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Naked

Sedaris, David

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ISBN 10: 0316779490 / ISBN 13: 9780316779494
Published by Little, Brown, Boston, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Octavo in white illustrated boards in purple and blue illustrated jacket (white spine); 291 p., 22 cm. In English. Inscribed " To Claudia So good to finally meet you. David Sedaris." Abstract: "In Naked, David Sedaris's message--alternately rendered in 'Fakespeare, ' Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek--is the same: pay attention to me."--Jacket. Fine copy in fine 3/4, unclipped dust jacket; faintest wear to spine corners and open corners; else tight, clean, nearly like new copy. Bookseller Inventory # 85725

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Title: Naked

Publisher: Little, Brown, Boston

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: First edition, second printing.

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In Naked, David Sedaris's message alternately rendered in Fakespeare, Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek is the same: pay attention to me.
Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in A Plague of Tics to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means.
This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.

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Hip radio comedy fans and theater folks who belong to the cult of Obie-winning playwright/performer David Sedaris must kill to get this book. These would be fans of the scaldingly snide Sedaris's hilariously described personal misadventures like The Santaland Diaries (a monologue about his work as an elf to a department store Santa) seen off-Broadway in 1997. In a series of similarly textured essays, Sedaris takes us along on his catastrophic detours through a nudist colony, a fruit-packing plant, his own childhood, and a dozen more of the world's little purgatories.

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