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David Sedaris

Autor(a) de Me Talk Pretty One Day

62+ Works 83,181 Membros 1,793 Críticas 583 Favorited

About the Author

David Sedaris was born in Binghamton, New York on December 26, 1956, but he grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Much of Sedaris' humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of North Carolina. He graduated from the mostrar mais Art Institute of Chicago in 1987. He is a popular radio commentator, essayist, and short story writer. He held many part-time and odd jobs before getting a job reading excerpts from his diaries on National Public Radio in 1992. His first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, was published in 1994. His other works include Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), and Calypso. Me Talk Pretty One Day won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2001. He has also written several plays with his sister Amy Sedaris including Stump the Host, Stitches, and The Little Frieda Mysteries. In 2014 her title, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Oliver DelaCruz, November 19, 2005


Obras por David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000) 20,885 exemplares
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004) 13,107 exemplares
Naked (1997) 12,217 exemplares
When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) — Narrador, algumas edições8,998 exemplares
Holidays on Ice: Stories (1997) 7,499 exemplares
Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays (1994) 5,353 exemplares
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls (2013) 3,379 exemplares
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (2010) 3,293 exemplares
Calypso (2018) 2,149 exemplares
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (2017) 1,394 exemplares
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (2005) — Editor; Introdução — 1,199 exemplares
SantaLand Diaries (1998) 671 exemplares
The Best of Me (2020) 583 exemplares
Happy-Go-Lucky (2022) 554 exemplares
The Book of Liz (2002) 276 exemplares
The David Sedaris Box Set (2000) 133 exemplares
Themes and Variations (2020) 120 exemplares
Van je familie moet je het hebben (2010) 77 exemplares
Me Talk Pretty One Day [abridged] (2001) 70 exemplares
Naked [abridged] (2001) 61 exemplares
The Ultimate David Sedaris (2006) 36 exemplares
Fuselfieber / Nackt. Doppelband (1999) 9 exemplares
Hundeleben (2002) 5 exemplares
Naked / Me Talk Pretty One Day (2017) 2 exemplares
Innocents Abroad 2 exemplares
Do I Sound Gay? 2 exemplares
Cuor contento il ciel lo aiuta (2023) 2 exemplares
Two Classic Stories (2014) 2 exemplares
Pretty Ugly (TOON Books) (2024) 1 exemplar
The Best of Me 1 exemplar
Letting Go 1 exemplar
Karácsony jéggel (2004) 1 exemplar
Sedaris David 1 exemplar
Farm 1 exemplar
NPR Holiday Favorites (2009) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Lincoln in the Bardo (2017) — Narrador, algumas edições5,577 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 743 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 739 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002 (2002) — Contribuidor — 593 exemplares
Jenny and the Jaws of Life: Short Stories (1987) — Prefácio, algumas edições366 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 339 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 (2010) — Introdução — 298 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 287 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 225 exemplares
Paris Was Ours (2011) — Contribuidor — 219 exemplares
Strange Stories for Strange Kids (2001) — Contribuidor — 211 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 210 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 205 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2002 (2002) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
This Is NPR: The First Forty Years (2010) — Contribuidor — 184 exemplares
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contribuidor — 157 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
Man of My Dreams: Provocative Writing on Men Loving Men (1996) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2009 (2009) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry (2009) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina (2019) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Sedaris, David Raymond
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Johnson City, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
New York, New York, USA
Paris, France
London, England, UK
Rackham, West Sussex, England, UK
Kent State University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BA|1987)
Sedaris, Amy (sister)
Hamrick, Hugh (partner)
New Yorker
Prémios e menções honrosas
Honorary Doctorate (Binghamton University, 2008)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (2019)
Terry Southern Prize for Humor (2018)
Thurber Prize for American Humor (2001)
Jonathan Swift Internationaler Literaturpreis für Satire und Humor (2019)
Time Humorist of the Year Award (2001) (mostrar todos 7)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal for Spoken Language (2018)
Steven Barclay Agency

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David Raymond Sedaris (born December 26, 1956) is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized 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. He is the brother and writing collaborator of actor Amy Sedaris.

Much of Sedaris's humor is ostensibly autobiographical and self-deprecating and often concerns his family life, his middle-class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, his Greek heritage, homosexuality, jobs, education, drug use, and obsessive behaviors, and his life in France, London, and the English South Downs



I love David Sedaris, he has such dry, wry wit. But this has to be my least favorite book of his. It's not as funny, and he comes off as a real jerk in most of the stories. I listened to the audiobook which is the best way to get the full Sedaris experience! He and his sister, Amy, do all the narration which is fantastic. This collection isn't the most uplifting holiday read, in fact save for the first story, it's barely a holiday read at all. But I will read anything by Sedaris, so even though it's not my favorite, it's still worth a listen!… (mais)
ecataldi | 192 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
When it comes to David Sedaris, audiobooks are always better than print ones. Especially since he is the one narrating. It feels good to get a Sedaris book from time to time and listen to his take on life. I can even hear his comments as I go about my own day, for example when the cashier at the grocery store asks about my plans for the weekend. Sedaris is insightful and entertaining.
But Mr. Sedaris: I really did not need to hear what you did with your lipoma. That was a little too much information.… (mais)
BerrinSerdar | 111 outras críticas | Dec 5, 2023 |
Pretty in Paris

Oh to be the partner of Hugh Hamrick and to explore Paris. I’m jealous.

David Sedaris is the funniest humorist I’ve come across in years. I can listen to him narrate his short stories again and again and they never lose their humor. Sheer genius.

Me Talk Pretty Some Day needs to be listened to. Sedaris narrares the short stories in this collection which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2001. I’m not sure how it would come across in print, but Sedaris is clearly a performer.

While the stories range from learning French in situ, to family matters to living in New York, those revolving around his attempt at fluency in French are the best. Sedaris is completely incapable of learning French. He just doesn’t get the language. He’s flummoxed by the nouns having genders for example. He tries all sorts of gimmicks to try to remember the sex of various objects.

‘Hoping to learn by repetition, I tried using nouns’ gender in my everyday English. ‘Hi guys,” I’d say, opening a new box of paperclip, or “Hey you, have you seen my belt? I can’t find her anywhere.”.’

He joins a French beginners class, with immigrants from countries in Bosnia and Middle Eastern war zones. The teacher is sarcastic and belittles her hapless charges.

‘My only comfort was that I was not alone. Hurdled in the doorways and making the most of our pathetic French my fellow students and I engaged in conversation currently overheard in refugee camps.
“Sometime me cry alone at night.”
“That be common for me also.”
“But be more strong you. Much work and some day you talk pretty. People start love you too, maybe tomorrow, OK.”’

The French stories are interspersed with 19th century French carousel music. The book is a gem.

I highly recommend this book for anyone suffering illness or depression, for first-time visitors to Paris, for those of us who notice those Americans who think there are two syllables in “pen”.

And for lovers everywhere.
… (mais)
kjuliff | 359 outras críticas | Dec 4, 2023 |
Even a bitter Sedaris is still funny
Review of the Little, Brown & Company audiobook edition (May 31, 2022) narrated by the author, released simultaneously with the Little, Brown & Company hardcover original.

The terrible shame about the pandemic in the United States is that more than 800,000 people have died to date, and I didn’t get to choose a one of them.

Happy-Go-Lucky consists of 18 recent David Sedaris monologues/mini-memoir-essays, some of them recorded in live performances. Themes and Variations (2020) appeared earlier as an Amazon Original Story which I reviewed as Funny as Ever.

Several of the essays relate to the COVID lockdown era and overall there seemed to be a more bitter and curmudgeonly tone to many of them. Topics included COVID, American gun culture, mortality and death esp. the passing of Sedaris' own father etc. So there were some rather grim areas where the humour is darker than usual.

Where I live now, in the UK, it’s hard to get a rifle and next to impossible to secure a handgun. Yet somehow, against all odds, British people feel free. Is it that they don’t know what they’re missing? Or is the freedom they feel the freedom of not being shot to death in a classroom or shopping mall or movie theater?

In any case, I've been a long-term Sedaris fan and am ready to keep following him down the darker roads as well.

You Want it Darker by Leonard Cohen.
… (mais)
alanteder | 19 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |



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Dorothy Parker Contributor
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Chip Kidd Cover designer
Georg Deggerich Translator
Harry Rowohlt Translator
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