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Me Talk Pretty One Day

Sedaris, David (Book - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Me Talk Pretty One Day
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In a collection of essays, observations, and commentaries, the humorist describes his recent move to Paris, life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, and restaurant meals.
Authors: Sedaris, David
Title: Me talk pretty one day
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., c2000
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David Sedaris
Contents: Go Carolina
Giant dreams, midget abilities
Genetic engineering
Twelve moments in the life of the artist
You can't kill the rooster
The youth in Asia
The learning curve
Big boy
The great leap forward
Today's special
City of angels
A shiner like a diamond
Nutcracker.com
See you again yesterday
Me talk pretty one day
Jesus shaves
The tapeworm is in
Make that a double
Remembering my childhood on the continent of Africa
21 down
The city of light in the dark
I pledge allegiance to the bag
Picka Pocketoni
I almost saw this girl get killed
Smart guy
The late show
I'll eat what he's wearing
Summary: In a collection of essays, observations, and commentaries, the humorist describes his recent move to Paris, life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, and restaurant meals.
Awards & Distinctions: Lambda Literary Award, 2000
ISBN: 0316776963
9780316776967
0316777722
9780316777728
Branch Call Number: 814.5 S447m 2000
Subject Headings: Americans France Paris Humor Paris (France) Humor
Topical Term: Americans
LCCN: 00025052
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In a collection of essays, observations, and commentaries, the humorist describes his recent move to Paris, life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, and restaurant meals.

In a collection of essays, observations, and commentaries, the humorist describes his recent move to Paris, life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, and restaurant meals.

Sedaris's caustic gift has not deserted him in his fourth book, which mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France


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Jul 06, 2014
  • Yoo_hoo5 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book came highly recommended, so, of course, my expectation was really high. I suppose that set the benchmark a little too high, because it didn't seem to be as hilarious as many said it is. That's my opinion though. Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes humor, so others may fall out of their chair laughing.

Jan 21, 2014
  • ser_library rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

a book to read in snatches; boring if read straight through

Jan 07, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I started reading David Sedaris's short stories since I heard him interviewed on CBC Q. Since then I have been through just about every one of his short story collections. Quick reads, funny, and the human behaviour observations are as entertaining as they are poignant. The occasional story may be a little over the line, but I have rarely picked up one of these books without reading it in one sitting.

Jun 09, 2013
  • jenathy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't get it :(

Apr 16, 2013
  • JCLRachelN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In his third collection of autobiographical essays, Sedaris pulls out humorous situations in his life where language played a large role. If you find you enjoy him, look for the audio versions of his work - he (and sometimes his sister, Amy) reads, taking the humor to the next level.

A hilarious collection of short stories about the author's life. They come across with such amazing voice, you'd think you're having a conversation with the man himself. I'd suggest even listening to some of his radio appearances where he reads from his stories. It's kind of fun to have his actual voice and comedic timing in mind while reading his work. It's a fun, and at times a strangely meaningful read!

Sep 28, 2012
  • vwruleschick rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Heard good things about the book, but unfortunately did not wow me. It is shame as I was looking forward to reading. Though the writer did have some interesting stories about his life, his experiences and his personal insights, it just fell flat for me.

Feb 16, 2012
  • KatrinaP rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I don't laugh out loud very often. It's not that I don't think things are funny, I just seem to laugh inside. However, this book made me actually laugh loud enough for my kids to come running to see what was going on. It's a collection of essays, really easy to read and it's a bit like eating chocolates: I'll just have one more before I have to walk the dog/bath the kids/mow the lawns and before you know it you've read 3 more.

Feb 15, 2012
  • bette108 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I laughed aloud through parts of this, and was bored to tears at other parts. I guess they are right when they say that humour is a personal perspective.

Oct 20, 2011
  • zavirani rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I was unimpressed. David Sedaris is very funny and has some great anecdotes, but after a few chapters his writing got a little repetitive and boring. His writing completely lacks any degree of structure, and seems more like a compilation of diary entries throughout his life. A quick and amusing read, but not all that memorable.

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May 22, 2013
  • kamhutchinson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It's a common mistake for vacationing Americans to assume that everyone around them is French and therefore speaks no English whatsoever. [...] An experienced traveler could have told by looking at my shoes that I wasn't French. And even if I were French, it's not as if English is some mysterious tribal dialect spoken only by anthropologists and a small population of cannibals."

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Mar 13, 2011
  • teix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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