Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
Stories and Essays

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In David Sedaris' world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris' collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves.
David Sedaris made his debut on NPR's Morning Edition with "SantaLand Diaries", recounting his strange-but-true experiences as an elf at Macy's, and soon became one of the show's most popular commentators. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen.


 

About David Sedaris

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David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's "This American Life." He is the author of the books Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and Barrel Fever.
 
Published April 14, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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NPR storyteller Sedaris chronicles a society slightly removed from the mainstream and characters who don't quite fit in with the masses.

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Other pieces take aim at recovering alcoholics, ardent nonsmokers and ``people who overuse the words `rage' and `empowerment.' '' Sedaris ekes humor from the blackest of scenarios, peppering his narrative with memorable turns of phrase and repeatedly surprising with his double-edged wit.

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Publishers Weekly

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`Morning Edition' commentator Sedaris presents a satirical collection of stories about contemporary American society.

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Barrel Fever is David Sedaris' first book, written back in 1994.

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Los Angeles Times

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Fortunately, not every page of "Barrel Fever" will leave you laughing so hard that it's impossible to breathe--thank goodness for the droll but manageable Table of Contents--but still, this is one of those "Open at your own risk" books.

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