Before my boyfriend and I went to North Carolina about a week ago, I had just finished The Angels Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is a prequel to The Shadow of the Wind, which I loved so much and cried at the end of because I was so sad the story wouldn't be a part of my daily routine anymore! The Angels Game was good but not as powerful for me as Shadows, but I still liked it. Once I was finished I had no idea what I wanted to read next. But while Max and I were in North Carolina, we stopped in a book shop and I decided to get Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, who I love, and I bought 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, who I also love.
Well, I started Me Talk Pretty One Day while we were in North Carolina and I am just blowing through it, I love it so much. I first heard David Sedaris on This American Life. His story telling is just so funny and outrageous. I've seen him speak and read from one of his books at an event in Seattle a few years ago, and I can't believe I have never read one of his books before. But I think starting this book while I was just a few miles away from David Sedaris' hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, was perfect timing for me to envision his earlier life as a gay 10 year old with a lisp in a loud Greek family, a family transplanted from NY to a Southern country town, son to a computer geek dad, a chain smoking mom, and brother to a bunch of girls and a little brother who ended up becoming the family's only twang speaking foul mouthed country boy. David, your life is wacky and I love it.
David Sedaris tells absolutely outrageous and hysterical short stories about his life and his family in Me Talk Pretty One Day, as he does with most of his writing. I've heard him say that most of his stories are true but with a bit of elaboration and dramatization. Even if every story isn't pure truth, it doesn't matter to me because his story telling is just so great and at the truth behind each ridiculous story is still pretty unique and funny to begin with. If you have ever seen the equally talented and funny Amy Sedaris, well she is David's sister. Talk about a quirky and totally entertaining family!
So, if you are looking for a quick read with a million amazing one liner laughs that leave you giggling for hours, read Me Talk Pretty One Day. If you are squeamish about references to drugs, sex, and outrageous shenanigans, this book ain't for you. But if you don't mind that jazz, read this book immediately!