Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Back Bay Books (June 5, 2001)
By Jessica Stewart, Courier Editor-in-Chief
“My sisters Amy and Gretchen were, at the time, undergoing therapy for their lazy eyes, while my older sister, Lisa, had been born with a lazy leg that refused to grow at the same rate as its twin. She’d worn a corrective brace for the first two years of her life, and wherever she roamed she left a trail of scratch marks in the soft pine floor. I liked the idea that a part of one’s body might be thought of as lazy—not thoughtless or hostile, just unwilling to extend itself for the betterment of the team.”
In his collection of autobiographical essays, Sedaris helps you take a peek at his life—and at the reality of your own. There are some who find this unacceptable. He is cynical and tells you like it is, in the process making fun of himself, his family, his friends, and Americans in general. He sugar-coats nothing. Not his drug habits, not his homosexuality, not his lack of motivation. He is true to himself. Best of all, he is hilarious. Me Talk Pretty One Day is the funniest book I have ever read. I cracked up, I chuckled, heck, I even giggled several times. His sense of humor appealed to me, and I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed a book quite as much as I enjoyed this one.