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Happy-Go-Lucky

By: David Sedaris
Narrated by: David Sedaris
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Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask—or not—was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. As Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes.

But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he's stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine.

As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. His offer to fix a stranger's teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone's son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter.

In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all. If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Sedaris.

©2022 David Sedaris (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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Not all laughs

While I really enjoyed this book and adore Sedaris’ brilliant, dry observations I was a little taken aback at how dark it was in parts. Much of the book discusses he and his siblings relationship with his father. Taking the descriptions at face value his father was most certainly abusive yet Sedaris goes to lengths not to label him
as such. Perhaps he is just letting us decide for ourselves. The blunt description of the abuse and a significant relationship suicide was not what I was expecting. There is no issue with either of these things but if like me you read the reviews and thought you were going to belly laugh your way through the entire experience - you will not. It is also an honest and damning reflection of the deterioration of American society. So yep - don’t let the title fool you. Highly recommend with a trigger warning

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absolutely hilarious 😂

david sedaris is a living legend. long may he and Hugh rein! Hugh has to hang around as he's an excellent source of comedic material! I nearly wet my pants with laughter at the sir lance-a-lot scene. keep writing and narrating. the world needs to split it sides with laughing people, not war mongerers and misogynists

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Over too soon

Going about my day listening to David tell his stories was a joy I didn’t want to end. I’m off to buy another of his audiobooks now..

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Charming and funny

Well written and read. Lots of funny moments and quaint observations, but also approached difficult subjects like death, family relationships, and mental health.

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David has a gift for words

I listened to this book on a long (solo) road trip and found myself laughing out loud at some of his stories. He has a lovely way with words and delivery.
This was the first time I had read one of his books and now I’m going to work my way through the collection!
It is such a thrill to ‘read’ good writing.

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Loved it!

Having David Sedaris himself narrate the book makes this all the more special.
An astute observation of our society during a period of Covid - marked with humour, tinges of sadness and a glorious use of language, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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:-) / :-(

It is David Sedaris books in audio format only from now on for me. Laugh-out-loud funny in many parts but tempered with some serious and sad bits too.

Five stars.

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Incredible

I envy those who have not yet listened to/read this lovely book. Onto the next one.

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I'm gonna start taking my bra off

hilarious, irreverent, interesting. loved it all, and I'm off to buy another DS book

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More funny stories

It feels like a continuation of Calypso. The stories seem a little less coherently linked but just as funny. It can feel a little bitchy but that's what makes it funny.

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