Theft by Finding: Diaries – David Sedaris
Download Theft by Finding: Diaries ebook – 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.
PRAISE FOR THEFT BY FINDING:
“The thrill of Sedaris’s nonfiction lies in the absurd details of his memories, burnished with enough polish and comic timing to wonder how true they are (after you’ve stopped laughing). Now we’ll finally have access to the raw material — fragments of the writer’s personal diaries that you might recognize from the banter in his prolific and hilarious live readings.” ― Boris Kachka, New York
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“Starve and Struggle. Feast. Bloat. These are the three stages that all artists – with some variation – go through in their careers…So it’s encouraging to read 25 years of David Sedaris’s diaries, and not just because he manages to defeat Bloat. It’s helpful to see that a voice as original, hilarious and sometimes as infuriating as his was put through the same Struggle and Starve meat grinder that most of us go through…No one escapes Bloat, but many survive it. Maybe not with the grace, whining, hilarity and eye-rolling that Sedaris does. But through all 25 years of “Theft by Finding” – of soap opera addictions and spider feeding, family kookiness (Sedaris notes the day Charles Addams dies; it feels like the passing of a baton) and language lessons – Sedaris’s developing voice is the lifeline that pulls him through the murk.” ― Patton Oswalt, New York Times Book Review
“It’s an astounding feat to stay funny-wildly, wickedly, ingeniously so-for more than 20 years. Yet David Sedaris has somehow pulled it off…with eviscerating wit and radiant humanity…Fans will no doubt delight in the entries that will turn into Sedaris’s most beloved essays.” ― Fiona Maazel, O, The Oprah Magazine
“Sedaris fans will thrill to this opportunity to poke around in the writer’s personal diaries, which he has faithfully kept for four decades and used as raw material for his hilarious nonfiction as well as his performances.” ― Paul S. Makishima, Boston Globe
“A master of incisive and comic cultural criticism….Theft by Finding reveals intimate details of this literary luminary’s life and mind-all told with his singular sense of humor.” ― Harper’s Bazaar
“Sedaris’ diaries are the wellspring for his cuttingly funny autobiographical essays, and he now presents a mesmerizing volume of deftly edited passages…Sedaris is caustically witty about his bad habits and artistic floundering…A candid, socially incisive, and sharply amusing chronicle of the evolution of an arresting comedic artist.” – Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
“Raw glimpses of the humorist’s personal life as he clambered from starving artist to household name… though the mood is usually light, the book is also a more serious look into his travails as an artist and person… A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man.” ― Kirkus (starred review)
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“For those curious about the mind of a comic genius, this is a great place to start.” ― Melissa Kravitz, amNewYork
“This is Sedaris, who can be wickedly funny as well as deliciously insightful about modern mores – so the nuggets are big and shiny and well worth panning for. An otherwise ho-hum entry can be punctuated by a literary sucker punch.”―David Holahan, USA Today
“A David Sedaris book is always a welcome addition to any personal library – his hilarity, his self-deprecation, his compassion for (and amusement with) the human condition, and his clear joy at making his readers laugh out loud are all what make a David Sedaris book great.”―E. Ce Miller, Bustle
David Sedaris is the author of the books Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.
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