Barrel Fever

David Sedaris

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‘Barrel Fever’ is a collection of personal essays, surprising, disarming, and funny, from David Sedaris.

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ISBN – 9780349119762
Publisher – Little, Brown Book Group Limit
Format – Paperback
Publication Date – 06/07/2006
Dimensions – 197mm X 128mm
Categories – Essays

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Calypso


‘Sedaris is the premier observer of our world and its weirdnesses’ Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt

‘He’s like an American Alan Bennett’ Guardian

‘Unquestionably the king of comic writing . . . Calypso is both funnier and more heartbreaking than pretty much anything out thereHadley Freeman, Guardian

‘Entrancing . . . This book allows us to observed not just the nimble-mouthed elf of his previous work, but a man in his seventh decade expunging his darker secrets and contemplating mortality . . . The brilliance of David Sedaris’s writing is that his very essence, his aura, seeps through the pages of his books like an intoxicating cloud, mesmerising us so that his logic becomes ours’ Alan Cumming, Scotsman

If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny – it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s writing has never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumour joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet – and it just might be his very best.

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk A Wicked Bestiary


Featuring David Sedaris’s unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.


In The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck, three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In Hello Kitty, a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In The Squirrel and the Chipmunk, a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.


Once again David Sedaris shows us the most outrageous, tender, absurd sides of ourselves in his profoundly funny, well-crafted stories that somehow, magically, bring home a major point about fidelity or guilt or love…. (Christian Science Monitor).

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