GOODREADS SUMMARY: From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.
MY REVIEW: WOW… It was funny and entertaining…a good read, but I prefer a book… Maybe I need to check out another of his books just to make sure.
Our library has reopened and I’m thrilled.
I was going through book withdrawal and it wasn’t pretty.
NOW I’M READING
I started reading this and so glad I did. Immediately I was laughing hysterically. I am thoroughly enjoying this book.
Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he’s not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like “Buying the Plot” and “Nodding Off,” Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Readers get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever “test positive for Maalox”), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (“the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac”), grandparenting, and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal’s reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.
I know this is going to mess me up…but I’m going to give it a try.
For 18 years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty. They’ve grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other’s lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends–so it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. They’ve been soulmates since they were born. But when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at 17 from a gunshot wound to the head. There’s a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father’s cabinet–a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described. As its chapters unfold, alternating between an idyllic past and an unthinkable present, The Pact paints an indelible portrait of families in anguish … culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris finds himself on trial for murder.
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