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Review: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

May 3, 2013

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

David Sedaris never fails to make me laugh so I’m always excited to find he has a new book out.  His latest collection of essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,  includes both autobiographical and fictional stories.  His autobiographical essays are my favorite and, I’ve listened to him read so many of them, I could hear his voice in my head as I read this book – for me, that’s a good thing!

For the most part I enjoyed this book, but certainly enjoyed some of the stories more than others.  I’d read a few of them before, but that didn’t keep me from laughing as I read them.  Sedaris covers topics ranging from shopping at Costco, visiting China, growing up in North Carolina, and picking up trash in England.  I love the way he can see the humor in the most mundane tasks and make me laugh at everyday things.  I did find this book to be a little more political and reflective than his past work, but I still enjoyed it a lot.  I was going through some medical procedures while I was reading this and found it to be the perfect book for the waiting room, even though I got a few looks because I was chuckling out loud.  Fans of David Sedaris and humorous essays will not want to miss Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls!

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2013 4:29 am

    I just ordered this for my aunt’s birthday, hope she likes it!

  2. May 3, 2013 6:03 am

    Ahhhh David Sedaris… it’s one author I haven’t read. I must because I’ve heard so many good (funny) things about him.

  3. May 3, 2013 6:18 am

    I have this in audio and hope to get to it soon.

  4. May 3, 2013 6:31 am

    Gosh, if it is about shopping at Costco I should read this for sure since I feel like I am there every day. Even the checkout guy told me: “you shop too much!”

  5. May 3, 2013 6:41 am

    Yes, I am waiting VERY PATIENTLY for my library to get this on audio. I shall not experience it any other way, and that is all I have to say about that.

  6. Diane permalink
    May 3, 2013 6:45 am

    I’ve been patiently waiting to see the audio listed in my library network! DS is always good for a few laughs. Glad u liked it.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 3, 2013 9:23 am

    I have this on my list and am glad to know you enjoyed it!

  8. therelentlessreader permalink
    May 3, 2013 9:36 am

    I can’t wait to read this one 🙂 Sedaris never fails to make me laugh like an idiot, lol

  9. capriciousreader permalink
    May 3, 2013 10:26 am

    I really need to read something by Sedaris. I’ve only ever read The Santaland Diaries.

  10. May 3, 2013 11:09 am

    Oddly enough, I’ve never read Sedaris — which is sort of embarrassing for me to admit! I love to laugh and humor is a new favorite category of reads, so it sounds like I need to add him to my to-be-read stack. Any recommendations on which of his books to read first?

  11. May 3, 2013 12:05 pm

    Can’t wait to read this one!

  12. May 3, 2013 12:07 pm

    Thanks for a great review. I’m glad many of the stories made you laugh. I find laughter helps best when going through medical procedures. I came across this book on a website recently and hoped I’d find a review on a trusted blogger’s blog soon. Now that I have, I know it’s worth reading…Thank you Kathy!

  13. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 3, 2013 12:53 pm

    Funny. The title is sooo odd though.

  14. May 3, 2013 1:47 pm

    Kathy, I’m glad you enjoyed this! Reading in a waiting room is a good way to pass time in a pleasant way. The title of this collection cracks me up. 🙂

  15. May 3, 2013 2:23 pm

    This does sound like a fun audiobook! I’ll try and grab it from the library. Laughter is the best medicine 🙂

  16. May 3, 2013 3:49 pm

    I have only read a couple of his stories, but I’ve heard he’s great to see and listen to at live events.

  17. May 3, 2013 3:50 pm

    Laughing our loud in public? You better be careful. Lol

  18. May 3, 2013 4:30 pm

    I still haven’t read/listened to Sedaris. I really need to change that.

  19. May 3, 2013 6:18 pm

    I love how he finds the most trivial things essay-worthy! I have to read this one.

  20. May 3, 2013 8:09 pm

    I haven’t read any of his books but after reading some of the comments maybe I should think about listening to one.

  21. May 3, 2013 9:53 pm

    That is such a great title – it definitely makes me wonder what that is all about. 🙂

  22. May 3, 2013 10:48 pm

    I love to listen to his books on audio!

  23. May 4, 2013 10:04 am

    For some reason unless the humor is audio it is often lost on me. I received this one unexpectedly and have been on the fence about reading it.

  24. May 4, 2013 10:12 am

    I’ve got this one in audio. I’ll probably listen in the garden so I’m not laughing in public like a crazy person!

  25. booksnyc permalink
    May 4, 2013 5:33 pm

    I will definitely listen to this in audio – his books are great in audio – you feel as if you are at one of his readings. Thanks for the review!

  26. May 5, 2013 9:47 pm

    I hope all of your tests went well!!!!

  27. May 6, 2013 11:14 am

    I had to quit reading Sedaris in public. I laugh too loud.

  28. May 8, 2013 8:29 pm

    OK … now I know what my next audiobook will be!!! I’ve been told numerous times that I have to listen to him and I never have. Can’t wait to have the experience!

  29. bookingmama permalink
    May 10, 2013 8:12 am

    Just loaded this one into iTunes. I figure I need a good laugh!

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