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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (June 5 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316776963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316776967
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (544 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "neeterskeeter27" on Oct. 4 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book right after reading Bill Bryson's I'm a Stranger Here Myself. It seems to me that there is a recent theme in new books that centers around humor at the expense of a person who is experiencing culture shock. Since this seems to be the recent theme, I suppose there's no harm in writing yet another book review with a theme of culture shock.
Davis Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day combines two of the world's greatest cities- New York and Paris- with humor, all in one book that is incredibly hard to put down. The book is comprised of a series of humorous personal experience pieces, the first half of which take place in Sedaris' native New York City and the second half of which take place in Paris, where he moves to temporarily with his boyfriend Hugh.
The first essay in Me Talk Pretty One Day sets the fast and funny pace continued throughout the rest of the book. It also sets the theme of "culture shock" in one's own county, because Sedaris comments on many experiences in his youth that made him feel alienated from other people in his own environment. In it, Sedaris discusses the speech impediment (aka "lisp") that he had as a child and still has to this day. The efforts of his speech teacher to correct the lisp were never successful, but Sedaris' descriptions of them are hilarious. He writes about the kids who were in his speech therapy class, saying, "None of the speech therapy students were girls. They were all boys like me who kept movie star scrapbooks and made their own curtains... 'One of these days I'm going to have to hang a sign on that door,' [my speech teacher] used to say. She was probably thinking along the lines of SPEECH THERAPY LAB, though a more appropriate marker would have read FUTURE HOMOSEXUALS OF AMERICA".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marion on March 26 2013
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Great read. Easy to enjoy and funny. I picked this book up when i was trying to get back into reading. It did the trick!
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By Jilly the Reader on June 3 2014
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I enjoyed this book for the most part. I'm not usually a fan of random autobiographical stories tied together in a book, but most of the chapters were interesting and often funny. Not my first Sedaris book, although of his books that I've read I liked this one the most.
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Every time I read one of his books, I know I'll laugh. Sharp, biting, unbelievably hilarious and poignant all at once.
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There's little to be derived by relaying the stories combined in a memoir -that's unnecessary but to say there are no deep plots or life lessons -it's the pure genius, components to Sedaris's humour - self -deprecating, slanted perspectives, obsessive -compulsive behaviours, hilarious depictions & characteristically Sedaris -style of writing that has created ardent fans of his books.

If you've never read David Sedaris, this book along with "Naked "are the best samples of his writing. The latter was the first I read, which again in memoir style., though impossibly sardonic & cynical towards his ailing mother, is tongue in cheek arrogance towards a disfunctional family. Hilarity & outstanding writing in that vein.

Once you've read these two books, I wud suggest reading his earliest works thereafter, only because his most recent haven't held up to expectation. I think his best achievements, which established a huge popularity, may have decreased the spontaneity in writing about simple scenarios with that quirky point of view. Nevertheless, Me Talk Pretty won't disappoint & you'll be eager to read more Sedaris.
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By Lugg on Aug. 20 2013
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I laughed out loud a few times. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys exploring other people's point of view.
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By No name given on Oct. 31 2007
Format: Paperback
This book, along with McCrae's "Katzenjammer" really cracked me up. While the two have nothing subject-wise in common, they're both funny. Sedaris is a master storyteller and knows just the thing to say to make you go, "Ah ha!" I've given multiple copies of the book to everyone I know.
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Format: Hardcover
I often find that when others claim a book is funny, it usually isn't very humorous. However, Me Talk Pretty One Day is the exception to this rule. Sedaris' short essays about small things in life are much like a Seinfield episode. His telling style and honesty about himself makes you feel as humble and as human as he is throughout the book. It is extremley well done, and it extremley hilarious.
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