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Theft by Finding: Diaries: Volume One

David Sedaris

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Biography: general, Diaries, letters & journals, Prose: non-fiction

The diaries that are the source of David Sedaris' remarkable and bestselling autobiographical stories.

'He's like an American Alan Bennett' Guardian

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'He's like an American Alan Bennett, in that his own fastidiousness becomes the joke, as per the taxi encounter, or his diary entry about waiting interminably in a coffee-bar queue'
Guardian review of An Evening with David Sedaris

The point is to find out who you are and to be true to that person. Because so often you can't. Won't people turn away if they know the real me? you wonder. The me that hates my own child, that put my perfectly healthy dog to sleep? The me who thinks, deep down, that maybe The Wire was overrated?

For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in THEFT BY FINDING, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From the family home in Ralegh, North Carolina, we follow Sedaris as he sets out to make his way in the world. As an art student and then teacher in Chicago he works at a succession of very odd jobs, meeting even odder people, before moving to New York to pursue a career as a writer - where instead he very quickly lands a job in Macy's department store as an elf in Santaland...

Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, THEFT BY FINDING offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation's greatest comic geniuses.

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Praise for Theft by Finding: Diaries: Volume One

  • Sedaris has a unique take on life, and there are plenty of his trademark funny anecdotes and observational humour, but this book needed a good edit. - Australian Financial Review

  • But this inability to be normal, at first a handicap, has become his metier. He morphed into a deadbeat artist, then a drug addict, then an improbably successful writer. His five most recent books all made the New York Times bestseller list...his writing also sings about how brilliantly clever, inventive and funny he is, a poet for everyone who wouldn't live the ordinary life if you paid them - Guardian review of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

  • Sedaris can bring to mind Anthony Trollope, P.G. Wodehouse, Alice Munro, and Woody Allen, sometimes in the same paragraph - New York Times Book Review

  • The funniest writer alive today - Jonathan Ross, interview with David Sedaris

  • This entertaining collection of diary notes from David Sedaris is not so much a memoir as observations about events taking place around

  • Long may he write and long may the 'Indefinite Leave' sticker remain in the once stolen and now returned passport of this honorary Briton - Viv Groskop, Telegraph review of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

  • Sedaris . . . can identify with almost any absurd situation and wring the last drop of wit from it - Daily Mail review of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

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David Sedaris

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in 'The Best American Essays'. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages.