Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

Paperback | June 1, 1995

byDavid Sedaris

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In David Sedaris's world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. Sedaris's collection of essays and stories is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen.

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Short stories and essays by an apartment cleaner and a popular commentator for National Public Radio come to life in this edition of Barrel Fever. The stories featured highlight the absurd behavior of modern Americans, such as the suburban dad who saves money by performing surgery at home.

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In David Sedaris's world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. Sedaris's collection of essays and stories is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite ...

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, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively though Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in France

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316779423

ISBN - 13:9780316779425

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over the top I’ve always considered myself a Sedaris fan, but as I go back to his earlier works, like Barrel Fever, I find myself disappointed. I made it only about half-way through this one, which was chock-full of gay male adolescent melodrama. The fun part was that it reminded me of my gay, guy friends in high-school. However, one can only take so much of that kind of whining.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rolling in the Aisles!! David Sedar's Barrel Fever is a laugh out loud riot! This is his debut book, and each short story is even more hillarious than the last! Who knew that a suicide note could be so funny? Or how about a bitter Christmas family newsletter? Sedaris' twisted humour will make you literally laugh right out of your seat. It's an easy read, and a very enjoyable one at that. The best book from Sedari's body of work to date, in my opinion!
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Barrel Fever This is a biting satire of everthing we hold dear...From Trailer Trash Funerals to Mike Tyson love affairs...I throughly enjoyed Barrel Fever- laughing till I cried- and Crying till I wept. I would recommend this book to anyone who has nothing sacred...it was funny, touching, and just a plain good read.
Date published: 2001-01-19

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Short stories and essays by an apartment cleaner and a popular commentator for National Public Radio come to life in this edition of Barrel Fever. The stories featured highlight the absurd behavior of modern Americans, such as the suburban dad who saves money by performing surgery at home.