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The Best of Me

The Best of Me

A lavish gift edition of David Sedaris’s best stories, spanning his spectacular bestselling career. Hand-picked by David himself, these are stories that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time, from “the funniest man alive” (Time Out New York).

What could be a more tempting holiday gift than a compendium of David Sedaris’s best stories, selected by the author himself? From a spectacular career spanning almost three decades, these stories have become modern classics and are now for the first time collected in one volume.

The collection will also feature an introduction by the author; a never-before-collected story, “Unbuttoned”; and a new interview with David Sedaris.

Table of Contents
Glen’s Homophobia Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 2
Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol
Christmas Means Giving
The Incomplete Quad
You Can’t Kill the Rooster
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Jesus Shaves
Us and Them
Let It Snow
The Ship Shape
The Girl Next Door
Repeat After Me
Six to Eight Black Men
Possession
Nuit of the Living Dead
The Understudy
In the Waiting Room
Solution to Saturday’s Puzzle
Town and Country
The Cat and the Baboon
The Motherless Bear
The Faithful Setter
Dentists Without Borders
Think Differenter
Memory Laps
Loggerheads
If I Ruled the World
Easy, Tiger
Laugh, Kookaburra
A Guy Walks into a Bar Car
Standing By
Understanding Understanding Owls
Now We Are Five
A House Divided
The Perfect Fit
Leviathan
A Modest Proposal
Why Aren’t You Laughing?
The Spirit World
Unbuttoned
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Genre: Fiction / Humor / Form / Essays

On Sale: November 3rd 2020

Price: $30 / $38 (CAD)

Page Count: 464

ISBN-13: 9780316628242

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Reader Reviews

Praise

PRAISE FOR CALYPSO:

"This book allows us to observe not just the nimble-mouthed elf of Sedaris's previous work, but a man in his seventh decade expunging his darker secrets and contemplating mortality...The brilliance of David Sedaris's writing is that his very essence, his aura, seeps through the pages of his books like an intoxicating cloud, mesmerizing us so that his logic becomes ours...The geeks really do inherit the earth."
Alan Cumming, New York Times Book Review
"The king of the humorous essay returns...Sedaris fans will find plenty of familiar delights: His misanthropic charms and wry wit are as delightful as ever, even if some of the subject matter has changed. From his new vacation home on the coast of North Carolina, he writes about the concerns of health and aging, treating us to a story about the persnickety doctor who refused to let him keep a noncancerous tumor that he'd planned to feed to a snapping turtle once removed. We can only assume that the audiobook version of Calypso will be the perfect travel companion during road trips and getaways this spring and beyond."—Maris Kreizman, New York Magazine
"Age and family occupy beloved humorist Sedaris's latest collection of essays. His observations feel sharper and often darker than in previous collections, as he ponders the inevitable breakdown of the human body, the shame attendant with illness and age, the nature of addiction, and the eccentricities of his family. Though middle age may have made his shades of gray blacker, the wit and incisiveness that make Sedaris much-adored remain."
Lauren Hubbard, Harper's Bazaar
"Honest, reflective, and even tender...Eloquent and silly, Sedaris's collection could probably find unshakable life even in the dust kitties under the bed...He gets you laughing even as he gently turns you toward the darkness we all must face."
Caroline Leavitt, San Francisco Chronicle
"David Sedaris's new essay collection is the sharpest retort to anyone who thinks they know what our favorite curmudgeonly humorist will be up to next. His charming observational humor is still the engine, but there's nothing frivolous about it. In the wake of his sister's suicide, Sedaris grapples poignantly and satisfyingly (and yes, often hilariously) with death, the aging body, and just how far the bonds of family can stretch."
Alex Postman, Conde Nast Traveler
"With this tenth book, Sedaris demonstrates yet again what makes him the best American humorist writing today: a remarkable ability to combine the personal with the political, the mundane with the profane, slime with sublime, and hilarity with heart."
Heller McAlpin, NPR
"The beauty of David Sedaris's personality---and what keeps his readers coming back for best-selling book after best-selling book---is his unwavering dedication to a helter-skelter train of thought...Calypso is his most personal and open book yet, shedding light on his late sister's struggle with mental health, his mother's addiction, and his own experiences with the legalization of gay marriage, but it still finds plenty of room for laughs."
Seija Rankin, Entertainment Weekly
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