Naked by David Sedaris


byDavid Sedaris

Kobo ebook | May 4, 2009

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In Naked, David Sedaris's message alternately rendered in Fakespeare, Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek is the same: pay attention to me.
Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in A Plague of Tics to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs 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 him both under suspicion and overdressed.
David Sedaris, born in Raleigh, N.C. in 1957, is a popular radio commentator, essayist, and short story writer. He is the partner of the painter Hugh Hamrick. Sedaris held many part-time and odd jobs before he moved to New York and got a job reading excerpts from his diaries on National Public Radio in 1991. In 1994, Little, Brown publ...
Title:NakedFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 4, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316073628

ISBN - 13:9780316073622

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it David Sedaris is so funny, I love his sense of humor, recently I went to a play based on his "Santaland diaries" - makes me want to reread all his books that are sitting on my book shelf.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud funny, and touching This book is probably my favourite of all of David's novels. If you've read Me Talk Pretty One Day, you know that's really saying something! I Naked, we get to learn about the author's siblings and their relationships with each other as well as their parents. I'd be amazed it anyone can get through this book without laughing. The chapter about his mother is one of the most loving, honest, funny and heartbreaking recollections I've ever read. The book is worth buying just for that. Fantastic read.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Probably his greatest collection of essays.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! David Sedaris is my favourite comedic writer. Another hilarious read!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun read! Classic David Sedaris, funny as always!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from People will think you're... ...lunatic if you read this book in public. Do not read on public transportation. And definitely not on an airplane. Truly, your fellow passengers will not take kindly to your unshared mirth and you are likely to laugh so much and so often that the flight attendants may put you on a watch list.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Naked I am addicted to Sedaris' stories there just so real and entertaining, I'm so planning on reading more.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so I’ve read “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” and loved them. This one, I didn’t love. Maybe he was still honing his style since this is an earlier work. I found it meandering and redundant at times. It was sporadically funny. However, the story with him on the bus is stellar.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay Not as laugh-out-loud funny as his other books.
Date published: 2013-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that funny This is a collection of autobiographical essays that are supposed to be hilarious. Unfortunately while I did find a couple amusing, hilarious they were not. Sedaris has led a very offbeat life and most of the essays evoked sympathy rather than humour. I also found Sedaris to be rather full of himself. To be honest, I am not a fan of short stories and that might have been a bit of the problem.
Date published: 2011-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful. As always, David Sedaris delivers in "Naked". Filled with bizarrely delightful vignettes, it's probably my favourite of all his books. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys raw, off-kilter humour
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from completely hilarious! only david sedaris could create a brilliant career out of simply writing stories about his life. his stories are hilarious and completely believable, honest and real. i can't wait to read more!
Date published: 2007-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literally laugh out loud I loved this book. It was a random book selection at an out of town bookstore. Since I read this book, I've also read another by the same author and can't wait to read my next one. This book will have you laughing out loud again and again, and this is not just a figure of speech here. The author brings up embarassing and humourous situations that I think most people can relate to on some level as well as allowing others to glimpse an experience they may never have in their life. I had to call my sister to read out loud an exerpt about the warnings the character's father shares with him about common tasks such as mowing the lawn. I laugh just remembering this part as well as others. I've sinced passed this book on to a couple of people who have all enjoyed it as much as I did and also felt the need to read out loud to others the parts that they could relate to. Embarassingly true on many accounts, I've found a new author to add to my favourites. I have selected this book to review as part of a penguin bzzreport.
Date published: 2006-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! David Sedaris is truly one of the great American writers. While I admit I have a penchant for books that make me laugh out loud, there is so much more to his writing. The subtext and commentary on middle class life is rich and scathing. I cannot possibly recommend this book any higher.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Offensive Tripe I read part of this book for my bookclub and couldn't go on to finish it. I found Sedaris' stories (whether real or not) to be absolutely crude and offensive. Trailer trash family comes to mind. They are dysfunctional, crude, sometimes obscene, and heartless. I found no redeeming qualities in this book and lament the time wasted to even start it!
Date published: 2006-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Naked A hilarious read. Often the words, "It made me laugh out loud" are included as quotes in a book review, but this time it was true: it actually did make me laugh out loud. Sedaris writes in a way that would appeal to a broad sense of humour.
Date published: 2001-05-30