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Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (2017)

by David Sedaris

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One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot An NPR Best Book of 2017 An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017 A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017 A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making. For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences. Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet. Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, there's no such thing as a boring day.… (more)
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I adore David Sedaris' writing, but I don't think this is one of his best works. It's penetrating, insightful, and at times very raw - especially the earliest entries - but it's basically a clip show of his life, much of which he's already polished into published pieces.
I still enjoyed reading these diaries, and I was genuinely delighted by many of them. However, for a reader who isn't yet sold on Sedaris' wit and style, I'd advise reading his most recent New Yorker pieces (especially "And Now We Are Five"), "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" or "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" instead. ( )
  jeneralinterest | Dec 11, 2021 |
By now it’s well established that David Sedaris writes and lives with such ingenuity, craft, and wit that even his laundry lists would probably be entertaining. This compilation of scattered diary entries over several decades does come close to testing that point, and indeed the author admits, in an introductory note, that “I don’t really expect anyone to read this from start to finish.” But it is perfectly possible to read it picking up at any point, and Sedaris always fashions his jottings into interesting shape. With that in mind, this book could agreeably serve as a browser for bathroom visits or overnight guests. ( )
  eglinton | Aug 10, 2021 |
Yasssss! This is how diaries should be written. Onto the favorites shelf it goes.

I was sad that I was reaching the end until I suddenly noticed there is a second volume covering 2003-2020!!! Please, may it be just as good, if not better. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
nonfiction/humor. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
While I didn’t get any better sense of David Sedaris the person, I did hear the growing voice of the writer he would become. This volume takes you through his struggles with drugs and alcohol, his relations with his family and boyfriend, and finding success after The Santaland Diaries, very little navel gazing happens. In short, just the type of diary you would expect from this author ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
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Ma i diari sono così. Per documentare la tua vita, devi anche viverla. Non alla scrivania, ma fuori. In quel mondo così bello e complesso e doloroso, che a volte devi proprio sederti lì e raccontarlo.
Ieri ho attraversato in bicicletta il ponte di Brooklyn. Tornando indietro ho bucato una gomma, e arrivato a casa ero distrutto. Stamattina guardando nello specchio accanto al letto ho visto una balena – una balena pelosa – che mi fissava a sua volta. Una balena pelosa e stanchissima, con un gatto accanto. Il gatto mi sembrava di conoscerlo.
A quanto pare non ho l'AIDS. La banca francese ha ricevuto i miei esami del sangue e approvato il mutuo, perciò, pur non avendolo ancora letto nero su bianco, immagino di essere negativo. È una grande notizia, visto che da quindici anni davo serenamente per scontato di essere infetto. Ogni notte che mi capita di sudare, ogni volta che mi viene un'infezione o la febbre, penso ecco, ci siamo. Non era il primo dei miei pensieri, ma non se ne andava mai. So che è stupido, ma mi ci vorrà un po' per accettare la notizia. Non è che sono deluso, è solo che devo capire cosa fare da adesso a quando mi verrà il cancro.
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One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot An NPR Best Book of 2017 An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017 A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017 A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making. For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences. Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet. Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, there's no such thing as a boring day.

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