Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

A guy walks into a bar car and...From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved. Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered...


Details Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

TitleLet's Explore Diabetes with Owls
ISBN9780316154697
Author
Release DateApr 23rd, 2013
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages275 pages
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Audiobook
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Reviews Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

  • Jeanette
    2013-04-19
    When I told my mom what I was reading, she thought I said "Let's Explore Dead Babies with Owls."Bravo, Mr. Sedaris. 4.5 stars
  • Gary Anderson
    2013-02-16
    I usually like the work of David Sedaris. He’s at his best when talking about his family or childhood memories, or wryly observing society’s foibles. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls has moments of that trademark understated irony, but it’s more self-absorbed than his earlier collections. This book’s primary theme seems to be the travails of a successful author as he fulfills his tiresome obligations to accept invitations to read his wo...
  • Gretchen
    2013-01-02
    I love David Sedaris but I HATED his last book, 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk'. I'm hoping he redeems himself here. UPDATE: I read this book and I was happy to find short stories and essays. I laughed out loud many times. The story about the taxidermist is my favorite out of this collection.
  • Jason Koivu
    2013-03-28
    David's mah dawg, yo! I love this little guy!I always listen to him read his own stuff in audiobook form, as opposed to reading it myself. I can't do his little elfin voice justice. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is more of the same Sedaris: observations skewed by his quirky worldview, which produces within me squirmy giggles with the occasional guffaw explosion. This collection of essays gets an extra star on the rating from sheer worn-shoe co...
  • Mitch
    2013-05-01
    You know I'm shocked by all the high ratings for this book. Maybe it's because I'm younger than the average David Sedaris reader, but my eyes were literally bleeding towards the end of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. I don't even rate nonfiction, but I'm making an exception for this... thing that reads like the inane, self-absorbed ramblings of a Grampa Simpson type - 'when I was young...' I killed endangered animals, never got the approval of ...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    2016-02-20
    (I listened to this on audiobook.)I went into this book with little knowledge on David Sedaris's work/life, so I learned a lot about him while listening to this! Overall it was enjoyable, but it definitely didn't blow me away. I do plan to give Me Talk Pretty One Day a read, but probably not any time soon.
  • B.J.
    2013-02-08
    Let's get one thing out of the way right now - David Sedaris is the preeminent satirist/essayist working and writing today. Maybe it's because of his radio readings or listening to his audio books, but his is a distinctive voice that fills your head as you read his work. For me, I can't help but think as I read a Sedaris essay that he's standing right there next to me, speaking word for word what is written on the page, which makes for interestin...
  • Xandra
    2013-01-20
    I needed a laugh and Sedaris didn't disappoint. A few times I was laughing so hard, I expected angry neighbors to kick in my door and duct tape my mouth shut while shaking their heads disapprovingly or sighing theatrically at the evidence that I have finally gone insane. It’s not just the jokes and the context they’re in, it’s also the parallels I can draw with my own life, with my own cynical personality and my facetious nature. And a bit ...
  • Melki
    2013-02-07
    Yay! David Sedaris is even older than I am. (Every year it gets harder and harder to find someone who is...) BUT, he IS close enough in age that we are basically contemporaries, therefore, his gripes are my gripes, and this makes me happy.Like Sedaris, I can clearly remember mundane incidents that occurred in third grade - the day THAT BASTARD, Marty W., pushed me down in the playground and tore my favorite pants (true, they were plaid, so maybe ...
  • Madeline
    2013-07-08
    As part of the promotional tour for this book, David Sedaris made a stop in a Barnes and Noble in my city, and I ended up going sort of by accident (I bought a copy of the book on a whim the day before the event and learned that, by purchasing the book, I had also unknowingly purchased a ticket to the reading the next day). It was a fun event - Sedaris is charming and adorable in person, and was very polite to the requisite crazy people who tend ...
  • mohsen pourramezani
    2016-01-05
    جدیدترین اثر «دیوید سداریس» طنزنویس امریکایی است که در سال 2013 منتشر شده. مانند بقیهی کتابهایش، در این کتاب نیز خاطراتش را به زبان طنز روایت میکند. این کتاب شامل 21 جستار از 27 جستار کتاب اصلی است. مثل بقیهی کتابهایش روان و جذاب بود. وقتی آخرین بخش کتاب ...
  • Wendell
    2013-07-07
    It is no happy work to break the hearts of tens, but I can do nothing less than my duty. So here it is: David Sedaris is not funny. He is not clever, observant, witty, pithy, or trenchant. He is not deadpan or droll.What he is, is not funny.I do not argue that he has never been funny or that he may never be funny in some theoretical future. I argue that he is specifically, painfully not funny in Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, his latest book...
  • Lyn
    2016-01-12
    David Sedaris makes me laugh.I love to read, want to encourage reading every chance I get, but here, in this one instance, let me invite potential readers to listen instead. Sedaris’ books are hilarious, but to truly enjoy and to really understand the David Sedaris experience, you need to listen to him read his essays and sketches. The audiobook is the key. His delivery, nasal and borderline effeminate, is perfect. Sedaris has the timing of a v...
  • Erin
    2013-11-09
    I feel like I'm now on some sort of NPR blacklist for not liking David Sedaris. Like, I'll call in to the next fund drive and they'll say "I'm sorry but our records show you gave ...Diabetes with Owls two stars. We don't want your money." Two stars, because he's a competent writer, especially when he's not writing as himself, and he made me chuckle a few times but, wow, I haven't felt this alienated by a book in a while. Maybe it was because I li...
  • FeReSHte
    2016-01-12
    نمی دونم چه صیغه ایه که همیشه صبر می کنم تا پیمان خاکسار یکی از کتاب های سداریس رو ترجمه کنه ککه بعدش من بدو بدو برم انگلیسیش رو بخونم :))به هر حال اینم خوب بود. طبق عادت همیشگی نویسنده مجموعه ای داستان کوتاه بود با محتوای یادآوری خاطرات خود نویسنده از ...
  • Johanna
    2013-05-08
    The most embarrassing part about writing a review of a David Sedaris book is the moment when you realize that what you are really trying to do is to write a David Sedaris-style essay. Something cute about how you were reading his book on the subway and you started laughing so hard that even the drunk homeless people moved away from you, but slowly because they hoped you wouldn't notice. You'd segue into a bit about how this made you realize that ...
  • Elyse
    2013-02-21
    I enjoyed some parts of the book more than others. I kept thinking ---It would have (always would be) much more fun to 'hear' David Sedaris reading these stories -rather than read them to myself.It wasn't my 'favorite' book --yet I laughed. (and was touched)Plus, how can anyone 'not' smile just saying 'David Sedaris's name! :)
  • Darwin8u
    2013-04-25
    “And I'm here to tell you that, as long as you keep your eyes shut, it's really not that bad.” ― David Sedaris, Let's Explore Diabetes with OwlsWhile I enjoyed this collection more than Sedaris' previous book 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk', it just didn't rise to the levels of his great collections ('Naked' or 'Me Talk Pretty Someday'), or even his very good collections ('When You Are Engulfed in Flames' or 'Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Den...
  • Amy (shoutame)
    2016-01-28
    I really disliked this book. I honestly have no idea how this book makes people laugh. I consider myself to have a pretty dry 'British' humour and it felt like David Sedaris was attempting to do this but completely missed the mark. I kept pushing myself through hoping the bigger joke was coming along and I was suddenly going to understand it all but it was just crude and pretty vile in places. Sedaris successfully manages to insult so many differ...
  • kian
    2017-03-10
    فقط دو جا از آدم، دزدي ميكنند؛ در تلويزيون و در دنياي واقعي.در تلويزيون اموال آدم پيدا ميشود ولي در دنياي واقعي، تازه اگر خوش شانس باشيد، پليسي كه به خانه تان ميايد ميپرسد: كامپيوتر دزديده شده چه جور كامپيوتري بوده؟اجازه ندهيد اين سوال، سطح توقعتان ...
  • Nathalie
    2013-04-02
    I'm continually amazed at David Sedaris' detail. The way he writes conversations and chance encounters - brilliant. "Day In, Day Out" describes his journal-writing process, and is it surprising? The man works nonstop at it - recording the minutest of details for later use. I've seen him read from one of these journals. His satire and sarcasm just get me all weepy...with laughter. I love this man.
  • Ghazaleh
    2016-01-21
    صد صفحه اول رو بیشتر دوست داشتم
  • Jennifer
    2015-07-27
    Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is a collection of contemplative but humorous autobiographical essays written by humorist/ comedian/ author/ radio contributor: David Sedaris. Before reading this book, I was not familiar with Mr. Sedaris, but I gotta say I kind of like him! He offers the reader material that stirs both thought and emotion...it's not just an easy laugh. That will take some getting used to for me personally because when I think of ...
  • Gypsy
    2017-03-11
    با اغماض سه دادم. فکر میکردم این از " بالأخره یه روزی قشنگ حرف میزنم" بامزهتر باشه. یه جاهایی واقعاً بود و تو ذهن من موندن. بیشتر از همه نگاه انتقادیشو دوست داشتم که اصلاً هم تحمیلی نبود و با طنز ملموسترش کرده بود. شاید از یه سری عقایدش خوشم نیاد و به هر ...
  • Phyllis
    2013-04-24
    Most of the essays in this book are funny, but I kept getting major deja vu from earlier David Sedaris hits. I feel bad for Sedaris because I get the impression his successes have kind of painted him into a corner, and when he tries to do something new people are like "bleh, we liked your old stuff better" and when he settles into his familiar territory of wry essays about the various weirdnesses (I don't think that's a real word, BUT IT SHOULD B...
  • Brian Warren
    2013-04-12
    April 23 marks the end of a long wait for David Sedaris fans. It has been five years since his last book of essays, “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” was published. I’ve had an advance copy of “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” for a week now and it’s been fun making my friends jealous (one of the perks of the job). And, of course, it’s been fun to read. I’m not usually one of those, “you gotta’ hear this” kind of readers...
  • Judy
    2013-07-22
    After seeing David Sedaris in Durham, North Carolina for a reading/book signing, I couldn't wait for this book to be released. And, true to form, I purchased it as an audio book. I like reading David Sedaris, but hearing him read his essays enhances the entire experience. My husband and I listened to this book while I was driving down I-95 on our way to Florida and, thankfully, the traffic wasn't heavy because I'm sure that my driving was more er...
  • Jana
    2013-04-23
    4/23/13: It is always my intention to read a David Sedaris book hot off the press. And by "read" I really mean listen to David read to me. For that is the way he is most enjoyed.5/16/13: Finished! There were a couple of these that I had read and LOVED in the New Yorker and I was very pleased when they came along. The rest were new for me. Some hilarious. Some disturbing. All David Sedaris. In other words: Fantastic.
  • Jenna
    2013-10-18
    It's hard for me to give David Sedaris anything less than 4 stars because I think he's the bees knees, truly. I would say that this isn't my least favorite book by him but it isn't my favorite either. Of course there were many times that I laughed out loud but less often then some of his other collections.
  • MaryG2E
    2015-11-07
    3.5★sI'll confess, I'm a David Sedaris fan from way back. A friend gave me Me Talk Pretty One Day while I was studying Italian at language school in Rome. I shrieked with laughter, as he had captured so accurately the trials and tribulations of being a mature-aged language student in a foreign country. A few years later I saw him perform live at Sydney's State Theatre, and found that he talks exactly like he writes, quite down-to-earth, a bit o...