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Me talk pretty one day
Sedaris, David.
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First edition.
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Boston : Little, Brown & Co., [2000]

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272 pages ; 22 cm
Go Carolina -- Giant dreams, midget abilities -- Genetic engineering -- Twelve moments in the life of the artist -- You can't kill the rooster -- The youth in Asia -- The learning curve -- Big boy -- The great leap forward -- Today's special -- City of angels -- A shiner like a diamond -- -- See you again yesterday -- Me talk pretty one day -- Jesus shaves -- The tapeworm is in -- Make that a double -- Remembering my childhood on the continent of Africa -- 21 down -- The city of light in the dark -- I pledge allegiance to the bag -- Picka Pocketoni -- I almost saw this girl get killed -- Smart guy -- The late show -- I'll eat what he's wearing.
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A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. You Cant Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors. Sedaris is an amazing reader whose appearances draw hundreds, and his performancesincluding a jaw-dropping impression of Billie Holiday singing I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weinerare unforgettable. Sedariss essays on living in Paris are some of the funniest hes ever written. At last, someone even meaner than the French! The sort of blithely sophisticated, loopy humour that might have resulted if Dorothy Parker and James Thurber had had a love child. Entertainment Weekly on Barrel Fever Sidesplitting Not one of the essays in this new collection failed to crack me up; frequently I was helpless. The New York Times Book Review on Naked

Author Notes

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 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, and Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). 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) David Sedaris recently moved from New York to Paris. Raised in North Carolina, he has worked as a housecleaner &, most famously, as a part-time elf for Macy's. Several of his plays have been produced, & he is a regular contributor to Public Radio International's "This American Life." His essays have been featured in "The New Yorker", "Harper's", & "Esquire". He is the author of the books "Barrel Fever", "Naked", & "Holidays on Ice".

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Sedaris' great gift is in taking the minor embarrassments of everyday life and hyperbolizing them until they puff up into fluffy soufflés of wit, misanthropy, and mortification. In his previous essay collection, Naked (1997), Sedaris cooked up stories about his childhood in suburban North Carolina as a gay, sheltered adolescent with an overly active imagination. This one starts with his time as an artist in New York, then shifts to his new life in France, where he lives with his boyfriend, Hugh. Sedaris' irony always cuts deepest when he's writing as a complete outsider, and it's the French pieces where his humor is most honed. Taking French language classes, he fails at even the most commonplace interactions, and feels like a failure in the eyes of his strict teacher, who tells him, Every day spent with you is like having a cesarean section. There are big laughs here, and with each one Sedaris elicits from his readers, he proves that his gifts transcend his early material and that his humiliation is hilarious in any language.--Eberle, Jerry Copyright 2008 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sedaris is Garrison Keillor's evil twin: like the Minnesota humorist, Sedaris (Naked) focuses on the icy patches that mar life's sidewalk, though the ice in his work is much more slippery and the falls much more spectacularly funny than in Keillor's. Many of the 27 short essays collected here (which appeared originally in the New Yorker, Esquire and elsewhere) deal with his father, Lou, to whom the book is dedicated. Lou is a micromanager who tries to get his uninterested children to form a jazz combo and, when that fails, insists on boosting David's career as a performance artist by heckling him from the audience. Sedaris suggests that his father's punishment for being overly involved in his kids' artistic lives is David's brother Paul, otherwise known as "The Rooster," a half-literate miscreant whose language is outrageously profane. Sedaris also writes here about the time he spent in France and the difficulty of learning another language. After several extended stays in a little Norman village and in Paris, Sedaris had progressed, he observes, "from speaking like an evil baby to speaking like a hillbilly. `Is thems the thoughts of cows?' I'd ask the butcher, pointing to the calves' brains displayed in the front window." But in English, Sedaris is nothing if not nimble: in one essay he goes from his cat's cremation to his mother's in a way that somehow manages to remain reverent to both of the departed. "Reliable sources" have told Sedaris that he has "tended to exhaust people," and true to form, he will exhaust readers of this new book, tooDwith helpless laughter. 16-city author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Sedaris, noted essayist and NPR radio commentator, is a master at turning his life experiences into witty vignettes that both entertain and comment on the human condition. This latest collection draws on his quirky childhood in North Carolina, where he was subjected to speech therapy sessions to correct his lisp; he countered by conveniently avoiding words that contained "s" sounds. Additional family recollections include his father's desire to create a jazz combo from his offspringÄunfortunately, none of them exhibited any talent or desire to follow this career path, but Sedaris uses this opportunity to deliver a stellar Billie Holiday rendition. From there he moves onto a brief stint as a "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, where his unorthodox lesson plans included watching soap operas and having the students write "guessays" on what would happen in the next episode. Then it's on to New York and ultimately to France. Sedaris chronicles his attempts to learn French and the confusion experienced by people who don't share the same culture or language. A little sadder at times and overall a little less uproariously funny than in previous works, Sedaris remains the champion of the underdog. Once you listen to him read his own words, it's hard to imagine settling for just the book. Very highly recommended for all libraries.ÄGloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Go Carolinap. 3
Giant Dreams, Midget Abilitiesp. 16
Genetic Engineeringp. 32
Twelve Moments in the Life of the Artistp. 39
You Can't Kill the Roosterp. 60
The Youth in Asiap. 69
The Learning Curvep. 83
Big Boyp. 97
The Great Leap Forwardp. 100
Today's Specialp. 120
City of Angelsp. 125
A Shiner Like a Diamondp. 132
Nutcracker.comp. 142
2 See You Again Yesterdayp. 153
Me Talk Pretty One Dayp. 166
Jesus Shavesp. 174
The Tapeworm Is Inp. 181
Make That a Doublep. 187
Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africap. 192
21 Downp. 201
The City of Light in the Darkp. 205
I Pledge Allegiance to the Bagp. 211
Picka Pocketonip. 219
I Almost Saw This Girl Get Killedp. 228
Smart Guyp. 239
The Late Showp. 248
I'll Eat What He's Wearingp. 265

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