“Ah well... I thought this was WRITTEN by David Sedaris and was all ready to chuckle along with my fave memoirist. Despite my initial disappointment, this collection is great! I enjoyed the stories and will be exploring each of the authors in more detail.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“As with a lot of the reviews that I have read on this collection, I had hoped that because Sedaris picked these short stories, they would be in his style. WRONG! I read three of the stories and then returned the book to the library. Perhaps if I had read farther, it would have gotten better -...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Ah well... I thought this was WRITTEN by David Sedaris and was all ready to chuckle along with my fave memoirist. Despite my initial disappointment, this collection is great! I enjoyed the stories and will be exploring each of the authors in more detail. ”Bethany B wrote this review 4 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i was so excited to read another amazing book by david sedaris..and then i realized that he didnt write this, he just wrote the introduction and put together the group of short stories. im not one who likes short stories because i feel like just as im finally getting to know the characters and enjoy the story- it ends.
this was a GREAT compilation! my favorite by far was Joyce Carol Oates story. after reading it i went out and ordered more of her books. id already ready Jhumpa Lahiri's story which was in the book by the same name, and i was only bored by one story.
the anthology also includes Katherine Mansfield's "The Garden Party," Flannery O'Connor's "Revelation," and stories by Alice Munro, Lorrie Moore, Tobias Wolff, Dorothy Parker and Patricia Highsmith.
an epilogue by Sarah Vowell explains that the proceeds from this collection will go to 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring program designed to help students learn to write”
“Really good. It's an anthology of some of Dave Sedaris' favorite short stories. I had already read half of them before, and they were just as good as I remembered. The other half, that I hadn't read before, were excellent as well.”Molly wrote this review Thursday, July 8, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At the same time I bought "Holidays on Ice," I bought this for my Sony e-Reader. I loved this book.”Denise Dorman wrote this review Wednesday, June 2, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Of the stories read on the audio version of this book, my favorite was the story read by Mary-Louise Parker "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried". Mary-Louise was the perfect narrator for this story - her performance was deliberately flat, almost affectless which was the right tone for the story about a friend who doesn't deal/closes off from being present for her friend's terminal illness. It's a really striking short story because it doesn't bludgeon you over the head with how you should feel about watching a fiend die but it makes you wonder in yourself how would you feel and how would you deal with losing a close friend.
All the stories in this audio book are good (except for Bullet in the Brain which I listened to while I was driving so it just put me on edge). If Sedaris was responsible for choosing the reader for each story than he did an excellent job because each story was delivered very well.
Overall the collection was remarkable because of how different each story was from one another and how each story left you with feeling impressed and marveling with the fact that the story made you feel and think more about the story long after you finished hearing it.”
“This is a book of short stories David Sedaris likes, not to be confused with short stories David Sedaris actually wrote. The Joyce Carol Oates story was too hard core for me, but I really loved several of the other selections. And now I have a number of other authors previously unknown to me to read and most likely enjoy. Fabulous.”Jennie G wrote this review Tuesday, November 24, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Some of us see David Sedaris on a book cover and purchase (or check it out of the library) without question. A humorist of the highest order, this compilations of stories chosen by Sedaris are all very readable and a slice of short stories I wouldn't neccessarily chose to read but Sedaris knows how to pick em... Dorothy Parker did write some serious stuff and this along with the other is about as good as it gets for shorts.”David U wrote this review Thursday, October 29, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As with a lot of the reviews that I have read on this collection, I had hoped that because Sedaris picked these short stories, they would be in his style. WRONG! I read three of the stories and then returned the book to the library. Perhaps if I had read farther, it would have gotten better - but I have too many books to read to waste time on stories that don't interest me immediately. I LOVE David Sedaris and read his works repeatedly, as well as listen to them on CD. His suggestions - not so much.”Amy wrote this review Saturday, September 26, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In this collection, Sedaris selects five of the stories from his longer, print version. Each story is read by a different reader, including one by the actress Mary-Louise Parker, and one by Sedaris himself. The stories are all very different, but all have a common theme regarding relationships and/or how people relate to others. In one, for example, a woman frets over the impression her new life in NYC will make when her sister comes to visit from the midwest. In another, a woman deals with the pain of losing her best friend to illness while also trying to understand the relief she feels that it wasn't her. Some of the stories made me chuckle out loud, some were read better than others...the typical things you'd expect from a collaborative.
While not something I'd urge people to rush out and get, I enjoyed my first audiobook experience, and my first taste of David Sedaris (his voice is a lot higher pitched than I expected!). ”
“Two of the stories stick out in my mind as better than the others - Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff and Gryphon by Charles Baxter. There really aren't any bad stories, but these two were my favorite. Also, don't skip the wonderfully funny introduction by David Sedaris. ”Tracy Zielinski wrote this review Friday, November 14, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No