This is yet another book of short stories by the humorist David Sedaris, and I have to say it is one of my favorites since I have read all of them. But I have reread this one at least 3 times.
This collection offers more stories about the author's family than his other books, including his sarcastic parents, who I absolutely love. There are tales about his jobs at a mental hospital, washing dishes in a restaurant, making clocks and being a live-in caretaker at a dorm for handicapped students.
Family stories include a sister's wedding, himself coming out of the closet to himself, reading pornography, doing drugs in college and the deaths of his grandmother and mother, which are touching, at least to me.
But don't be deceived, this book is not about sadness, sex or death. In true Sedaris style, it is really hilarious satire yet touching and well worth reading. This is one of the few books that will remain on my bookshelf never to be traded in at the used book store!
Pros: Naked will make you laugh out loud. Cons: There are some adult situations that would not be recommended for the younger reader. The Bottom Line: I would suggest this for anyone who appreciates irony and likes to laugh. This is almost as funny as my friend who is a gay blind mortician. . . Parents can leave us with a lot of baggage. Based on the tales told by David Sedaris, none are more talented … more
David Sedaris is a very funny writer and this is one of his better collections. I highly recommend it. Though my favorite among his books is still the gut-splitting "Me Talk Pretty One Day", this collection comes fairly close to matching it. Prepare to laugh hysterically throughout. Archived episodes of the radio program, This American Life, contain portions where Sedaris reads some of the stories in these collections, and they are really well worth tracking down and listening to.
essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book details Sedaris’ life, from his unusual upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, to his booze-and-drug-infested college years, to his Kerouacian wandering as a young adult. The book became a best-seller and was acclaimed for its wit, dark humor and irreverent tackling of tragic events, including the death of Sedaris’ mother. Prior to publication, several of the essays were read by the author on the NPR program This American Life.