Book Review

‘Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls’ by David Sedaris

ledwo dsSTORY: A guy walks into a bar car and…

From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.

Sedaris remembers his father’s dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy.

REVIEW: This book is essentially a group of vignettes about the author’s life. He talks about his father’s strictness when he was young and the difference between a “normal” 1960’s childhood and one that would horrify parents today.

He lived for some years in France and discusses the dental and medical care there which was/is rather deficient compared to that which we enjoy here in the U.S.

He admits that he is gay and married to his partner. From there, he shares some of his experiences of the gay life.

Many of the stories are laugh out loud funny and some are simply boring. My favorites are the stories about his parents when he was young and his first colonoscopy. Both are really hilarious.

I truly enjoyed the author’s last novel, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.” The humor was a bit wacky, but I like wacky humor. Unfortunately, in this novel the author seemed to try hard to find things to write about that some of which should have simply been left out. But, if you like to read little snippets of humor, do give this novel a try.

Connie for b2b


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