Book Review: ‘The Best of Me’ by David Sedaris

Book Title: The Best of Me
Author: David Sedaris
Publisher: Abacus (31 October 2021)

Book Review

“The Best of Me” is a collection of essays by humorist and author David Sedaris. The book contains a selection of Sedaris’ best work from throughout his career, and it provides an entertaining and insightful look into his life and experiences.

The Best of Me by David Sedaris Book Cover
The Best of Me by David Sedaris Book Cover

One of the things that makes Sedaris’ writing so enjoyable is his ability to find humor in the most unexpected places. Whether he’s discussing his family, his travels, or his own personal struggles, he always manages to find the funny side of things. But what sets his writing apart is his willingness to be vulnerable and open about his own flaws and insecurities, which makes his humor all the more relatable.

The essays in the book cover a wide range of topics, from Sedaris’ childhood in North Carolina to his experiences living in France as an adult. One of the highlights of the book is “Dentists Without Borders,” in which Sedaris describes his experience volunteering at a dental clinic in rural France. The essay is both hilarious and heartwarming, and it provides a fascinating glimpse into French culture.

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Another standout essay is “The Ship Shape,” in which Sedaris describes his attempts to get in shape by taking up swimming. The essay is both funny and relatable, as many readers will no doubt see themselves in Sedaris’ struggles to get motivated and stay committed to a fitness routine.

Overall, “The Best of Me” is a delightful collection of essays that showcases David Sedaris’ talent for finding humor in everyday life. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Sedaris’ work or you’re just discovering him for the first time, this book is sure to leave you laughing and feeling a little bit better about the world. Highly recommended.

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