Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

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19 Critic Reviews

Me Talk Pretty One Day collects tales from both home and abroad, and picks up from where Naked - in which he first introduced his larger-than-life Technicolor family - left off...Sedaris is seriously funny. Too often, though, tender, introspective moments are subordinate to the reflexive tug of the grin.
-Guardian

Synopsis

A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. You Cant 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 and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors. Sedaris is an amazing reader whose appearances draw hundreds, and his performancesincluding a jaw-dropping impression of Billie Holiday singing I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weinerare unforgettable. Sedariss essays on living in Paris are some of the funniest hes ever written. At last, someone even meaner than the French! The sort of blithely sophisticated, loopy humour that might have resulted if Dorothy Parker and James Thurber had had a love child. Entertainment Weekly on Barrel Fever Sidesplitting Not one of the essays in this new collection failed to crack me up; frequently I was helpless. The New York Times Book Review on Naked
 

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 Back Bay Books. 292 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Me Talk Pretty One Day
All: 19 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

The undisputed champion of the self-conscious and the self-deprecating returns with yet more autobiographical gems from his apparently inexhaustible cache (Naked, 1997, etc.)...Naughty good fun from an impossibly sardonic rogue, quickly rising to Twainian stature.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 01 2015

Many of the 27 short essays collected here (which appeared originally in the New Yorker, Esquire and elsewhere) deal with his father, Lou..."Reliable sources"" have told Sedaris that he has ""tended to exhaust people,"" and true to form, he will exhaust readers of this new book, tooDwith helpless laughter.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by David Vincent on Feb 04 2001

Me Talk Pretty One Day collects tales from both home and abroad, and picks up from where Naked - in which he first introduced his larger-than-life Technicolor family - left off...Sedaris is seriously funny. Too often, though, tender, introspective moments are subordinate to the reflexive tug of the grin.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by David Vincent on Feb 03 2001

Sedaris is seriously funny. Too often, though, tender, introspective moments are subordinate to the reflexive tug of the grin. There may be more to life than a smart pay-off line, but for the moment Sedaris's autobiographical Chinese whispers continue to take telling tales to sublime heights.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Tim on Sep 01 2006

I didn't walk away from reading the book a changed person, but I did walk away with a new author who I really dig and an easy and enjoyable read of a book that I would definitely recommend.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Tim on Sep 01 2006

I didn't walk away from reading the book a changed person, but I did walk away with a new author who I really dig and an easy and enjoyable read of a book that I would definitely recommend. Do yourself a favor if you are going to read it, commit to not taking yourself too seriously, Mr. Sedaris doesn't...

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Scott Butki on Mar 22 2006

Now he’s sharing new stories in this book. But for this reviewer the stories aren’t as funny or as fresh as in his earlier books...You’re better off reading his earlier book, Holidays on Ice, for the classic story about dressing up an elf for a Christmas job where he dealt with kids and parents there to get their pictures with Santa Claus.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Elle Saverini on Feb 26 2012

In this collection of twenty-seven essays, the reader is at the mercy of a bizarre catalog of foibles, leaving one asking, "Who the hell is David Sedaris?"

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Laura Donnelly on Jan 22 2011

Hands down David Sedaris has one of the most hilarious families in American history, but unlike the Marx brothers or any other staged family menagerie, the Sedarises are the genuine article...Sedaris has to be one the best storytellers of the distorted family dynamic one could be lucky enough to encounter.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by EW STAFF on May 31 2000

As Me Talk Pretty One Day attests, these days David Sedaris glitters as one of the wittiest writers around...More to the point, thematically they combine stories inspired by Sedaris’ Greek-American family with stories inspired by his current life in Paris...reading or listening to David Sedaris is well worth the lulls for the thrills.

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The Satirist

Good
Reviewed by Timothy Hurley on Sep 03 2012

I read it and rolled on the rug. I hooted until my sides hurt and pleaded, Enough, Mr. Sedaris, enough. My ribs can only take so much...Mr. Sedaris’ essays are arranged in two sections: The first a collection of stories from his childhood in North Carolina, and the second...essays from his stay in France with his partner Hugh.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Nicholas J on Apr 27 2010

This book is extremely well-written and hilarious. It wasn’t only the events that cracked me up, but the way he wrote about them...I would not recommend this book for those who are easily offended by language...If you like comedy, have ever felt like an outsider, or just want to know how not to speak French well, then read this book.

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Parental Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Connor Weber on Oct 01 2015

Witty, sarcastic, and chock full of his poignant idiosyncrasies, David Sedaris has delivered an entertaining work for mature readers..to the more mature reader, I would call this book a must read. The book isn’t for everyone and many might dislike it, but with this work comes a slightly varied perception on life...

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Vulpus Libris

Good
Reviewed by Jackie on Feb 19 2013

The mark of a superb raconteur is to make ordinary things entertaining, and Sedaris does. Anyone who can claim that “Fickle gnomes control the weather and an air conditioner is powered by a team of squirrels, their cheeks packed with ice cubes.” is worth reading, if only for their priceless view of the world.

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Book Equals

Above average
Reviewed by Amie on Jun 29 2009

He’s so amazing at developing his characters that you can practically smell them. He does this by using a lot of dialogue...Me Talk Pretty One Day will also make you look at your own life in a different way. Sedaris takes normal, every-day situations and the people in them, and shows you the hidden comedy in them.

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Excellent
Reviewed by seanbond87 on Mar 15 2010

Sedaris’ fourth book, ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’ is basically a series of 27 essays that discuss the life and interpretation of a very funny man...f you want a good laugh do try reading this little selection of essays, I don’t think that you will be sorry.

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Bianca Pellet

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Reviewed by Bianca Pellet on Jun 27 2010

Me Talk Pretty One Day would therefore perhaps work better in some other format than as a written memoir, and it is maybe because of this, as well as the lacklustre ending, that the memoir is a little on the forgettable side...I don't know what I had expected but I still felt that I had expected something more than what I got.

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Bundle of Books

Good
Reviewed by bundleofbooks on Mar 29 2014

David Sedaris is known for his self-deprecating stories and it’s his honesty about his insecurities that I like so much. It’s nice to know that someone so successful can have similar worries to me (and many, many more!)...Every family has it’s idiosyncrasies, and I’m glad Sedaris decided to write about his!

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Reviewed by Elizabeth A. White on Jun 28 2010

Though he’s not likely to actually be confused for an evil baby or a hillbilly, in the twenty-seven autobiographical essays that comprise Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris is wickedly funny and refreshingly down to earth...overall Me Talk Pretty One Day is a collection of wonderfully humorous essays that will have you laughing out loud...

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