The Best of Me, David Sedaris
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The Best of Me


Author: David Sedaris

Narrator: David Sedaris

Unabridged: 13 hr 8 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 11/03/2020


“Genius… It is miraculous to read these pieces… You must read The Best of Me.” —Andrew Sean Greer, New York Times Book ReviewDavid Sedaris’s best stories and essays, spanning his remarkable career—as selected and read by the author himself. Featuring fresh and classic recordings, including a new essay and an interview exclusive to the audiobook.A New York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceA CNN and Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Month​For more than twenty-five years, David Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. A Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside. It opens our eyes to what is at absurd and moving about our daily existence. And it is almost impossible to listen without laughing. Now, for the first time collected in one volume, the author brings us his funniest and most memorable work. In these stories, Sedaris shops for rare taxidermy, hitchhikes with a lady quadriplegic, and spits a lozenge into a fellow traveler’s lap. He drowns a mouse in a bucket, struggles to say “give it to me” in five languages, and hand-feeds a carnivorous bird. But if all you expect to find in Sedaris’s work is the deft and sharply observed comedy for which he became renowned, you may be surprised to discover that his words bring more warmth than mockery, more fellow-feeling than derision. Nowhere is this clearer than in his writing about his loved ones. In these essays, Sedaris explores falling in love and staying together, recognizing his own aging not in the mirror but in the faces of his siblings, losing one parent and coming to terms—at long last—with the other. Taken together, the performances in TheBest of Me reveal the wonder and delight Sedaris takes in the surprises life brings him. No experience, he sees, is quite as he expected—it’s often harder, more fraught, and certainly weirder—but sometimes it is also much richer and more wonderful. Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called “the funniest man alive” (Time Out New York), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing—quite often at himself—and invites listeners deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.The Best of Me AUDIOBOOK TRACK LISTINGIntroduction (new recording) From Barrel Fever 1994         Glen’s Homophobia Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 2.  From Holidays on Ice 1994      Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol  (new recording)Christmas Means Giving  (new recording) From Naked 1997the incomplete quad  (new recording) From the New Yorker  Girl Crazy  (new recording)Card Wired  (new recording)How to Spend the Budget Surplus  (new recording) From Me Talk Pretty One Day 2000You Can’t Kill the Rooster (new recording)Me Talk Pretty One Day  (new recording)Jesus Shaves  (new recording) From the New YorkerDog Days    (new recording)From Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Demin 2004           Us and Them Let It Snow The Ship Shape The Girl Next Door Repeat After Me   Six to Eight Black Men (live recording)Possession Nuit of the Living Dead  From When You Are Engulfed in Flames 2008                      Solution to Saturday’s Puzzle  (live recording)The UnderstudyTown and Country    (live recording)In the Waiting Room  (live recording) From The New YorkerUndecided  From Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk 2010The Cat and the Baboon    (live recording)The Motherless Bear  (new recording)The Faithful Setter  (new recording) From Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls 2013Dentists Without Borders  (live recording)Memory Laps Think Differenter   (new recording)Loggerheads If I Ruled the World Easy, Tiger Laugh, Kookaburra  (live recording)Just a Quick e-MailA Guy Walks into a Bar CarStanding By  (live recording)Understanding Understanding Owls  From Calypso 2019                                          Now We Are Five A House Divided The Perfect Fit Leviathan A Modest ProposalWhy Aren’t You Laughing? The Spirit World  From The New Yorker:Unbuttoned  (new recording) Audio ExclusiveInterview with Paul Constant (new recording)

Author Bio

American comedian, David Sedaris, decided to put his good humor and social critiques to pen and has we authored several books and short essays that slice through cultural inadequacies and political correctness. He has been deemed a master of satire and an expert observer of the current human condition. He was born in 1956, and has many titles......humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He gives credit to radio host, Ira Glass, for discovering him in a Chicago club and giving him the invaluable opportunity to appear on his weekly radio program. He said it was life changing.

One of his most important accomplishments would be receiving a Grammy nomination for his audio version of, Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls. There are over ten million copies of his books, and they have been translated into 25 languages.

In collaboration with his sister, Amy Sedaris, David has written six plays that have been produced at such places as LA Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. Three have been nominated for Grammys for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. A recent work is David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure. He has also had a film adaptation of his story C. O.G., which was presented at Sundance Film Festival. The various books about him and by him are numerous. Calypso, a book of essays, was punished in 2018, and a second volume of diaries is expected in summer of 2019.

His older Santaland Diaries was a huge success for listeners, so much so, that the New York Times dubbed him "a minor phenomenon".