Beyond Bestsellers: David Sedaris







By Isaac H.

As we move towards Valentine’s Day and the stresses and toilings of the holiday season began to cool off, there’s no better time to have a good laugh and enjoy and interesting story. One of this generation’s most talented comedians and authors, David Sedaris has shown he has no problem relaying his life on print for the amusement and enlightenment of others.

Writer, comedian and radio star David Sedaris is known for sharing stories with his unique style of sharp wit and unabashed satire. Sedaris relates his experiences growing up in the American south, traveling the continent in his youth and writing about his life. His writings invoke a folksy yet sharp and humorous take on the modern American experience.

For this month we’ve got unlimited access in OverDrive of Jenny Lawson’s hilarious and (unbelievably) mostly true memoir, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson’s eccentric memoir of a life filled with random laugh-out-loud moments almost too strange to believe. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” is hilarious and heartfelt review of the small moments in life. From a childhood in rural Texas to the awkward days of high school to adventures in marriage, Lawson isn’t afraid to lay her most personal moments bare for the amusement of others.


Beyond that title, here are more suggestions that will put your funny bone on alert:

Simpler Times by Amy Sedaris

Comic and satirical genius Amy Sedaris waxes philosophical while she offers her own spin recreational crafting. The iconic comedienne and sister of David Sedaris offers her own brand of witty, sharp and often oddball humor. Disclaimer: While there is crafting here, this book is not an actual book on crafts.


The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by Anthony Bourdain

A collection of witty essays and musings by the late writer, traveler and master chef Andrew Bourdain. The Nasty Bits has the culinary artist turned scribe compiling a number of humorous, thoughtful and evocative stories from his travels. Each writing is cleverly divided into sections by subject matter and content, as described by their “flavor”: Salty, Umami, Sweet, Sour and Bitter.


Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Take a road trip through America with Sarah Vowell as she recalls the ridiculous intricacies and idiocies of various whereabouts around the country. If you’ve done much traveling across America or have lived in some of the areas visited (or places similar), you’ll find the quirky observations, circumstances and people encountered to be very familiar.


Don’t Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff

David Rakoff’s satirical review of the excesses of modern American life takes him through some of the most ridiculously odd places on earth. Rakoff lampoons the situational excesses of western living. The author takes readers on a tour of the first world while highlighting the excesses and wastes that many Americans take for granted in a sarcastic way.


I Was Told There’d Be Cake be Sloane Crosley

A collection of writings that provide hilarious examples of problematic situations one encounters in life, from the mundane to the overwhelming. A relatable read that blends failure of expectations with ridiculous coincidence.

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene

Written by an author known for darker, serious reviews of historical events, “No Biking in the House Without a Helmet” is a comedic reflection on their author’s experiences on adoption, raising children and traveling. An uplifting read fit for every family member.


The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson

Journalist and historian Hunter S. Thompson recalls his trip to Hawaii, offering the author’s usual madcap style of jest, biting mockery and cajoling. Complete with a series of captivating sketches that capture the oddball pace of Thompson’s narration.



Are there any humorous self-reflective authors or writings that you enjoy? Try creating a Bibliocommons list to keep track of them!

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Beyond Bestsellers: David Sedaris

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