Me Talk Pretty One Day: Book Review

Me Talk Pretty One Day book coverDefinitely, a book to save for a Book Bite Dessert!

I’m a huge fan of David Sedaris’ essays in the New York Times, but I hadn’t read any of his books until recently. I started with one of his earliest essay collections published in the year 2000, titled Me Talk Pretty One Day. I’m a huge fan of David Sedaris’ essays in the New York Times, but I hadn’t read any of his books until recently. I started with one of his earliest essay collections published in the year 2000, titled Me Talk Pretty One Day. Sedaris’s book is a compilation of essays separated into two parts, life before moving to Normandy, France, and life after. The title alone encompasses some of Sedaris’ struggles such as having a pronounced lisp as a child and living in France without speaking any French. Each essay shares a glimpse of growing up as David Sedaris whether navigating his family dynamic between riotous siblings and non-traditional parents (with very traditional roles), as well as his parents’ preference of an oversized Greyhound to any of their children.  A self-proclaimed Performing Artist without an artistic ability, Sedaris talks openly about using drugs and his life with his partner, Hugh, in which he is in awe.  Although heartbreaking at times, it is 288 pages of insight and hilarity, highlighting the author’s experiences which are raw, broken, and beautiful.

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