In 'Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Essays, Etc.' humorist and author David Sedaris offers his wry observations on the topics of living as an American ex-patriot in France and England, traveling the world on book tours and remembering his childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina. His fans will enjoy his quirky obsessions which teeter on the edge of creepy and gross, but then pull back into touching and humane at the last sentence or two.
Standouts from this collection are: 'Dentists Without
Borders' in which the author describes his own experiences with the
health care system in France. He describes the care he received as
inexpensive, accessible and not at all like what the opponents of "Obama
care' describe as a health care plan 'where patients languished on
filthy cots, waiting for aspirin to be invented." (3)
(211) Mr. Sedaris takes it upon himself to pick up all the litter along
the roads in his village in England by riding his bike around every day
to pick up other people's trash. He becomes obsessed, "At nights I lie
in bed and map out the territory I'll cover the following day... What
did my life consist of before this? I wonder." (220)
Recommended for fans of the author. Read-a-likes - other humorous essay writers:
Quinn Cummings, Bill Bryson, Ian Frazier, Dave Barry, Sloane Crosby, Tracy Beckerman. (Click on the 'humor' label on the right side of this blog to find more posts about funny books and authors.)
There really is an app for everything: try the David Sedaris app to watch short videos of his diary entries.
David Carr's review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review (audiobook version)