When You Are Engulfed in Flames is David Sedaris's newest book that contains short humorous stories about his life. Although I have enjoyed his past books very much, this one was slightly disappointing. The reader might find it a little bit confusing in that there is no real timeline; his stories jump around in the past. However, there are a lot of good aspects to this book. Many of Sedaris's stories are about the time he spent in France, which are really quite funny. He writes in a way that you cannot help but laugh or give a little chuckle. I think that the chapter about he and his family learning about art is one of the best. He writes about how he felt like art was his thing and then got showed up by his parents when he introduced them to it. Many of Sedaris's themes are ones that regular people can relate to. I think it is really cool that he carries around a notebook and writes down observations about the world on a daily basis. I'm sure this is what makes his stories so pleasant to read. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to have a laugh, but be warned that some of the stories are a little dark.
Like someone mentioned previously, David Sedaris, is indeed going on a whirlwind tour: a twenty nine cities in twenty nine days tour and then on to perform at thirty three venues in thirty three days. With such a busy schedule one begins to ask, how does he find the time? The answer to that is simple when you just rehash published essays into a new book - so fans of Sedaris have, most likely, already read this book. Much like Sedaris' 2004 bestseller: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim his … more