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A Carnival of Snackery

David Sedaris

From Shelf: Hand-picked for Patrick (for a complete change of pace)

Picking up where Theft by Finding left us, A Carnival of Snackeries brings David Sedaris's wickedly funny, sometimes bizarre and often poignant diaries up to 2019.

There's no right way to keep a diary, but if there's an entertaining way, David Sedaris seems to have mastered it.

If it's navel-gazing you're after, you've come to the wrong place; ditto treacly self-examination. Rather, his observations turn outward: a fight between two men on a bus, a fight between two men on the street, pedestrians being whacked over the head or gathering to watch as a man considers jumping to his death. There's a dirty joke shared at a book signing, then a dirtier one told at a dinner party-lots of jokes here. Plenty of laughs.

These diaries remind you that you once really hated George W. Bush, and that not too long ago, Donald Trump was a harmless laughingstock, at least on French TV. Time marches on, and Sedaris, at his desk or on planes, in fine hotel dining rooms and odd Japanese inns, records it. The entries here reflect an ever-changing background-new administrations, new restrictions on speech and conduct. What you can say at the start of the book, you can't by the end. At its best, A Carnival of Snackery is a sort of sampler: the bitter and the sweet. Some entries are just what you wanted. Others you might want to spit discreetly into a napkin.

Praise for Theft by Finding, the first volume of David Sedaris's diaries

'The writing here is funnier, (even) sharper . . . There isn't a dull word among these pages' India Knight, Sunday Times

'Could there be a more delightful American import than the memoirist David Sedaris? Not since the peanut butter and jelly sandwich have we inherited something so sweet and comforting yet so wickedly naughty' The Times

Format:
Paperback / softback
Pages:
576
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN:
9781408707876
Published Date:
7/10/2021
Dimensions:
232mm x 154mm x 40mm
Weight:
700g
Category:
Autobiography: general

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ISBN: 9781408707876

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