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Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Sedaris, David
ISBN: 0316154733     ISBN-13: 9780316154734
Publisher: Back Bay Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: May 2018
Annotation: An anthology of personal favorite diary entries by the best-selling author of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls features excerpts that have inspired his famed autobiographical essays and shares insights into the intimate arenas of his life. Reprint. AB. K. LJ. NYT. PW.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Humorists, American; 20th century; Diaries.
Gay men; United States; Diaries.
BISAC Categories:
- Humor | Form
- Biography & Autobiography | Personal Memoirs
Dewey: 818/.5402
LCCN: bl2018086218
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.50" (0.96 lbs) 514 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): David Sedaris is the author of the books Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 March #2)

This American Life and New Yorker humorist Sedaris (Naked) displays the raw material for his celebrated essays with these scintillating excerpts from his personal journals. Sedaris collects entries stretching back to his penniless salad days working odd jobs (apple picker, construction worker, house cleaner, a now-famous stint as a Christmas elf), hanging out at the International House of Pancakes and wrestling half-heartedly with drink and drugs. He moves on to his breakthrough as a memoirist and playwright and then to later embroilments and obsessions, including a fixation on feeding flies to pet spiders. Here as elsewhere, Sedaris is a latter-day Charlie Chaplin: droll, put-upon but not innocent, and besieged by all sorts of obstreperous or menacing folks. The frequent appearance of colorful weirdos spouting pithy dialogue may strike some readers as unlikely to be entirely true. But Sedaris's storytelling, even in diary jottings, is so consistently well-crafted and hilarious that few will care whether it's embroidered. (May)

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