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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

I recently finished another book by David Sedaris, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. As with all of his books, this one was well worth the read. I found myself having deep feelings of gratitude for the author as I laughed, and was moved by, his prose.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

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My favorite stories are the ones where he pokes fun at himself. I love the stories of his childhood. “Loggerheads” is wonderfully cringe-worthy and funny and sad. I love the stories of his early adulthood. For me, “Stand Still” covered the well-worn territory of parental expectations, masculinity vs. humanism, and adulthood vs. pettiness. I love the stories of his life now. His story “Rubbish” tackles the fine line between being a good human and the deep relationship with neuroses that such an endeavor might inspire.

Though I’m on board with his politics, the overtly political pieces were funny, yes, but less engaging on all counts.  Still, it’s funny. And smart. And absolutely worth reading. Framed differently, perhaps in first person and expertly woven with his own life, they might be even better.

As I mentioned earlier, I had a strong feeling of gratitude as I read. I frequently hear stories of people “thanking” their favorite  artists for their work. Sedaris is one whom I want to thank, and this sense of gratitude was with me throughout the entire book.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris

In my pursuit of the newest book by David Sedaris, I discovered his Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. Although I adore(d) the title, this was not a book for me at first glance. I’m pretty much a realist fiction kind of person with a good measure of poetic prose. But, since it’s David Sedaris, I thought I would give it a chance. And, I’m so glad I did. It was a delight–as are all of his books.

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Reading it, I found myself looking forward to the time when I am able to share books with my three-year old nephew. Don’t get me wrong, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is not for young children. It is full of f-bombs and adult content, but the protagonists are all animals dealing with real human problems. Not unlike many children’s books that have animal protagonists dealing with real human child problems.

Right now, my nephew has a few books that we both like reading together. Lately, I’ve gotten a lot of joy out of The Monster Under My Bed by James Howe, for example. These are not books I would  ever seek out on my own, but I appreciate them. I love our time together spend reading a book and naming all of the things we see on a page. I’m already looking forward to the day when we are able to share more of our favorite literature with each other.