I think this book is going to have to be one of the most reviewed on the Cannonball this year, so I had to make sure it made my list too. I have always found David Sedaris to be an interesting writer. Though I do understand why certain readers find him frustrating (“But nothing happens in these stories ARRRRGGGGHHHH”), to me, his writing style has always been so engaging that I really don’t care what he’s writing about. Case in point here would be his first essay on his experiences with French dentistry. To me, a Sedaris novel feels like a conversation with a friend that you see often – you really don’t have anything particularly interesting to say to one another, but pleasure is found in the conversation itself.
I must admit that this collection of stories does feel more like a throwaway than previous collections – there weren’t any stories here that completely stopped me in my tracks. That said, I did still read this compulsively and did enjoy it.
I agree with many of the other reviewers that this is probably not the best Sedaris book to start with for a new reader – I would suggest Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – but definitely worth a read for everyone else.