posted Oct 1 2014 3:58PM
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
By David Sedaris
Reviewed by Dom
One of the undisputed masters of the memoir, David Sedaris has built a rabid following by talking about himself - which sounds odd to some people, but is generally the recipe for the best humor. We're suckers for funny first-person stories.
This isn't a novel, nor is it a collection of short stories; it's an escape through the mind of an award-winning humorist. Sedaris is best known for the pieces he has contributed to Esquire and The New Yorker, as well as stints on NPR.
But it's the books that have cemented his fame. The Dom and Jane Book Club has featured a couple of his other titles over the years (Me Talk Pretty One Day is perhaps the most popular), and it's natural for people to compare them to each other. When you're as good as Sedaris, that can be tough, because the bar has been set high.
Tales such as "Solution to Saturday's Puzzle" will resonate with frequent air travelers, while "The Smoking Section" is sure to get nods from anyone who has tried to quit smoking.
Please be aware that language and adult issues/situations will not appeal to everyone. But Sedaris has a way of eliciting a chuckle or two - or outright guffaw - from most of us.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames is available for 20% off at all three locations of The Tattered Cover Book Store
. Just let them know you're there with The Dom and Jane Book Club to snag the discount.
posted Jul 1 2014 6:00AM
By Laura Hillenbrand
Reviewed by Dom
You think you’ve had a bad day. You were late for work, one of your kids is sick, and the boss just moved a deadline up by two weeks. You’re aggravated and angry, and life just isn’t fair.
You need to read Unbroken
. You need to read it immediately.
I’d read Laura Hillenbrand’s first hit book, Seabiscuit
, so I knew she could tell a tale that made you feel like you were right there. With Unbroken
, you’ll have the same feeling . . . which, during much of the book, is chilling.