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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (88,984 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:
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When You Are Engulfed in Flames, a series of autobiographical essays, was written by humorist and self-styled wit David Sedaris.

From testing the boundary of romantic bonds when Hugh lances a pus filled blemish on his back, to stretching the limit of lethargy when he snatches water from a glass of flowers to fill the café maker after his water is shut off, David takes the most banal and strange memories to uncover new dimensions of empathy and terror among friends, foes, and family.

Ever had a cough drop fall from your mouth to a stranger's lap? Ever blocked the sunlight and twittering birds with records plastered over your window? Ever bought drugs from a peddler in a mobile park in North Carolina? Sedaris most certainly has.

Ending with a voyage to Japan in order to stop smoking, this number six addition to his series of autobiographical essays is one for which fans and critiques waited eagerly. Though it is acidic, it is also a wiser take on the absurdity of being alive. Like his other works, Sedaris will only continue to prompt, inspire, and entertain.

David Sedaris is an award winning author, humorist, and radio commentator. He came to public attention with his journalistic style Santaland Diaries, which was broadcast over public radio to a wide audience. Obsessive compulsive and bourgeoisie, he makes light of his former occupations, his family history, and does so with a keen eye for self-deprecation. His works have sold over eight million copies worldwide.

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again.

Sedaris tests the limits of love when his longtime partner, Hugh lances a boil from his backside and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine. From armoring windows with LP covers to protect his house from neurotic songbirds to the awkwardness of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a sleeping fellow passenger on a plane, David Sedaris uses life’s most bizarre moments to reach new heights in understanding love and fear, family and strangers. When You Are Engulfed in Flames culminates in a brilliantly funny (and never before published) account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s not just that Sedaris’ crisp prose is humorous. What makes his work a consistent joy to read is his deliciously skewed vision of the world, and his deadpan delivery.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The preeminent humorist of his generation.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Sedaris’ sparkling essays always shimmer.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This latest collection of 22 essays proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he’s also getting better.” 


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2008 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Valerie Owens | 2/10/2014

    " Truly funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cornelia (Corrie) | 2/9/2014

    " I love David Sedaris, always good for a laugh "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nora | 1/23/2014

    " odd man. interesting life. i have to be in the right mood to read him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lyricsninja | 1/22/2014

    " another decent offering from david sedaris. his quirky, twisting style was evident, although this one is a little less strong than some of his previous writings. it was a rather slow leisurely read for me, as there was nothing really compelling me to turn the pages, but it was indeed well written. i wouldnt read it a second time, but i would give it a positive nod if someone were to ask my opinion of it. "

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