I recently had stickers made based on a blog post from 2016 called “Read a Fucking Book”. I made bleeped and unbleeped versions to appeal to different tastes. My coworkers love anything free, so they’ve been scooping them up. One of them asked me, “What’s your blog about? Do you review books?” I actually do review a book every month or so on my favorite social media platform, Goodreads, but until my coworker asked me that, it never occurred to me to post the reviews on here as well.
Fascinating story, I know.
Anyway, if you’re into this kind of thing, here’s my most recent review:
I should preface this by saying that David Sedaris is my #1 favorite author of all time forever and ever. So of course I would be interested in reading his diaries. This book gives a closer look into a creative, critical, sometimes troubled, but incredibly funny mind. It also humanizes Sedaris; it reveals more of his emotional and empathetic side.
I would not recommend this for someone who has never read his other stuff. When he mentions his sister Tiffany, I know her ultimate fate. I also have a general idea of his family structure and relationships, thanks to the other books.
This collection also highlights the stark contrast between his younger years and where he ends up. At one part, he writes that he just got fired from a job and lists “Ten reasons to live”- one was to get a book published, one was to see his sister Amy on TV someday, one was to see his name in a magazine. Dreams come true, David. Lucky us.