When You Are Engulfed in Flames

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Book - 2009
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Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him once more. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine. From armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds to the awkwardness of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a sleeping fellow passenger on a plane, David Sedaris uses life's most bizarre moments to reach new heights in understanding love and fear, family and strangers. Culminating in a brilliantly funny account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection will be avidly anticipated.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316154680
Characteristics: xii, 323 ; 21cm.


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This is a series of very dry, funny anecdotes. Sedaris starts on one topic, but then blindsides you with something only marginally related to the original story. It feels fresh, with a touch of that Kurt Vonnegut charm on the side.

Jun 03, 2015

Best David Sedaris book. Love it!

Dec 15, 2014

Seriously funny! Brilliant comedy act.

Aug 17, 2014

The book began with a very graphic description of a woman who was full of worms. The author then described a time when his pubic hair was full of lice.
That was enough for me. What a horrible book.

Jul 26, 2014

If you're looking for an easy read that will make you cry laughing, check this out.

huntz1ba Sep 21, 2013

Sedaris has an off-the-cuff humor style. I found this book hilarious and liked the memoir style more than his essays.

Sep 12, 2013

David as usual, is far too funny not to be a real person. That he is willing to admit the not just some of things about himself that most of us would be ashamed to but all of them, makes his literature absolutely hilarious!

kelly9601 Aug 17, 2013

I had heard it was good and really wanted to like it, but I found it difficult to identify with Sedaris' privileged life. I put it down after two or three chapters.

gottschalk Jun 19, 2013


AKOCH501 Aug 27, 2012

Great book! Don't read if you're trying to quit smoking though. It's hard for me to read about how great a cigarette would taste :)

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Feb 10, 2011

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Feb 10, 2011

"Sometimes the sins you haven't committed are all you have to hold on to. If you're really desperate, you might need to grope, saying, for example, 'I've never killed anyone with a hammer' or 'I've never stolen from anyone who didn't deserve it.'"


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