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
Release DateApr 23rd, 2013
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Audiobook, Short Stories

Reviews Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

  • Jeanette
    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
    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...
  • Mitch
    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 ...
  • Jason Koivu
    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...
  • Gretchen
    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.
  • Raeleen Lemay
    (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.
  • Michael
    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.A fast-moving collection of humor essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls takes on subjects well known to fans of David Sedaris. The essays center on the author's many travels, his writing, and his relationship with his father; several of the pieces rehash material he covers more effectively elsewhere, from early essay collections like Naked to his recent memoir C...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Lets Explore Diabetes with Owls, David SedarisLet's Explore Diabetes With Owls is a collection of narrative essays by David Sedaris. The book was released on April 23, 2013. Essays: Dentists Without Borders; Attaboy; Think Differenter; Memory Laps; A Friend in the Ghetto; Loggerheads; If I Ruled the World; Easy, Tiger; Laugh, Kookaburra; Standing Still; Just a Quick E-mail; A Guy Walks into a Bar Car; Author, Author; Obama!!!!!; Standing By; I Br...
  • Madeline
    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 ...
  • B.J. Leech
    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...
  • Heidi The Reader
    David Sedaris is a unique American humorist. Sometimes I love his essays and other times I hate them, so ranking a collection of his work fairly is difficult. I listened to the audiobook of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls on my daily commute and he's a wonderful narrator. Actually, having read a handful of his other books, I'd recommend listening to him read his essays. His timing and inflections are perfection. He's one of the few humorists who...
  • Xandra
    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
    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 ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/3.5 StarsIt appears at this point in my life (at least until the road construction is completed and my commute stops sucking balls every day) I will be listening to each David Sedaris collection on an endless loop . . . . . Okay, I do have to remark about how much tastes change. In my initial little blip of “I like it, it was gud” from years ago I commented how I enjoyed the final ...
  • Jessaka
    ’s Explore SedarisWhile I loved Sedaris' other book, Calypso, at first I was not so fond of this book and found it rather depressing. Not funny, Sedaris, I thought to tell him. Perhaps, Sedaris isn’t always supposed to be funny. I don’t know. There were just too many Dad stories. His verbally abusive father is a person that I would rather not think about or be around, much less desire to write about. Let sleeping dogs lie. So, I did not lau...
  • Lyn
    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...
  • Barbara
    Humorist David Sedaris rummages through his life to compose the entertaining anecdotes in his books. Sedaris's stories range from his childhood, through his drug-hazed young adulthood, to his successful career as a writer and speaker. Sedaris was brought up in a large family; had a varied higher education (he dropped out a lot); held an assortment of jobs; met his life-partner Hugh; traveled widely; lived in Europe; and met many memorable people....
  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    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! :)
  • Wendell
    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...
  • Erin
    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...
  • Sam Quixote
    The hi-larious humorist David Sedaris returns for another collection of rib-tickling, side-splitting… ok, enough of that! But Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls isn’t a bad read and a few of the essays had me LOL-ing hard though it’s definitely not as consistently good as his other books. His Homer Simpson-ish dad steals the show whenever he crops up, thundering about David’s childhood home in his underpants with a drink in his hand. In A...
  • Esil
    David Sedaris makes me smile and laugh. This is my third audio book of his, and it won’t be my last. Great way to get out of an audiobook slump.
  • Amy | shoutame
    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...
  • Johanna
    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 ...
  • Darwin8u
    “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 goo “And I'm here to tell you that, as long as you keep your eyes shut, it's really not t...
  • Paul
    This set of essays/musings is typical Sedaris. The collection is variable. Some of it is brilliant observational comedy, often at Sedaris’s expense, there are also recollections of childhood and its dysfunctionalities. He sends up his own liberal values and his own obsessions (litter for instance). There are some fictional pieces as well, usually from the point of view of racists or conservatives, which are pure satire, although I felt that the...
  • Bianca
    My first taste of Sedaris' writing. I enjoyed some essays more than others, but that was to be expected.I particularly enjoyed the stories about his travelling and living in other countries. I hope to read more by him. Any recommendations?
  • Nathalie
    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.
  • Jennifer
    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 ...
  • Corinna
    In the words of the great Maxwell Smart, "What a douche." I am pleased with the strength of resolve and deep-seated fortitude that gave me the push to FINISH THIS THING. I'd like to thank my parents...Comedy is an art. Finding a balance between slap-stick, wit, dry humor and sarcasm, timing- so many things have to culminate to make it truly great. And then, on top of that, finding your own unique voice as a comedian is essential. I didn't find an...