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Book Review: Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls

Posted on: January 30, 2014

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris, Little, Brown and Company, 2013, e-book, 297 pp.

Diabetes with owlsThere is no one who does narrative memoir humor like David Sedaris. It’s been an intense January for me, with lots of distractions. When I needed something easy to read and requiring little concentration for a long plane ride, Sedaris was my guy.

As always, Sedaris has a way of narrating his life that makes us howl with laughter. While this wasn’t quite as laugh-out-loud funny as some of his other books, it was entertaining throughout. Some of the stories come from his adult life in London with his partner Hugh, and include everything from reflections on Obama’s election and visits to the dentist. Others hearken back to childhood experiences like taking home a baby loggerhead turtle, and falling in love with the “kookaburra” song, much to the torment of his father. I especially appreciated the section where he writes about his notebooks–the way he writes down every little thing he notices in the day. Those notebooks eventually inspire the crazy tales we all love. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls strays a bit from the other books I’ve read by this author because he occasionally writes pure fiction. He writes first person satire as if he is a high school student, a woman, and an opponent of same-sex marriage, with much humor.

None of the stories stuck in my mind with the clarity and hilarity of some of his other essays, but it was enjoyable and helped me pass a nervous time with a smile.


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