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When You Are Engulfed in Flames
When You Are Engulfed in Flames | David Sedaris
"David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times). Praise for When You Are Engulfed in Flames:"Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life." --Kirkus ReviewsThis latest collection proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he's also getting better....Sedaris's best stuff will still--after all this time--move, surprise, and entertain." --BooklistTable of Contents:It's CatchingKeeping UpThe UnderstudyThis Old HouseBuddy, Can You Spare a Tie?Road TripsWhat I LearnedThat's AmoreThe Monster MashIn the Waiting RoomSolutions to Saturday's PuzzleAdult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete ToadstoolMemento MoriAll the Beauty You Will Ever NeedTown and CountryAerialThe Man in the HutOf Mice and MenApril in ParisCrybabyOld FaithfulThe Smoking Section
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britt_brooke
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Trashcanman Looks like it's map was eliminated. 1mo
britt_brooke @Trashcanman Totally. 😆 (edited) 1mo
Megabooks This is my favorite Sedaris! 1mo
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britt_brooke @Megabooks I just love him so much! 1mo
JoScho My fave Van Gogh. Great choice 🖤 1mo
britt_brooke @JoScho It‘s a brilliant painting! Van Gogh is my favorite artist and Sedaris is one of my favorite authors, so this cover made/makes me supremely happy. 💚 1mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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I love listening to David Sedaris read his books! Listening to this while walking on the treadmill made the time go by so quickly! #audiowalking

Moony Oh I read his diary last year. I liked it! 3mo
rretzler Me too! I‘m on a kick to catch up with his more recent books that I haven‘t listened to yet. 3mo
Crazeedi I keep seeing books by him and keep thinking I should try one 3mo
CoffeeNBooks @Crazeedi His books are great, especially if you listen to him read them! 3mo
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Pickpick

In the middle of listening to this audiobook, I googled "David Sedaris Tour." I would love to go see him sometime! This was another laugh out loud book interspersed with some not so funny stuff. The good stuff far outweighs the bad though.

In case you were wondering the results of my search, David will be in Oregon in November, but the venue closest to me is sold out already ?

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Branwen
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I came across these Sedaris books in the donation box at work, and since they're in almost perfect shape I snagged them! I'm pretty excited about them all! I haven't read anything by Sedaris before, though I've heard many great things about his writing. Which one should I start with? 📚💕

MaureenMc I‘d recommend Me Talk Pretty One Day. It‘s my fave. 😊 4mo
Eyelit Me Talk Pretty One Day 😃 4mo
Kaye I agree with the above 2. Sedaris is great. I‘d start with the green one 4mo
Branwen @Kaye @Eyelit @MaureenMc Awesome! Thanks so much guys! 😁💕 4mo
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Pickpick

As always, Sedaris makes me laugh. A perfect light read for introverting in snatches during this busy weekend.

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Zoe_reads_books
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In the process of cataloging all my books, I‘m rediscovering all of my signed books. I especially love David Sedaris‘s signature!

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Megabooks
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Y‘all, I am miserable today. I had ankle pain for two weeks and went to a regular ortho and he prescribed physical therapy, which made it so painful, I cried myself to sleep at night.

It took another two weeks to get into the foot specialist. He canceled my therapy and sent me for x-rays and an MRI. I get the results Friday. Good vibes appreciated!

Usually walking really helps, but I can‘t do that. 😫 So I‘m settling in with my man David. 💕

Megabooks PS @Cinfhen I started Dragon, but I can‘t concentrate anymore. The first 1.5 hours was good though! 6mo
Cinfhen Feel better, Meg! I‘m sorry you‘re in so much pain. Hope Sedaris does the trick. You definitely need to be “present” for the “ Dragon” so hopefully you‘ll get back to it. Sending you all the healing vibes ❤️💛🧡 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thank you! 😘 I know it will be fine eventually, but it‘s just being a very uncooperative foot/ankle. Sedaris is my comfort listen right now. 6mo
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UwannaPublishme Sending healing affirmations and hugs. Hope you feel better real soon. ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Kalalalatja Hope you feel better soon! 🤞💕 6mo
SW-T Hope the results are on time; that you get a solid plan for healing; and that you feel better soon! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Hope you can find something to help you heal.Hang in there ! Sending best vibes for your recovery.Laughter is good medicine! 6mo
batsy Hang in there and I truly hope you're out of pain and feeling comfortable soon!! 6mo
dariazeoli Good luck! Hope you get some answers tomorrow 6mo
Eggbeater I'm sorry you are going through that. I hope it gets resolved quickly. 💕 6mo
cobwebmoth Sending postive thoughts! 6mo
Dragon Positive energy heading your way 💕🌈🦄 6mo
Megabooks @UwannaPublishme Thank you so much!! 💙💙 6mo
Megabooks @Kalalalatja Thank you!! 💕😊😊 6mo
Megabooks @SW-T Thank you very much! 💗 6mo
Megabooks @Leftcoastzen It is good medicine! Thanks! 💙 6mo
Megabooks @batsy Thank you!! 💕💕 6mo
Megabooks @dariazeoli Thanks! 😊😊 6mo
Megabooks @Eggbeater Thank you!! 💛😊 6mo
Megabooks @Eggbeater Thank you! 💛💙💛 6mo
Megabooks @cobwebmoth Thank you very much! 6mo
readordierachel So sorry you're dealing with that. Sending all the good thoughts! 💕 6mo
Megabooks @readordierachel Thank you!! 💛💙 6mo
Reggie Hope everything comes out alright! 6mo
Megabooks @Reggie Thank you! 💙💕 6mo
Reviewsbylola I hope you got good news today and that it‘s feeling better. 6mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I kinda didn‘t. I‘ll post something when I know what to say. Basically the whole appointment was shit. 6mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m sorry to hear that. 😣 6mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Thanks 🥰 6mo
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Listening to David Sedaris, and trying to pretend that I don‘t have to venture out tomorrow. Schools are closed (including Universities and that never happens), the USPS is even not sending out carriers, but I get to work. I am not bitter at all!! 😜.

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Coby613
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This was the book I was talking about last post. Was going to send a pic of the autograph and story. I had a bedbug scare and they ransacked my room and really wrecked my library :-/

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Late night finish. Sometimes I feel I don‘t start reading until everyone goes to bed! 🤣🤣

Anyway, this is my favorite Sedaris. Good mix of childhood and adult stories. #Audiobook is, of course, excellent.

The last thing I‘ll say is I wish I had gone to Japan to quit smoking. I probably wouldn‘t have screamed at the top of my lungs at my mom for throwing away stale crackers. And then kicked her out of my house. Not my proudest moment! 😫🤦🏻‍♀️

Megabooks Thanks to anyone who reads my 450c ramble! #MonthofRereads #Nonfiction2018 complete! (edited) 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job!!! 10mo
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Megabooks
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Did some listening while I was out running errands and thought of you @Reviewsbylola 👍🏻😁

Reviewsbylola 🥰🥰🥰 10mo
SnGilmoreGirl Love David Sedaris! 10mo
Megabooks @SnGilmoreGirl Me too! 😁😁 10mo
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ladylionbot
Pickpick

While proving me wrong that David Sedaris is famous enough that every American would recogize his books, i described to my boyfriend that David Sedaris is a professional people-person; not extroverted, but more in an anthropological musings way.
His writing is funny and clever and usually gives me new perspective, while reminding me that i am never alone in the things i imagine about people on public transpiration.

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I think the person who came up with the new cover art for David Sedaris‘s backlist might be a genius. This one is on special from Audible today. I liked Naked pretty well, and I really enjoyed Me Talk Pretty One Day. Should I buy it? 🤔

JacqMac Yes, you should! It‘s great. 13mo
Susannah @JacqMac Thank you! I think I will. 😁 13mo
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Starting off #24B4Monday with some audio reading at work.

ConfessionofaBookaholic Audiobooks are the only way I can survive with a schedule that won‘t let me sit down with my books 😍 13mo
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1. Anything by David Sedaris (I especially liked the tagged book, though it has mixed reviews)
2. December (though it was supposed to be January)
3. A 9-yr-old & one on the way!
4. At my old job, these raspberry shortbread cookies.
5. Happy birthday, ya'll!! 🎉🎉

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

UnidragonFrag Oh yeah, and my doggos #vay & #gremlin (they're enough like children sometimes) 13mo
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Message in the garden this morning ☀️Reminded me that I've read some great humour recently - and one of the funniest books (and titles) is definitely #WhenYouAreEngulfedinFlames #HA

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#burn baby burn. David Sedaris is the funniest man alive. #heatofjuly

Sace Agree! He's hilarious. I've only done his audio books. I think it just enhances the hilarity. 1y
britt_brooke Love him! 1y
Cinfhen Which book of his should I read/ listen to first??? @britt_brooke do u have any suggestions for me, too??? (edited) 1y
Wilkie @Cinfhen all his books are great! 1y
Cinfhen Thanks!! I‘m looking to see if anything is available on Hoopla 1y
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The cover on my ebook. 😁👍

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I‘m going to see David Sedaris! Tonight! I‘m so excited! Which book do I bring?!?

AmyG He‘s great....says my son. Enjoy! 1y
crazyspine Jealous 1y
tammysue That‘s wonderful! Have fun! 1y
kspenmoll Enjoy! What fun he must be! 1y
JacqMac @AmyG @crazyspine @whatshesreadingnow @kspenmoll I love him! It was so fun. I could have listened forever. 1y
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YouReadMyEyes It looks pretty there 🌲🌷 2y
mcipher Where are you in this? It was a great audiobook!! I love that he reads it himself, he makes it so much funnier. 2y
DarcysMom @mcipher I am to Crybaby. I love his stuff! Him narrating is the cherry on top. 2y
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DarcysMom
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Walking in the rain today. 🌧🌧🌧
#audiowalk
#800in2018
#marchingfor90
#overdrive

YouReadMyEyes Sometimes I wish there was a Litsy walking group in my city where we could all walk together for safety, but with our headphones on each listening to our own book, and no one taking offense to it. 🏃‍♀️🎧 2y
DarcysMom @YouReadMyEyes That is the best idea! I love it! 2y
Kappadeemom Where do you live?? I‘ll do it! 😂😂 2y
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DarcysMom @YouReadMyEyes I am in Southern California, where are you? 2y
YouReadMyEyes @DarcysMom @Kappadeemom I‘m in Northern California. So close but so far 😫 2y
DarcysMom @YouReadMyEyes Darn! I love your idea.... If I am ever in your neck of the woods.... 😁 2y
YouReadMyEyes @DarcysMom yes, let me know 😆 2y
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Kevlar to my Vest—Hello Trance! (I‘ll also be getting back to the Hades Hangmen never fear-just needed something lighter)

CoverToCoverGirl Where is my fan I think I‘m about to swoon! 😋. I think I need sunglasses, he‘s so beautiful I think I‘ve been blinded by his shining light! 😍🔥🔥🔥 2y
CocoReads @CoverToCoverGirl the best cover so far. It‘s the eyes. 😍🔥😎 Although the prologue is a tear jerker so now I‘m hoping for a blast of humor or an arrest (he‘s a cop as well as a member of the MC). 2y
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Pickpick

#SlowBurn #ReadingResolutions

The cover says it all! Lol

This is a funny, witty, and poignant collection of stories where Sedaris makes fun of his actions and is able to laugh about it afterwards.

Recommended to me by @beccaeve

beccaeve Glad you enjoyed it! One of my faves! 2y
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Wow I definitely love David Sedaris. ☺️

I've read a short holiday book years ago so this is my first proper one- and I had a GREAT time. He narrates and some essays were actually recorded from standup performances. He's a great entertainer.

I feel like now I know him, and his boyfriend, so well. The daily tribulations or embarrassments he details are SO specific and yet SO relatable (quitting smoking). I giggled and nodded along throughout.

alvingregorio His voice and delivery are masterpieces, as well. 2y
mrozzz @alvingregorio Definitely! I'd love to see him perform! 2y
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“The things I've bought from strangers in the dark would curl your hair.”

Continuing my #audio #DavidSedaris #rereads. I‘m not sure what‘s more fantastic, #Sedaris reading his dark and often hilarious stories, or this #vanGogh on the cover.

#recommendsday

AmandaL I love his audiobooks! I still have a few I need to listen to. 2y
TricksyTails Yay! More Sedaris! I really need to do a reread of his books when I'm done doing my King reread. Sooooo...in about twenty years. 🙃 2y
britt_brooke @AmandaL His narration is so fantastic. Love him! 2y
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#DavidSedaris is funny as shit. #reread #audio

BarbaraTheBibliophage I feel that way about "dude." ?? 2y
britt_brooke @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes!! 😆 So true. 2y
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RadicalReader @britt_brooke where do you find these hilarious posts?! 2y
Booksnchill DavidSedaris is my bad spirit animal!!!😱👀❤️ 2y
Reecaspieces 😂😂 2y
britt_brooke @RadicalReader You have to try some David Sedaris sometime. He‘s dark and hilarious! 2y
TricksyTails 😂 I ♥️ David Sedaris! 2y
RadicalReader @britt_brooke dark and hilarious sound just like the type of material I am looking for! Any recommendations? 2y
britt_brooke @RadicalReader Me Talk Pretty One Day is a good place to start. The physical book is great but he‘s particularly hilarious on audio. 👍🏻 2y
britt_brooke @tricksytails He‘s one of my favorites! 2y
Izai.Amorim Shit is good because people don‘t repeat it so much as f$$k(ing). 2y
britt_brooke @Izai.Amorim Very true, haha! 2y
vivastory I really need to get my shit together and read more Sedaris! 2y
britt_brooke @vivastory 😆 Yes, you better get on that shit. 2y
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#😂 is so appropriate today, because I‘m going to see David Sedaris today! #uncannyoctober @RealLifeReading

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yay!! Lucky you!!! 2y
britt_brooke So fun!! 💚💚💚 Love him. I got to see him in June and it was an absolute blast! 2y
JackOBotts Awesome! Enjoy! He's fantastic. 2y
Lcsmcat @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @britt_brooke @JackOBotts I‘ve been looking forward to this since we bought the tickets last spring! 2y
Cconnolly I “discovered” him this summer through audiobooks, and would laugh out loud on my commute! Would love to see him! 2y
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I love, love, love this book. From the cover to content, it's just a fantastic read, and listening to it is even better.

I also have a soft spot for the cover, as my wife gave me a print of that painting many years ago.

Read this!

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Augustdana
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#riotgrams day seven: skulls, pumpkins, witches. I‘d be lying if I told you that I didn‘t keep this skull decoration out all year long

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It's too darn hot outside; paper may spontaneously combust. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

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azulaco

#junebookbugs day 2: #LGBTQ+authors. This is the only title sitting on my shelf on the moment that I can easily identify as having an LGBTQ+ author. I've read plenty of others, but I guess I don't have any of their work actually in my house right now.

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#JuneBookBugs Day 2 - LGBTQ+ Authors 🏳️‍🌈

A few of my favorite authors who identify as LGBTQIA+

RealLifeReading Nice angled shot!! 👍👍 2y
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Audiobooks for those with fuzzy itchy lasik eyes (no pain though so I can't complain). I miss real books already and I can't wait to feel up to some old fashioned print. Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Thanks for all your good wishes, we are healing up nicely. 👍

asiriusreader Glad you're not in any pain and hope you can read (with your eyes, anyhow!) again soon! 2y
LiteraryinLititz Hang in there!! 2y
MyNamesParadise I love playaways!!!!! 2y
monkeygirlsmama Never seen a playaway before. That's pretty cool. 2y
mcipher @monkeygirlsmama It is! No downloading or dealing with scratched CDs. Very cool idea! 2y
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Pickpick

Read this for the second time (but first time for listening on Audio!) over a long weekend's drive! A bit more somber than his earlier collections, but still has me counting down the days until his newest one is released on the 30th!! #Audiobook #RoadTrip #AudioColoring

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Enjoying some sunshine by my new pool and making my way through some of#MountTBR #currentread

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I totally #JudgedByItsCover I both loved and hated this cover. But I was intrigued enough to pick it up and discover a love for David Sedaris. #MarchingIntoReading

RealLifeReading Oh yeah definitely eye catching but also ugh 3y
susanw The cover art is apparent based on a real Van Gogh painting. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_of_a_Skeleton_with_Burning_Cigarette 3y
JacqMac @susanw Interesting. Thanks! 3y
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I liked a lot about this book. The essays I liked, I really really liked. But. For some reason, the ones at the beginning didn't grab me as much and there were a few I just didn't find as funny as the others. I think if you're already a fan of David Sedaris you might forgive those essays like I did. I wouldn't use this book as an introduction to his work though. (Try Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim or Me Talk Pretty One Day first.) 3.5🌟

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2017 #31 Essays Audio my first taste of Sedaris and he tells an interesting tale. Not sure if I would seek any more of his works but this collection was entertaining.

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Isn't this true of everyone? The same thing applies to pleasantness, I think. Which is why I have a small coffee maker in my bathroom now. It helps me not to yell at my loved ones in the morning.

rachelm ☕️☕️☕️ 3y
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"Like most seasoned phonies, I roundly suspect that everyone is as disingenuous as I am." - David Sedaris #WhenYouAreEngulfedInFlames

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😂😂😂

Jen2 Love him so much!!! 3y
RebeccasReading Me too! This essay in particular I really like. 3y
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Suet624 Yes, exactly. 3y
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I didn't need this... but I really really wanted it and it was $3😁

rachelm This sale today was nuts! 3y
RebeccasReading @rachelm I know! I had a hard time not buying all of them. 3y
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