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August’s book: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

This month is comedy month. Comedy is subjective, I know. This was evidenced by the fact that I got ONE recommendation. So I made up a list. At least it guaranteed a book I wanted to read was chosen! The winner this month was

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

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David Sedaris’ move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. You Can’t Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails. 

Other choices for this month were:

  • Diary of a nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
  • The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Right Ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
  • What in God’s name by Simon Rich
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