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  • Theft by Finding

  • Diaries: Volume One
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Theft by Finding

By: David Sedaris
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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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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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Narrative

Real life stories seen through the funny lens of David Sedaris narrative. Highly recommend especially for Sedaris’es fans.

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Love David Sedaris but not this

I found this quite depressing. I guess I was looking for something like his later books but this was a bit too much of a roller coaster for me.

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Perfect auto biography

It's definitely a lot of work to keep a journal, edit it and record for such a long time. The entries never out stay their welcome, and occasionally I forget I'm listening but being able to pick up anywhere is fantastic.

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my ears were in heaven

I just finished this yesterday and now I miss him so much I’m going to listen to it again.

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I tried awfully hard to finish this

A depressing, rambling “diary”. I expected a little more than what was delivered. Very depressing

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dull musings of a neurotic bore

I'm sure his reputation as a best selling humourist is deserved. This was my first introduction. I found it to be a pretty dull look at a all too frequently victimised weirdo.

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Observation and humour

The idea for this book is so simple. A diary of the every day. What makes it so great is the author’s observation skills, noticing what is weird and wacky about the ordinary. It was also interesting to listen to the changes in voice over the 25 year period of the diary. Not for everyone but I loved it.

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