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When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008)

by David Sedaris

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    Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs (sweetiegherkin)
    sweetiegherkin: These two nonfiction books deal with giving up a vice (alcohol and, to a lesser extent, drugs for Burroughs; cigarettes for Sedaris) and both do so with dark humor scattered throughout their memoirs. That being said, Sedaris's work is more funny than serious while the opposite is true for Burroughs's. Also, Sedaris's book is largely short stories/vignettes while Burroughs's follows a more traditional narrative. Both men are homosexual and that plays some factor in their books, although it's not the overarching story and/or theme.… (more)
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Quick, mostly funny, sometimes icky, just like on the radio. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jul 17, 2016 |
I'm not sure why I thought I hated David Sedaris, or what made me want to read this book since I obviously thought I hated the author, but I'm glad I did. He's got the same sense of dry, sarcastic humor that I do.

Although I skipped a story because I figured it was going to be too gross, I thoroughly enjoyed the rest... and now have 3 of Sedaris' other books on order at the library. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris was my final book for the week. I've been gobbling down his books ever since I read Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls back in the beginning of July! I especially enjoy listening to him narrate his own books. He makes me laugh out loud multiple times and his dry sense of humor leaves me coming back for more. When You are Engulfed in Flames was no different. He makes the mundane every day stories of life hilarious, and he has some pretty interesting encounters along the way as well. From his re-telling of the time he coughed up a lozenge on a sleeping passenger on a plane with whom he just had a fight, to his discussion of taking Japanese courses (and being the worst student), to talking about befriending his neighbors, Sedaris can put a spin on them that just leaves me in stitches! I simply can't wait to get my hands on another book by this witty, clever, fantastic author. ( )
  pennylane78 | Jun 6, 2016 |
I laughed out loud. I do believe the story about the babysitter and the ones involving France were my favorites. ( )
  Caitlin70433 | Jun 6, 2016 |
I give David Sedaris my best. His book was different but a great read. The essays thoughout the book were good and humorous. I thought I might struggle through the book because it was all humor. However, I thought it was a up lifting relaxing book. At times my chuckles responded within hearing range and my face revealed a smile for others to see and wonder what the big deal was about. All that mattered is I knew this book of essay's brought some laughter into my life and I was feeling good......


I only found one con about the book. The book is not for anyone who has quit smoking in the past five years. The last section, 82 pages, is called The Smoking Section". I quit smoking 5 1/2 years ago and thought I was completely over the cravings.....but no.....David was so pertinacious about the topic of smoking and writing essay after essay on the subject it drove me bonkers. I wouldn't think after all this time a subject on smoking would effect my mood to a dangerouly outrages loathing for people who still smoke.......For the best though...I made it through those pages...I folded the pages back up and put them back in the book for someone else to read....(chuckle)....all in all the book was great......
" ( )
  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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David Sedarisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Colombo, MatteoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deggerich, GeorgTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richard, NicolasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sedaris, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316143472, Hardcover)

"David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book.
Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times).

Praise for When You Are Engulfed in Flames:

"Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life." --Kirkus Reviews

This latest collection proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he's also getting better....Sedaris's best stuff will still--after all this time--move, surprise, and entertain." --Booklist

Table of Contents:

It's Catching
Keeping Up
The Understudy
This Old House
Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie?
Road Trips
What I Learned
That's Amore
The Monster Mash
In the Waiting Room
Solutions to Saturday's Puzzle
Adult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete Toadstool
Memento Mori
All the Beauty You Will Ever Need
Town and Country
Aerial
The Man in the Hut
Of Mice and Men
April in Paris
Crybaby
Old Faithful
The Smoking Section

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A collection of essays celebrates the foibles of the author's everyday life in France and America, from an attempt to make coffee with water from a flower vase to a drug purchase in a North Carolina mobile home.

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