Title: WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES - Scarce ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 2008
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 323 pages. Published in 2008. The author's sixth collection of essays and short stories. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limtied first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents David Sedaris' "When You Are Engulfed In Flames". His blockbuster sixth collection. "Cringe-worthy moments follow on the heels of laugh-out-loud ones. The stories jump back and forth in time and locale: Sedaris is in middle school, in college, in his grown, professional life; now North Carolina, now New York, now Normandy. The constant is Sedaris' narrative. He sounds incredulous and world-weary at the same time. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, the collection is a masterpiece of comic writing from a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times). "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). An absolute "must-have" title for David Sedaris collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the month and year of publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "David Sedaris 6/29/08". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in are pristine copies of the CD Sampler and Souvenir Leaflet. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Sedaris is a genuine rarity among superstar-writers: He spends time with every single person who has taken the trouble of going to his reading and waiting patiently in line to get his or her book signed. He writes lengthy, personalized inscriptions to those who want them and has been known to sign into the wee hours of the morning. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID SEDARIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0316143472. Bookseller Inventory # 18296
Synopsis: "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:
This Old House
Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie?
What I Learned
The Monster Mash
In the Waiting Room
Solutions to Saturday's Puzzle
Adult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete Toadstool
All the Beauty You Will Ever Need
Town and Country
The Man in the Hut
Of Mice and Men
April in Paris
The Smoking Section
About the Author: David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's "This American Life." He is the author of the books Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and Barrel Fever.
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