Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
In David Sedaris' world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris' collection of essays 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.
David Sedaris made his debut on NPR's Morning Edition with "SantaLand Diaries", recounting his strange-but-true experiences as an elf at Macy's, and soon became one of the show's most popular commentators. 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AlisonY - LibraryThing
This book reminded me of a friend Trag I had at university (so named as everything in his life was always so tragic and terrible). Trag was a bit of a Queen, and in small doses his scathing wit was ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - burnit99 - LibraryThing
A collection of David Sedaris' humor pieces, all wickedly funny and acerbic, but weeks after reading the book, only a few such as "SantaLand Diaries" have still stuck in my mind. Sedaris has no sacred cows, and these stories are not for those inclined to the vapors. Read full review
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