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David Sedaris’s best stories and essays, spanning his remarkable career - as selected by the author himself

For more than 25 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 hear 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 this audiobook, 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 stories in The Best 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.

©2020 David Sedaris (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

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The Best of the Best

David Sedaris is a talented writer and performer. He had me laughing out loud, and also contemplating my own existence and relationships. I will re-visit this book again and again.

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A wonderful collection

David Sedaris is a master essayist. He weaves his stories with great language, humour and pathos that feel real and deeply felt, especially the essays about his family and the sister who died young. There is nothing in this book that is flawed, in my humble opinion. Bravo!

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You can't go wrong with Sedaris

Brilliant, dark, hilarious. This collection of Sedaris's previously published favourite pieces includes some of his fictional pieces and many of his most poignant essays. Narrated, as always, by Sedaris himself. A must read, even if you've already read/heard all of these essays before. In this new collection, juxtaposed against each other, these collected works really sing.

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  • Lizardectomy
  • 2020-11-05

Almost No New Material

I love the author and have purchased nearly all of his work. I listen to them repeatedly. Which is why I pre-ordered this book and eagerly awaited some fresh Sedaris material. However, the only new material (for me) was a wonderful essay about his brother Paul. I was not interested enough to listen to the interview with the author, which would have added further "new material." But is that truly a work by the author? I am in it for the essays. They are hilarious and profound. Also, I believe I was expecting fresh recordings of his favorite works, but they seem to be the old studio recordings from the audioboks that I've previously purchased. Please, Mr. Sedaris - - write (and record) more!

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  • Darlene Adams Sligar
  • 2020-11-08

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save your money this book is a collection of older works.Save your time and energy

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  • natalie
  • 2020-11-10

Copy and Pasted

I'm a big Sedaris fan so I can't be all that surprised that a book titled "The Best of Me" is a collection of pieces I've already listened to. I thought they would at least do new recordings but it's the exact recordings from other audiobooks and the audio quality is inconsistent throughout. Not worth the money if you have already listened to his other work.

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  • Karyn Myers
  • 2020-11-11

This is just stories from his other books

If you have listened to his other books no need to buy this one. It is mostly just a compilation from other books.

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  • ap
  • 2020-12-03

Old Stories

You guys. I love David’s stories so I just purchased this without even checking the reviews. Bummer. It’s almost all old material, all of which I have previously heard because of the aforementioned fact that I love David’s stories. You can skip this one.

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  • Mal
  • 2020-11-07

David does it again!

Davis Sedaris does it again! Funny, yet believable, real stories from Mr. Sedari’s life. I just love everything he’s ever done! Highly recomend!

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  • Liz
  • 2020-11-10

Never disappoints

I’ve read everyone of his books and an audio version as well which I think is so much better hearing the author read it…

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  • Theresa Sage
  • 2020-11-16

Saving Grace during Pandemic!!

This book has been the best surprise during COVID, it reminds you to laugh, it reminds you to continue to move forward through tragedy and it reminds all of us the importance of the human connection through all walks of life, in all places in the world.

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  • Trooston
  • 2020-12-03

Definitely a fun listen!

As a lover of David Sedaris’s essays, listening to him read his work is icing on the cake. Some essays are more serious but all are thought provoking. Kind of makes me want to write.

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  • Nicholas Angelopoulos
  • 2020-12-02

BEST Covid comfort food

Loved every minute of it. As always. Give yourself this gift, you'll be happy you did.

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