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“Genius.... It is miraculous to read these pieces.... You must read The Best of Me.” (Andrew Sean Greer, New York Times Book Review)

David Sedaris’s best stories and essays, spanning his remarkable career - as selected and read by the author himself. Featuring fresh and classic recordings, including a new essay and an interview exclusive to the audiobook.

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

A CNN and Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Month​

For more than 25 years, David Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. A Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside. It opens our eyes to what is at absurd and moving about our daily existence. And it is almost impossible to listen without laughing.

Now, for the first time collected in one volume, the author brings us his funniest and most memorable work. In these stories, Sedaris shops for rare taxidermy, hitchhikes with a lady quadriplegic, and spits a lozenge into a fellow traveler’s lap. He drowns a mouse in a bucket, struggles to say “give it to me” in five languages, and hand-feeds a carnivorous bird.

But if all you expect to find in Sedaris’s work is the deft and sharply observed comedy for which he became renowned, you may be surprised to discover that his words bring more warmth than mockery, more fellow-feeling than derision. Nowhere is this clearer than in his writing about his loved ones. In these essays, Sedaris explores falling in love and staying together, recognizing his own aging not in the mirror but in the faces of his siblings, losing one parent and coming to terms - at long last - with the other.

Taken together, the performances in The Best of Me reveal the wonder and delight Sedaris takes in the surprises life brings him. No experience, he sees, is quite as he expected - it’s often harder, more fraught, and certainly weirder - but sometimes it is also much richer and more wonderful.

Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called “the funniest man alive” (Time Out New York), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing - quite often at himself - and invites listeners deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.

©2020 David Sedaris (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

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Almost No New Material

I love the author and have purchased nearly all of his work. I listen to them repeatedly. Which is why I pre-ordered this book and eagerly awaited some fresh Sedaris material. However, the only new material (for me) was a wonderful essay about his brother Paul. I was not interested enough to listen to the interview with the author, which would have added further "new material." But is that truly a work by the author? I am in it for the essays. They are hilarious and profound. Also, I believe I was expecting fresh recordings of his favorite works, but they seem to be the old studio recordings from the audioboks that I've previously purchased. Please, Mr. Sedaris - - write (and record) more!

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save your money this book is a collection of older works.Save your time and energy

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Copy and Pasted

I'm a big Sedaris fan so I can't be all that surprised that a book titled "The Best of Me" is a collection of pieces I've already listened to. I thought they would at least do new recordings but it's the exact recordings from other audiobooks and the audio quality is inconsistent throughout. Not worth the money if you have already listened to his other work.

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This is just stories from his other books

If you have listened to his other books no need to buy this one. It is mostly just a compilation from other books.

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Old Stories

You guys. I love David’s stories so I just purchased this without even checking the reviews. Bummer. It’s almost all old material, all of which I have previously heard because of the aforementioned fact that I love David’s stories. You can skip this one.

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David does it again!

Davis Sedaris does it again! Funny, yet believable, real stories from Mr. Sedari’s life. I just love everything he’s ever done! Highly recomend!

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not my thing, I guess

Though it came highly recommended and he's been heralded as a comedic genius, I couldn't put up with this book for even an hour. The stories were odd and somewhat crass (which I wouldn't necessarily mind), but overall felt in poor taste. I wish I could get my money back or at least pass it to someone who might like it.

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Saving Grace during Pandemic!!

This book has been the best surprise during COVID, it reminds you to laugh, it reminds you to continue to move forward through tragedy and it reminds all of us the importance of the human connection through all walks of life, in all places in the world.

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Never disappoints

I’ve read everyone of his books and an audio version as well which I think is so much better hearing the author read it…

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Definitely a fun listen!

As a lover of David Sedaris’s essays, listening to him read his work is icing on the cake. Some essays are more serious but all are thought provoking. Kind of makes me want to write.

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