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Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (2017)

Tekijä: David Sedaris

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Biography & Autobiography. LGBTQIA+ (Nonfiction.) Nonfiction. Humor (Nonfiction.) HTML:One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot


An NPR Best Book of 2017

An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017

A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee
David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making.

For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.
Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.
Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, there's no such thing as a boring day.

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Charming little slice of life observations. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
Another memoir by Sedaris, who this time is simply pulling some nuggets out of his diaries from decades ago. Honestly, I’m not sure if he is stretching a yarn with some of these stories, or if he’s more observant than I am, or if he just has led the sort of life that puts him in the path of some of these crazy characters. Maybe it’s a little of all the above. In any case, it had me laughing at a time when I needed lifting out of my stressful everyday life, and I appreciated it.

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive, with an excellent narration by the author.
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  Doodlebug34 | Jan 1, 2024 |
The little tidbits day by day of David's musings. You see his writing and humor develop over the years. He discusses his mother's death, his typical republican, alcoholic father and bits about his siblings. They way he looks at some things is hilarious! A great read, especially if you love David Sederis! ( )
  camplakejewel | Nov 14, 2023 |
I hardly laughed and quite honestly, I get the impression that David Sedaris is a total jerk. I couldn’t wait to finish this. Now I know to never read something by him ever again. ( )
  CaitlinDaugherty | Aug 28, 2023 |
An edited but extensive collection of 25 years of David Sedaris' diary entries. This is only sort of incidentally a chronicle of his life. Some major life events get skimmed over or vaguely alluded to. Various people and places show up with no introduction whatsoever (although some of them, at least, will be familiar if you've read Sedaris's essay collections). Sometimes an entry is about what he did that day, featuring lots of painting work and drug-taking in the earlier years, more plane flights and dinner parties in the later ones. More often it's just some description of something he thought about or saw that day. And the things that capture his attention enough to remark on them are... interesting. Interesting, and disturbing. He catalogs acts of violence, of harassment, misogyny, and bigotry. Lots of them. Possibly as his way of trying to process it all, who knows? He also has a weird obsession with noting every time he sees a person with physical or mental disabilities and what they were doing, and while it's never in a way that feels mean-spirited or mocking, it is a little uncomfortable. Like, dude, these are just people living their lives, can we stare a little less, please? Yeesh. Then again, he does seem to enjoy staring at strangers in general.

Anyway. You'd think, with all that, that it would be an unpleasant read, and that at over 500 pages, when it wasn't unpleasant it would just be tedious. But there is, apparently, something I find compelling about getting these little, mostly unfiltered, glimpses into someone's life and mind, and it did keep me turning pages more quickly than I would have expected. ( )
  bragan | Aug 6, 2023 |
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Ma i diari sono così. Per documentare la tua vita, devi anche viverla. Non alla scrivania, ma fuori. In quel mondo così bello e complesso e doloroso, che a volte devi proprio sederti lì e raccontarlo.
Ieri ho attraversato in bicicletta il ponte di Brooklyn. Tornando indietro ho bucato una gomma, e arrivato a casa ero distrutto. Stamattina guardando nello specchio accanto al letto ho visto una balena – una balena pelosa – che mi fissava a sua volta. Una balena pelosa e stanchissima, con un gatto accanto. Il gatto mi sembrava di conoscerlo.
A quanto pare non ho l'AIDS. La banca francese ha ricevuto i miei esami del sangue e approvato il mutuo, perciò, pur non avendolo ancora letto nero su bianco, immagino di essere negativo. È una grande notizia, visto che da quindici anni davo serenamente per scontato di essere infetto. Ogni notte che mi capita di sudare, ogni volta che mi viene un'infezione o la febbre, penso ecco, ci siamo. Non era il primo dei miei pensieri, ma non se ne andava mai. So che è stupido, ma mi ci vorrà un po' per accettare la notizia. Non è che sono deluso, è solo che devo capire cosa fare da adesso a quando mi verrà il cancro.
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Biography & Autobiography. LGBTQIA+ (Nonfiction.) Nonfiction. Humor (Nonfiction.) HTML:One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot


An NPR Best Book of 2017

An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017

A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee
David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making.

For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.
Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.
Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, there's no such thing as a boring day.

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