Title: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
Author: David Sedaris
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Essays, Non-Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
With his trademark wit, essayist and satirist David Sedaris explores such interesting concepts as the Australian kookaburra, the British healthcare system, and the strange wonder that is a North Carolina Costco.
David Sedarist has an offbeat and quirky sense of humor that those fortunate to have read his books, listened to his audiobooks, or seen him in person can only try to describe. As such, his books are incredibly hard to review; like with any essay collection, there are some hits and some misses. On the whole, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls was an amusing set of essays that both fans of his work and those who have yet to read Sedaris would enjoy.
A few things to make note of before starting Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: first, most of these essays have been published elsewhere. As a result, if you’re a devout follower of Sedaris and read everything he puts out in magazines, there’s likely to be little here that’s new to you. And second, these are Sedaris’ trademark larger-than-life essays, rather than the fables of his previous book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.
All of the essays in Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls are amusing; there wasn’t a single one I didn’t enjoy. He writes about his life with his partner in England (and the British people’s apparent penchant for littering), his book tour, and often returns to the old reliable standby of his life growing up in North Carolina. It’s always nice to read about a mix of subjects; he doesn’t rely on one topic too frequently, and as a result you can jump right from one essay to the next without getting bored.
Though I did enjoy Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, on the whole, I felt it wasn’t quite as funny as previous Sedaris essay collections. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; I found it more profound and reflective instead. Sedaris is getting older, and though he still has a hilarious way of looking at things, it’s interesting to see how aging has colored his perceptions. Regardless, if you’re looking for a funny book that will fly by, you absolutely can’t beat a David Sedaris essay collection, and this book is no exception.
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