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Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris is a meandering set of experiences throughout Sedaris’s past and present. He recounts each short story with his wry wit, slightly-off-kilter sense of humor and an overarching sad – maybe resigned? – tone. If you’ve ever wondered who Eeyore would have grown up to be, take a pass through this grown man’s short stories.
Sedaris has lived quite an interesting life, from his quirky upbringing in the South, to his life abroad, to his experiences as a writer and performer. He is an expert at jotting down the little, strange moments in life, and tells the story of these happenings in a delightful way.
Listening to Sedaris’s short stories (I borrowed this book on audio) was like listening to a series of podcasts. There was enough variety between the stories to relate too, but they weren’t so random that they jumped around too much. I specifically enjoyed one of the beginning stories, about his hunt for a taxidermied owl and some of his stories from being abroad. Most of the stories are light-hearted, though some dig in a little politically, which wasn’t necessarily unwelcomed.
Would I recommend it?
Yes. It served as a good break between some much heavier books that I’m working through right now. It’d also a good choice for listening to on road trips.
What was your take on Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls? Do you enjoy Sedaris’s other books?