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When You Are Engulfed in Flames






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Little, Brown and Company


When You Are Engulfed in Flames

“David Sedaris’s ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art,” (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from “a writer worth treasuring” (Seattle Times).



Praise for When You Are Engulfed in Flames:

“It’s not just that Sedaris’s crisp prose is humorous. What makes his work a consistent joy to read is his deliciously skewed vision of the world, and his deadpan delivery.” —Christopher Muther, Boston Globe

“What makes Sedaris’s work transcendent is its humanity: He adores some truly awful people, yet he invests them with dignity and even grace.... He’s the best there is.” —Judith Newman, People

“The preeminent humorist of his generation...His reluctant charm and talent for observing every inch of the human condition remain intact.” —Whitney Pastorek, Entertainment Weekly



 
 
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