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Book Review: Nonfiction > Humor

Posted on May 15, 2017 |

Theft by Finding by David Sedaris


Nonfiction > Humor

Theft by Finding is a collection of excerpts from David Sedaris’s diaries from the years 1977 to 2002. I chuckled several times, and certain parts had me laughing so hard I nearly fell off the couch—especially the parts about him mangling French when he was learning the language after he and his partner had just moved to France. (It’s a brave thing to move to a foreign country and attempt to learn a new language—you’re going to humiliate yourself on a regular basis for sure, which Sedaris does, to the reader’s amusement.)


In addition to the humor, what was fun about this book was the modern history—in 1981, he writes of reading about a “cancer” that only affected homosexuals. In 1982—the popularity of Frogger. In 1985—he gets a “ghetto boom box” for Christmas. Sedaris learned about the World Trade Center attack while he was in Paris. The Bush/Gore debacle in 2000—and his father’s life-long lectures to him about the importance of voting Republican.


Like his collections of essays, his whacky family also provide laughs when they visit or he visits them—sometimes on purpose, like his sister actress/comedian Amy Sedaris, but sometimes just by being themselves told through David Sedaris’s dry wit.


Sedaris spent more years than I realized really struggling financially, so he lived and worked among racists and unabashed wife beaters and lunatics. Sometimes the stories were sad, but sometimes the narcissism of his neighbors was chuckle-inducing.


He talks about quitting drinking and taking drugs casually—it seemed like one day he decided to quit and that was that.


I really enjoyed this, and if/when he comes out with 2003 to 2017, I will definitely read that—I’m looking forward to it!


Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for the opportunity to review this book.


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