that I would stop living in a fantasy world; that while standing in line for a hamburger or my shot at the ATM, I would not daydream about befriending a gorilla or inventing a pill that would make hair waterproof.

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lonewolf8
Jun 29, 2015

"Exposing yourself to a girl is one thing. Doing it to a boy, though-the guy would have to be perverted."

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lonewolf8
Jun 29, 2015

The iPhone 2 led to the 3, but I didn't get the 4 or 5 because I'm holding out for the 7, which, I've heard on good authority, can also be used as a Taser.

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lonewolf8
Jun 29, 2015

A collection of essays as well as a few fictional letters and a poem - a mashup of writings. The essays are about Sedaris's childhood, and life traveling as a writer and living now in England. Funny, touching, and smart.

Trevorja Jul 28, 2013

A pithy collection of Sedaris' worldly observations. A perfect summer read.

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