David Sedaris has made a career out of elevating the small tragedies of everyday life into comedy. In bestsellers such as Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Sedaris has taken on his quirky family, giving up smoking, American tourists abroad, and the wonders of the Stadium Pal. Sedaris is a renowned reader of his work—as a contributor on This American Life and as the narrator of his audiobooks—as his three Grammy Award nominations attest. Here, Bookish has a first listen to the audiobook of Sedaris’ newest collection, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. In this story, “Dentists without Borders,” Sedaris undergoes a series of medical procedures in Paris—and learns the joys and horrors of “real” socialized medicine. Take a listen, and find the book in CD and digital audio with Sedaris’ narration, as well as hardcover, all releasing April 23.
This piece was updated on September 22, 2014.