Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

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Little, Brown, May 4, 2009 - Humor - 208 pages
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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

Parade
Music for Lovers
The Last Youll Hear from
Firestone
We Get Along
Glens Homophobia Newsletter Vol 3 No 2
Dons Story
Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family
Jamboree
After Malison
Barrel Fever
Diary of a Smoker

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David Sedaris was born in Binghamton, New York on December 26, 1956, but he grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Much of Sedaris' humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of North Carolina. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987. He is a popular radio commentator, essayist, and short story writer. He held many part-time and odd jobs before getting a job reading excerpts from his diaries on National Public Radio in 1992. His first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, was published in 1994. His other works include Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), and Calypso. Me Talk Pretty One Day won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2001. He has also written several plays with his sister Amy Sedaris including Stump the Host, Stitches, and The Little Frieda Mysteries. In 2014 her title, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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