Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
Diaries (1977-2002)

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While Sedaris’ career took flight during the period this book captures, success didn’t change him much; it just introduced him to a broader swath of the world to observe and satirize...A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man.
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One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot

David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making

For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.

Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.

Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, there's no such thing as a boring day.
 

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 May 30, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company. 800 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Feb 06 2017

While Sedaris’ career took flight during the period this book captures, success didn’t change him much; it just introduced him to a broader swath of the world to observe and satirize...A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Annalisa Quinn on Jun 04 2017

It could be dull, but instead it's mesmerizing, like watching spinning chickens. Since many of the things he describes happen in his stories, reading Theft by Finding feels like watching a favorite play from behind the scenes, in the company of a friend who can identify what is absurd and heartbreaking and human about every person on stage.

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Laurie Hertzel on May 27 2017

Save the unedited 156 volumes for the academics. If this book is not the literal truth, well, at least he makes us laugh. For many readers, that will be enough.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Patton Oswalt on May 29 2017

...Sedaris’s developing voice is the lifeline that pulls him through the murk. In the last year of the diaries, with Sedaris a now-established best-selling author and world traveler, the prickly Southern wit is still intact and sparkling...

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Andrew Anthony on Jun 04 2017

It’s a book that will work best for Sedaris completists...For newcomers, however, it’s really not the place to start. For all their energy and comic sensibility, these diaries don’t really do justice to Sedaris’s unique gift as a storyteller.

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