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Theft by Finding

Diaries: Volume One
Narrated by: David Sedaris
Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)
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'He's like an American Alan Bennett, in that his own fastidiousness becomes the joke, as per the taxi encounter, or his diary entry about waiting interminably in a coffee-bar queue.' (Brian Logan, Guardian review of An Evening with David Sedaris)

The point is to find out who you are and to be true to that person. Because so often you can't. Won't people turn away if they know the real me? you wonder. The me that hates my own child, that put my perfectly healthy dog to sleep? The me who thinks, deep down, that maybe The Wire was overrated?

For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print or audio.

Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favourite entries. From the family home in Raleigh, North Carolina, we follow Sedaris as he sets out to make his way in the world. As an art student and then a teacher in Chicago, he works at a succession of very odd jobs, meeting even odder people, before moving to New York to pursue a career as a writer - where instead he very quickly lands a job in Macy's department store as an elf in Santaland....

Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation's greatest comic geniuses.

©2017 David Sedaris (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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sedaris goes deep

david sedaris remembers with some trepidation his early years as a diarist. it makes his transformation into the brilliant literate and humorous writer of today all the more amazing

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Sedaris delights again with his latest book!

If you love David Sedaris you'll love this book, if you've never encountered him, this is a great entree to his work. The diaries give you a great insight into David and his hilarious way of encountering the world. I absolutely adored this book!

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Honest review

Was recommended this book in a book club. It was one of the most boring books I've listened to. Got up to chapter 11 and couldn't finish it.

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Interesting View of Sedaris's World

An eclectic mix of an eccentric view of day to day life. Challenges contemporary values and behaviours. Entertaining & often amusing Sedaris captures the madness, mayhem and double standards of humanity.

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Every day is better with Sedaris

These snippets of Sedaris are variously hilarious, heart wrenching, tender, silly, frustrating and always, ALWAYS the bare bones truth of it. Every day is better with this level of honesty. David Sedaris is a treasure: a man unafraid of himself or the truth as he sees it. I could take a bath in his writings were it possible.

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