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Happy-Go-Lucky
Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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David Sedaris returns with his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling Calypso.
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jdiehr
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I just adore David Sedaris.

This essay collection was timely, funny, and sometimes disturbing.

I could hear his voice as I read - normally I listen to his audiobooks.

Maybe this is the year I'll finally get to meet him...

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JenReadsAlot
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Andrew65 Love this. Thanks for playing along, it‘s been a good way to review the year. 4w
JenReadsAlot @Andrew65 Thanks for doing this! 4w
Andrew65 @JenReadsAlot Really enjoyed doing this, thank you. (edited) 4w
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jdiehr
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Cashed my bonus check from work and spent it all at the Barnes and Noble half off sale 😄

TheBookHippie Oooo Banksy!!! 1mo
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JenReadsAlot
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A few more serious topics in this one, but always a pleasure to listen to this man!

peaknit This is the one that had me crying with laughter in my flower bed. Lol 1mo
JenReadsAlot @peaknit Every time I laughed I thought of you doing that! Lol 1mo
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Leftcoastzen
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The most recent Sedaris is a bit darker than some , but with the death of his father and Covid 19 being topics it‘s not surprising.his powers of observation & his sense of humor still provided laugh out loud moments.I love the essay about missing his live readings, it‘s a way to evaluate if the material is working and makes his work a cross between traditional writing & stand up in a way. I have no idea why I haven‘t ever seen him live.

LeahBergen He really is brilliant to see live! 2mo
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen I will someday , I used to travel for business, was always in wrong place . Maybe next time he‘s here 2mo
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Ncostell
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David Sedaris does it again! I always enjoy seeing the world through his quirky lens as he‘s able to highlight the bizarre and alternatively the poignant moments in life. In this book he covers his experiences during COVid pandemic and the loss of his father with whom the family has a complicated history. I read this in print but may look for it in audio at some point as I love listening to him as well.

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cariashley
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Was very lucky to see David Sedaris perform in my town the other night, and got to meet him. It was a delight, as is his new collection. One of the few things my husband and I can enjoy together on car rides!

Suet624 I‘m seeing him in a few days. Can‘t wait. 4mo
cariashley @Suet624 have fun!! 4mo
DivineDiana Love the inclusion of a sketch! ❤️ 2mo
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elkeOriginal
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If you like David Sedaris, you will enjoy this book of essays. He covers some heavy issues, but also made me physically laugh-out-loud. Not always comfortable reads, but always worth it. Plus we see a good amount of sister Amy. And this cover! 🤦🏼‍♀️😆

rubyslippersreads That cover is triggering my coulrophobia. 4mo
elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads No doubt! It is terrifying. 4mo
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AvidReader25
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At this point most people know whether they like Sedaris‘ work or not. For me, I will always listen to it on audio and it will always make me laugh uncontrollably. There are also obviously things he writes that make me cringe. This particular collection is full of reflections on living in a pandemic, the complicated emotions that come from losing his father, and musings about growing older. It‘s slightly more maudlin, but still full of hilarity.

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cdreincarnate
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Mehso-so

I only had a few days to read this before my book club discussed it. Fortunately, it‘s short, so I was able to read it real fast 💨

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Kitta
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Reading is not going well. Someone stole my book! 🐈

#catsoflitsy #littenkitten

Ruthiella 😹😹😹 4mo
FlowerFairy 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
elkeOriginal Bad kitty 😆🥰 4mo
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Lesliereadsalot
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I‘ve read everything he‘s written. I don‘t know of another author who shares such personal information that makes you laugh. The chapter on him going on a book tour and hearing other peoples jokes had me rolling on the floor. And he spoke with such realism about his father‘s end of life. I highly recommend all his books, especially if you want to give your day a big lift.

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Ibsbadibs
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David Sedaris never disappoints. Masterful blend of humor, introspection, and family dynamics/history dissection. I didn‘t love the pandemic parts of the book but that‘s more due to my personal preferences and not a reflection on the writing. I would love to come back in a few years with fresh eyes.

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TorieStorieS
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I started reading this one out loud to my aunt while she was in the hospital for some laughs-& while glossed over for her some of the sections about Lou‘s decline & death, it still gave us some last happy memories to laugh about- gunderpants especially! Because I read it so slowly, I also listened to it myself. While it‘s not all new material, I found this essay collection to hit a wide range though I‘ll probably always associate it with my aunt.

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DavidDiamond
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In my eyes, David Sedaris can do no wrong and is always a pleasure to read.
From laugh out loud moment to poignant ones, he covers the entire gamut.
Stories about his crazy family, his dying father, book tours and travel in our pre and post-Covid world... and teeth.

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Ericalambbrown
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I read this when it first came out but wanted to wait until I listened to it to post a review. I really liked this book. It has some essays that are personally revealing and consequently seem a little more raw and honest for Mr Sedaris than his ordinarily snarky family tales. That said there were still some that I laughed aloud heartily. Oddly, the book ends with a mention of Springfield, MO which is the place I mean when I‘m “going to town.”

Moony I read his diaries and it was some much fun. 5mo
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tara_ashley
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I picked this book up at E Shaver bookstore on a recent trip that my family and I took to Savannah and I couldn't put it down. This book is hilarious. I love Sedaris' dark humor.

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Bookboss
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I listened to the audiobook read by the author, and my husband read the hardcover. If you have read the two volumes of David Sedaris‘s diaries, you will find many repeated stories in this collection. I didn‘t mind, because I enjoy his work. While I am sure many of his anecdotes are exaggerated for comic effect, his reflections are brutally honest. I highly recommend the audiobook so you can hear the work read by the author.

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Chelsea.Poole
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I loved this so much. We saw David Sedaris in April and this collection was very similar in tone, in fact he read “Pussytoes” during his presentation. There‘s some really rough content here about his relationship with his father. Sedaris‘ signature wit and observations were timely, this time about the pandemic and guns in America. His stories about his relationship with his sisters/family and his husband are always hilarious.

britt_brooke I just love him, and this book. I‘ve listened to it on audio twice already. 😂 7mo
IuliaC Nice review and beautiful flowers! 🤩 7mo
Chelsea.Poole @britt_brooke me too…I described him at work as an odd little duck who feeds gummy worms to ants but has hilariously insightful observations about life. (some people still don‘t know this man 🤯) I also listened to the audio, and read a few chapters in the physical book. Love his delivery!! 7mo
Chelsea.Poole @IuliaC thank you! The lacy-edge lilies were transplanted from my mom‘s garden 😊 7mo
britt_brooke @Chelsea.Poole Your description is spot on! 😂 7mo
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Lindy
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Listening to David Sedaris read his own work is always a pleasure. Highlights in this collection are:
—examples of his close relationship with his sisters
—learning to shoot a gun
—his father transforming into Mr Congeniality when he was in his mid-90s (even admitting his voting for Trump had been a mistake)
—Sedaris‘ surprise about what women readers said to him about wearing bras

#audiobook

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Lindy
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Spent today working on projects for my online Paint and Print with Natural Dyes course. And listening to the tagged audiobook.
#audiocrafting #craftersofLitsy

CarolynM They look great! 7mo
Lindy @CarolynM thanks 😘 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading Love those!! 😍 7mo
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Cathythoughts Wow ♥️ 7mo
julesG Gorgeous! 😍😍 7mo
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rachelk
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Did David Sedaris write funny essays during political turbulence, a pandemic and after the death of his father? Yes. Not as funny as say, “Me Talk Pretty One Day” but worthwhile. I wanted to know his take on everything and I was thrilled to get it. The only caveat is that if you‘re not already a fan you should probably start with his earlier essays and get to know him first.

Megabooks Agree with all of this. Much darker humor. 7mo
rachelk @Megabooks Yes. I think this set of essays finds him in an (understandably) darker, grumpier place than we‘ve seen him before. As a long time fan, I love him but I can see why this might not appeal to everyone. 7mo
rachelk @Megabooks After I said it might not appeal to everyone I saw that as of now it‘s at 95% on Litsy with a 4.27 rating on Goodreads 7mo
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Bookboss
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My husband and I went on a short trip, and we visited four bookstores along the way!

Ruthiella Nice haul! 👍 7mo
Chrissyreadit So much fun! 7mo
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peaknit
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If you see a woman on her hands and knees, shoulders hitching up and down, laughing so hard that she‘s crying while weeding her flower bed, just keep walking. She‘s listening to David Sedaris‘s latest and she‘d be me. Say hello if you‘re a Litten. 😂

JenReadsAlot Omg Stacey hilarious 😂 7mo
peaknit @JenReadsAlot I feel like this book is bringing me so much joy is needs a PSA, and David‘s squeaky voice is gold, right?! 7mo
JenReadsAlot Can't wait to listen to it!! 7mo
jlhammar Ha! Love this. 7mo
squirrelbrain 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Sedaris‘s latest essay collection finds him in good form. I chuckled along with this in a number of places and really enjoyed it.

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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Another great essay collection from David Sedaris. More related to current events (guns, COVID, BLM) than most of his other work, and it sounds like a more honest portrayal of his dad after his recent death. Definitely worth reading if you‘ve enjoyed his other work.

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peaknit
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Sedaris rule: “Be yourself. Unless, of course, yourself is an asshole.” Started this to run and knit to, and have enjoyed some laugh out loud moments already.

julesG I like what you're knitting. #KnittersOfLitsy 7mo
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BBooks
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Got it as soon as it dropped and finished it same day. Sedaris continues to deliver. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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britt_brooke
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Fellow Sedaris Stans: He was on Conan‘s podcast last week and it‘s a fantastic listen! He was also on back in February of 2019, so you‘ll probably want to check that one out, too. Really fun!

Maria514626 Thanks, @britt_brooke! I can't imagine the two of them in one room. 😄
He was also on Depresh Mode, ep. 65 (different vibe but also a great podcast): https://maximumfun.org/episodes/depresh-mode/stories-that-david-sedaris-is-final...
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britt_brooke @Maria514626 Thank you! I‘ll give it a listen. 💚 7mo
fredthemoose Oooh—thanks for the tip! I‘m experiencing the audiobook equivalent of looking at a full closet but having nothing to wear… 7mo
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fredthemoose @Maria514626 thanks for posting! 7mo
britt_brooke @fredthemoose 😂 I‘m very familiar with this feeling and it‘s really the perfect description! I‘ve started listening to more podcasts this year and it helps me fill those gaps while I decide on an audiobook. Apparently, my ears need something at all times. 😬 7mo
fredthemoose @britt_brooke if I‘m not sleeping, working, or talking to someone, I‘m listening to something. I just delayed taking a shower by half an hour because I didn‘t know what I wanted to listen to. It‘s ridiculous. 7mo
britt_brooke @fredthemoose Sounds about right! 😂 7mo
Maria514626 @fredthemouse Perfect description! And god forbid I could be alone with my thoughts for five minutes. 😆 7mo
britt_brooke @Maria514626 @fredthemoose Exactly! I keep thinking about this … apparently I don‘t want to be in my own headspace for too long. Not sure what this says about us. 😂 Maybe we just need to always be learning. Let‘s go with that! 😅 7mo
Maria514626 @britt_brooke @fredthemoose I like that answer! 👏👏👏 7mo
fredthemoose @Maria514626 it‘s absolutely unacceptable! 😂 I like thinking it‘s that I want to be learning and not that I can‘t stand being alone with my own thoughts, and it‘s best not to risk it and actually find out. 7mo
Megabooks Thanks for the heads up!! 7mo
britt_brooke @Maria514626 I listened to the depresh mode episode this weekend. Thanks for putting it on my radar! A tough, but great listen. 7mo
Maria514626 @britt_brooke 👍 It‘s a great podcast. John Mike‘s email newsletter is great, too. Some serious and a lot of snark. 🙂 7mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My only complaint is that it‘s too short, so the obvs solution was to read it twice! It‘s an excellent collection largely about Lou Sedaris and pandemic times. Funny and dark commentary as usual. The last essay where he mentions his first post-Covid show in Nashville? I was there, at War Memorial Auditorium, front row center! I could see his freshly Invisalign-ed smile. It was an incredible evening!

britt_brooke @Cinfhen I know you didn‘t love this one, but tagging you anyway. 🙂 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad it worked for you!! It had some great moments but overall I was disappointed 😔 It was wayyyy too short and 1/3 of the collection was previous material (so that made me pissy). Plus I felt it was a bit too dark and mean spirited. He was far from Happy Go Lucky in this collection 🙃 7mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen “Theme and Variations” is one of my all-time favorites of his, so I didn‘t mind hearing it again. Reminds me of the first time I met him at Parnassus. But, I understand your feelings! 7mo
Cinfhen No matter what, his delivery and observations are pretty fabulous 🙌🏻 7mo
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underground_bks
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A group road-trip requires a David Sedaris audiobook—and he never fails to entertain and provoke! In this collection, he touches on the COVID-19 pandemic, his father‘s deathbed, Black Lives Matter marches of 2020, the value of corrective dentistry, and things people stick up their rectums! I do have to say Sedaris had me cringing with a couple places where his wealth and age have him a bit out of touch. Still worth a listen!

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Addison_Reads
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#NetGalley

This might not be my favorite Sedaris, and it definitely has some darker more emotional stories, but it was still overall an enjoyable read.

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Christine
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I like reading David Sedaris because he makes me uncomfortable - uncomfortable with his perspectives and judgments and choices that don‘t resonate with me, but also uncomfortable with the ones that do! 😝 I always appreciate his humor and LOLed while listening to this perhaps more than any of his recent collections, I think. Would like to purge the cover from my memory forever, but otherwise a great read!

EvieBee Lol! A particularly hideous 🤡! 8mo
Christine @EvieBee Right? 😆 I‘m not an all-out clown hater, but this one got to me. 8mo
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Megabooks
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This is a truly horrible picture of us, but Parnassus was wonderful about accommodating my dad‘s disability and so was David Sedaris.

They saved front row end seats, so he could get in and out easily. I was three seats down from Ann!! 🤩🤩 And David signs disabled people‘s books first so between my cast and dad‘s cane, we went right up! I‘ll share our personalized autographs and what we talked about tomorrow. It was a great night!!

Ruthiella What a wonderful experience! 😃 8mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Such a fabulous photo!! Sounds like an AMAZING NIGHT!!!! Did you fangirl over Ann?!!?? Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee, I‘m SO happy for you 😘😘😘 (edited) 8mo
QuietlyLaura I think it‘s a great photo! ☺️💕 8mo
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mrp27 Aww what a great photo! 8mo
LeahBergen Love it! ❤️👏❤️ 8mo
TrishB That‘s brilliant ❤️ 8mo
CarolynM It‘s a lovely photo😍 and 3 seats from Ann💞💞💞 8mo
Centique Oh wow! That‘s a gorgeous smiley photo! I‘m so glad you both had a great time 💕 8mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh wow! What a fab evening!! Lovely smiles 😊😊 8mo
batsy This is lovely ❤️❤️ 8mo
Cathythoughts Great photo! Happy days ♥️ 8mo
Librarybelle Sounds like a wonderful experience! ❤️ 8mo
youneverarrived Sounds like a brilliant night 🥰 8mo
RaeLovesToRead Cute picture! 😊 Sounds like a great evening! 8mo
MaureenMc 💕💕💕 8mo
AmyG Oh Wow! Sedaris is the best. Sounds like a wonderful time. 8mo
jlhammar That is so great! I can't wait to hear more about it. 8mo
sarahbarnes It‘s a great photo! 😊😊 8mo
Graywacke Wow. What a great experience 8mo
britt_brooke I‘m so happy y‘all had a fun experience! 8mo
squirrelbrain Sounds fabulous! And the pic is lovely! 8mo
BarbaraBB That sounds fantastic! Can‘t wait to hear the details ❤️ 8mo
Gissy Sounds fabulous! Great photo👌 8mo
UwannaPublishme Wow! So cool! Glad you and your dad had such a great time.❤️ 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB just emailed the details to you and @Cinfhen ! Probably too many details… 😂 8mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thank you! We had such a great night! 8mo
Megabooks @Gissy @UwannaPublishme thanks! It was an unforgettable night! 8mo
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Megabooks
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David Sedaris tonight!! Squee!

vivastory How fun! 8mo
JenReadsAlot He's so great! Enjoy!! 8mo
merelybookish Have fun! 8mo
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Leftcoastzen Wonderful! Good for you guys! 8mo
LeahBergen Lucky duck! 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m soooooo excited for you and your dad!!!! I can‘t wait to hear all the details!!!! 8mo
BarbaraBB Thinking of you! Hope you had a great time!! 8mo
squirrelbrain Hope you had a fab time! 😘 8mo
britt_brooke So bummed I couldn‘t make it to this one! Would‘ve loved to see you all! 8mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke same. Next time for sure! Also Cindy House was with him and I told her a friend had given her book a good review, which set of my conversation with David about audiobooks. I‘m going to check out her audiobook now. 👍🏻 8mo
Megabooks @vivastory @JenReadsAlot @merelybookish @Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain it was such a great night!! 11/10 would recommend seeing him to anyone!! 8mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Ahh, that‘s awesome!! 8mo
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Floresj
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David Sedaris delivers on many of these essays about Hugh, random interactions with others, and his family. Some are a little off, but he still makes me laugh and plow through his books in less than 24 hours.

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jlhammar
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I am always here for a new David Sedaris essay collection. As others have mentioned, this one is a bit darker, more reflective than his previous and brutally honest. Still great. Life can be dark and you have to laugh about it (or at least I do). I‘m sad to have finished. Now I‘ll just have to wait patiently for his next!

EvieBee Awww, great review. Was curious if this had reflections on COVID. 8mo
jlhammar @EvieBee Thank you! Yes, the pandemic definitely plays a role in many of these essays. 8mo
Megabooks 💯 agree with your review! 8mo
EvieBee Nice, I‘m thinking about reading his books in order which will include many rereads, just to see his progression. I love him! 8mo
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Sara_Planz
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David Sedaris has been one of my favorite essayists for many years. This collection hits a bit differently, and honestly that is fine with me. While there are plenty of laugh out loud moments (gunderwear, book tour themes, etc) that we have come to expect from Sedaris, this collection is extremely introspective. His humor and tone may seem a bit darker with this book, but I find it appropriate for the subject matter tackled.

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jlhammar
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🦩I‘m only about a third of the way through, but so far 😆 🔫 🕰 🇫🇷 ✉️ 🐜 😂
🦩 Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden was a fun debut thriller. It felt like it could be the set up for a series and I‘d love to get more Virgil Wounded Horse.
🦩 The Book of Cold Cases ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️—I liked it

#WondrousWednesday
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Eggs Cold Cases…I intend to read it this year 😻 8mo
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Sara_Planz
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Summer can now officially start. The new David Sedaris arrived today!!! He is always one of my “must buy” authors! Happy-Go-Lucky looks sooooooo good! The cover is so perfect!!

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“…in the UK, it‘s hard to get a rifle and next to impossible to secure a handgun. Yet somehow, against all odds, British people feel free. Is it that they don‘t know what they‘re missing? Or is the freedom they feel the freedom of not being shot to death in a classroom or shopping mall or movie theater?”

TrishB Pretty much…. 8mo
MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 8mo
Bookwomble Yup, pretty much! Just watched a US TV show in which one character walks up to a house in a town, knocks on the door and the homeowner comes out with a rifle and says they will shoot them for trespassing if they don't get back on the sidewalk. And, I think that can't be legal, that even in the US you can't just shoot somebody for standing on your drive, but then ... 🤷🏻‍♂️❓ 8mo
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BooksNBowls @Bookwomble yep in some states you absolutely can unfortunately… 8mo
Bookwomble @BooksNBowls Wow! 🤯 8mo
BooksNBowls @Bookwomble it‘s insane. Most southern states are pro-gun. I live in the most gun violent city in the country (Memphis) and it‘s terrifying. We don‘t go out anymore because of all the shootings. 3 people died at the pride parade last weekend. 8mo
Bookwomble @BooksNBowls I don't really know what to say - that does sound awful. Staying in with books sounds like a plan. Stay safe 💖 8mo
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FashionableObserver
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I ADORE David Sedaris! So happy this little gem is going to keep me company during the hurry-up-and-wait foolishness that goes with being a Track Mom!

Karisa Felt the same way yesterday about Louise Erdrich yesterday at my son‘s swim meet (from 6:45am-3pm😱). I felt antisocial reading between races while ignoring everyone (teen son was hanging out with friends) but I was quite content. 😂 Hope your book is good too. 8mo
FashionableObserver @Karisa Books are what get us through! 😂 I hope the meet went well! #SportsMomBookwormsUnite 8mo
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Kitta
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Had a great time Thursday night watching David Sedaris talk about his new book and read some excepts! He can be so funny.

Excited to start this one!

Chelsea.Poole We saw him in April…he was great! I can‘t wait to start the new book 😊 8mo
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Ericalambbrown
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David Sedaris‘s Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross was wonderful. It was quite different from his typical interview. He wore his emotional vulnerability on his sleeve more than he usually does - typically his pain is hidden behind his witty sarcasm and humor. If you are a fan, it‘s worth a listen :

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/31/1101440888/david-sedaris-happy-go-lucky

ncsufoxes His dad lives down the road from my parents in Raleigh. I don‘t the exact house but the different areas (North Hills) that he talks about in Raleigh is the same area my parents live. 8mo
Suet624 Thanks for the link! 8mo
Ericalambbrown @ncsufoxes oh wow! 😀 8mo
Ericalambbrown @Suet624 you bet! Happy to share! 8mo
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Megabooks
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Belying its name, this is one of Sedaris‘ darker collections, but I still loved it. A lot of it deals with his complicated feelings about losing his dad, and not all of it is pretty. He writes about his sister Tiffany‘s sexual abuse allegations against their father. However there are lighter moments. I love his international shopping addiction, and it‘s fun when he shares unique finds. I also enjoyed his observations about the pandemic and masks.

Cinfhen I‘m glad you enjoyed this one!! 8mo
Cinfhen Especially since you are going to see him with your dad!!!! It‘s sooooo soon 🥳🥳🥳 8mo
AudiobookingWithLeah Yikes...that clown is quite scary! 8mo
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Ericalambbrown His Fresh Air interview this week was amazing and quite different from his others with Terry Gross. He really wore his emotional vulnerability on his sleeve. https://www.npr.org/2022/05/31/1101440888/david-sedaris-happy-go-lucky 8mo
CaroPi I just got the audiobook.!! Ready start to listen his stories 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen so excited!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 8mo
Megabooks @AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH abso-freaking-lutely re: the clown!!!! 8mo
Megabooks @Ericalambbrown thanks for the link! He was more emotional in the book as well. It‘s different than prior books. 8mo
Megabooks @CaroPi enjoy!! 8mo
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Cinfhen
Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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Mehso-so

I had such high hopes for a “new” David Sedaris collection but this one didn‘t quite deliver. First it‘s short & half the material was recycled, which I found annoying. Second, he used to make keen observations that were insightful and often hilarious but this collection he seemed mean, petty & spoiled. His musings were often uncomfortable and at the expense of others. I still found laughs but most of the time I was cringing. A mixed bag.

Hooked_on_books I have occasionally found him to be that way. It‘s frustrating, since he can be so funny. 8mo
Suet624 I can imagine it‘s hard to be funny after the last few years we‘ve had. 8mo
Cinfhen It was more than not being funny @Suet624 it‘s like he decided F You to everyone else, it had a bit of an edge. 8mo
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Cinfhen Absolutely @Hooked_on_books he still has the ability to be VERY FUNNY but also crotchety 😐 (edited) 8mo
Megabooks I didn‘t mind this the way you did. I found a lot of his observations about aging and death and parents and reflecting on this intersection to be spot on. Living in a place where parental death is discussed daily, idk, I enjoyed this much more than you. It was dark, but I didn‘t find him to be any more or less petty and mean than usual. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
Cinfhen I thought it was unnecessary to accuse his dad of child molestation especially given that the man is no longer alive - and why did he need to insult Hugh‘s nephews - they‘re kids - and I thought it was slightly obnoxious to talk about buying a second apartment in NYC so Hugh can practice his piano - IDK 🤷🏼‍♀️ @Megabooks this collection was stale in my opinion but I‘m glad you found parts to relate too. I was annoyed from the get-go 8mo
Cinfhen I think I was still feeling annoyed from his previous collection @Megabooks when he had Tracy reading for him 😛 8mo
Megabooks Lol. I can see why you thought that was a low blow to his dad, but I think he was working out a lot of complicated feelings about a parent he didn‘t get along with. I don‘t think you or I would choose to do it that way, but people have said much worse in thinly veiled auto fiction, so I kind of appreciate that he called his dad out directly. And yeah…kids, that. He‘s never seemed to like them. I guess he needed to make that clear. 8mo
Cinfhen Haha 😂 @Megabooks you are definitely more forgiving than I am!! I guess I need to check my crotchety attitude 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen lol. You know me. The hopeful forgiving one. 😂😂😂 Sounds good on paper, but sometimes I feel a bit sappy! 😉 8mo
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Cinfhen
Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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It‘s turning dark 🥺I wasn‘t expecting that 😳I love David Sedaris and that he‘s willing to go there, but given the person he‘s slandering isn‘t alive to respond makes me uncomfortable. Anyone else listen/ read? Thoughts?? #AudioCleaning #DishwasherDuty It‘s still David Sedaris and some of his material is absolutely hilarious.

HeatherBookNerd Sedaris always has a few very dark spots in his books. He goes there. 8mo
Cinfhen Yeah he does @HeatherBookNerd but this time it felt almost unnecessary. I‘ll be curious to hear what others think after they read/listen 8mo
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Cinfhen
Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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Squeeee!!! It‘s here!!! 🤗🤗🤗I‘m SO in the mood for some pandemic inspired Sedaris 😜🎧❣️

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kyraleseberg
Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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I've been a fan of Sedaris since my teens (I still vividly remember reading Naked with tears streaming down my face from laughter) and I'm enjoying this upcoming release! His stories about his father are always so razor sharp and the ones that I remember most.