Paperback Abacus

By (author) David Sedaris

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  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 26mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0349119775
  • ISBN 13: 9780349119779
  • Sales rank: 3,974

Product description

A riotous collection of memoirs which explores the absurd hilarity of modern life and creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behaviour in 'A Plague of Tics' to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the company of lunatics. At this soulful and moving moment, he brushes cigarette ashes from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means. This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity leaving himself both under suspicion and over dressed.

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Author information

David Sedaris lives in Paris. Raised in North Carolina, he has worked as a housecleaner and most famously, as a part-time elf for Macy's. He is a regular contributor to Esquire and Public Radio International, and his essays have been featured in The New Yorker and Harper's.

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I just love Sedaris's stories. They're honest, funny and uncompromising, and they read as if they're effortless to write, which is a mark of how brilliantly crafted they are -- Rebecca Front A satirical brazenness that holds up next to Twain and Nathaneal West New YORKER Sidesplitting New York TIMES BOOK REVIEW Genuinely funny, at time hilarious ... Makes for a smashing use of audio as a unique entertainment medium ... Highly likable and spirited throughout PUBLISHERS WEEKLY