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Summary

What could be a more tempting Christmas gift than a compendium of David Sedaris' best stories, selected by the author himself? From a spectacular career spanning almost three decades, these stories have become modern classics and are now for the first time collected in one volume.

The collection will also feature an introduction by the author; two never-before-collected stories, 'Unbuttoned' and 'Undecided'; and a new interview with David Sedaris.

Table of contents:

  • 'Glen's Homophobia Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 2'
  • 'Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol'
  • 'Christmas Means Giving'
  • 'The Incomplete Quad'
  • 'You Can't Kill the Rooster'
  • 'Me Talk Pretty One Day'
  • 'Jesus Shaves'
  • 'Us and Them'
  • 'Let It Snow'
  • 'The Ship Shape'
  • 'The Girl Next Door'
  • 'Repeat After Me'
  • 'Six to Eight Black Men'
  • 'Possession'
  • 'Nuit of the Living Dead'
  • 'The Understudy'
  • 'In the Waiting Room'
  • 'Solution to Saturday's Puzzle'
  • 'Town and Country'
  • 'The Cat and the Baboon'
  • 'The Motherless Bear'
  • 'The Faithful Setter'
  • 'Dentists Without Borders'
  • 'Think Differenter'
  • 'Memory Laps'
  • 'Loggerheads'
  • 'If I Ruled the World'
  • 'Easy, Tiger'
  • 'Laugh, Kookaburra'
  • 'A Guy Walks into a Bar Car'
  • 'Standing By'
  • 'Understanding Understanding Owls'
  • 'Now We Are Five'
  • 'A House Divided'
  • 'The Perfect Fit'
  • 'Leviathan'
  • 'A Modest Proposal'
  • 'Why Aren't You Laughing?'
  • 'The Spirit World'
  • 'Unbuttoned'
©2020 David Sedaris (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Touching, funny, brilliant.

I have never come across a David Sedaris story I didn't love. If I had to pick a favourite it might be Solution to Saturday's Puzzle. Hilarious. The comedy timing and gentle insight is nothing short of genius and it is the perfect short story. I often feel thankful for the shared snippets that paint the author in an imperfect light, showing his humanity and making me, the reader, feel better about my own.

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  • 16-03-21

Great introduction to David Sedaris

I’ve been a fan of David Sedaris for years but this is an excellent introduction to anyone who has not previously had the pleasure. A great collection of stories and essays, made all the more funny when narrated by David himself.

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  • 09-12-20

If you love David Sedaris

Then you love David Sedaris. His books, read by him, are the best way to consume them. Since my father introduced me to him via his BBC radio show ‘Meet David Sedaris’ I have been hooked. This volume is a wonderful trip down memory lane combined with more recent moments and topped with an interview. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook.

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For me, his best compilation of works.

As ever, beautifully read and written. Eloquence oozes from each and every sentence within all the stories from start to finish. And a great overall arc of his life.

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Excellent

Funny, clever, quirky. A joy to listen to. Brilliantly narrated by the author. I love David Sedaris!

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Thank you Thank you Thank you

What a gift this book has been. I’ve listened to it twice already. I’m a bigger DS fan than ever and have shared it with friends and family who are now devoted followers too. His signature performance style brings each word to life, and the expertly curated music between each piece sets just the right mood.

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Another masterpiece!

I just love David Sedaris's writing. This one does not disappoint. Hearing him read it is a wonderful bonus.

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Loved it

hilarious and entertaining. found I had to break up the listening as otherwise it was a bit like too much of a good thing and it passed me by but love it and essential for it to be heard in his voice.

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Mainly old stories, mainly depressing

Heard a few of David's stories on Radio 4, so thought this might be a good listen. There were a couple of entertaining anecdotes, but in the main, I found the tales at best dull, at worst, positively depressing.

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Fantastic

A total staple and wonderful grouping of stories. Some which I knew well and some which were new to me. David Sedaris is unbeatable.