Naked

Naked

Book - 1997
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In Naked, David Sedaris's message alternately rendered in Fakespeare, Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek is the same: pay attention to me.
Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in A Plague of Tics to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means.
This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316779494
0316779490
Characteristics: viii, 291 p. ; 22 cm.

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midori_hon
Jun 16, 2020

david sedaris has the rare gift of being able to discuss difficult topics like his mother's cancer without being maudlin, bitter, or flippant.
what an unexpected delight to hear amy sedaris helping with the narration! what a quirky family in which to grow up, it boggles the mind.

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fantasyqueen
Apr 29, 2020

I got this book from a friend during the pandemic. I was told it was hilarious and the first third of the book was indeed that. I literally laughed out loud several times. But that was it, I had 2/3 of the book to finish.
The second third was a waste of paper. It wasn't funny-it was pathetic. And the final third of the book, while it had some funny moments and lines, they were not of the same caliber as the cutting edge humor of the 1st third of the book.
I doubt I'll be reading anymore Sedaris.

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Deeel
Oct 23, 2017

this was my intro to David Sedaris.
brought it on a plane trip -> tears of laughter streamed down my face.
should come with a warning: POSSIBLE PUBLIC HUMILIATION RISK!

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HollyDavis022
Jun 04, 2016

laugh out loud

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empbee
Jan 25, 2016

Hilarious. How to write about family issues.

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JOANNA M BLACK
Sep 10, 2013

Naked is a fabulous collection of essays written by David Sedaris and read aloud by Sedaris and his sister, actress Amy Sedaris. The essays are hilarious, cynical, touching, and sweet, providing listeners with a humorous ‘in’ to the author’s up-bringing, adolescent years, family dynamics, and cope with loss. I listened to this audiobook during my commute to and from work and found myself wildly entertained throughout, unfazed by the madness of rush hour. Definitely recommend giving this book a listen.

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kwehner1987
Jun 11, 2013

This is the first book I read by David Sedaris and still my favorite. Very rarely does a book make me laugh out loud!

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joliebergman
Apr 23, 2013

I read this on a Greyhound bus. I was laughing so hard that a woman at the front of the bus walked to the back where I was sitting and asked what I was reading because she wanted to laugh that hard, too.

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blizzard
Aug 12, 2009

This is a hilarious book. I love Sedaris. This book is not quite as funny as some of the others, but nonetheless a fantastic read.

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Sep 10, 2013

JOANNA M BLACK thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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