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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Sedaris Narrator: David Sedaris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781594836855
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Me Talk Pretty One Day contains far more than just the funniest collection of autobiographical essays, it registers as a manifesto about language itself. Wherever there’s a straight line, you can be sure Sedaris lurks beneath the text, making it jagged with laughter. And just where the fault lines fall, he sits mischievously perched at the epicenter of it all.

No medium available to mankind is spared his cultural vision, no family member (even the dynasties of family pets) is forgotten in these pages of sardonic memories of Sedaris’ numerous incarnations in North Carolina, Chicago, New York, and France.

One essay, punctuated by a conspicuous absence of s’s and plurals, introduces the lisping young fifth-grader David “Thedarith,” who arms himself with a thesaurus, learns every non-sibilant word in the lexicon, eludes his wily speech therapy teacher, and amazes his countrified North Carolina teachers with his out-of-nowhere and man-size vocabulary.

By an ironic twist of fate, readers find present-day Sedaris in France, where only now, after all these years, he must cling safely to just plural nouns so as to avoid assigning the wrong genders to French objects. Even the strictest of grammarians won’t be able to look at the parts of speech in the same way after exposing themselves to the linguistic phenomena of Sedarisian humor.

What David Sedaris has to say about language classes, his brother’s gangsta-rap slang, typewriters, computers, audiobooks, movies, and even restaurant menus is sure to unleash upon the world a mad rash of pocket-dictionary-toting nouveau grammarians who bow their heads to a new, inverted word order.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Original, acid, and wild.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Funny…touching, even tender.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It’s no wonder Sedaris is in such demand as a beacon of comic sanity in a terminally chic world.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Sedaris is Garrison Keillor’s evil twin: like the Minnesota humorist, Sedaris 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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The world’s most eloquent malcontent.”

    Amazon.com, review

  • “David Sedaris’ deadpan delivery is the perfect foil to the bizarre in his latest collection of essays, and it’s hard to imagine another reader recounting these unlikely anecdotes…He is at his best when he’s describing the absurdity of childhood, moments so unexpectedly strange and yet recognizable, like Sedaris’ boyhood dream of performing a one-man show as Billie Holiday singing commercial jingles that they prompt gleeful, giddy laughter.”


  • “Naughty good fun from an impossibly sardonic rogue, quickly rising to Twainian stature.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
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About the Author
Author David Sedaris

David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively through Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in England.