Naked by David Sedaris

Naked

Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview—a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wand...


Details Naked

TitleNaked
ISBN9780316777735
Author
Release DateNov 3rd, 1998
PublisherBack Bay Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Short Stories
Rating

Reviews Naked

  • Joeji
    2007-06-20
    On the inside of this book, David Sedaris signed it and wrote, "Joe, I am so happy you're alive."He then proceeded to write in my girlfriend at the time's book, "You can do better."
  • Marty Reeder
    2008-02-06
    About a third of the way through David Sedaris's book, I wondered how I had not heard of this guy before. This guy was funny. No, not just funny, he was really funny. He didn't just make me laugh while reading his book, he made me cry I was laughing so hard. So why, why had I not heard of someone so side-splittingly funny? A couple chapters later, I understood why. A few more chapters after that and Naked went into a dive bomb. While there were s...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2014-01-03
    Naked, David Sedaris Naked, published in 1997, is a collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book details Sedaris’ life, from his unusual upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, to his booze-and-drug-ridden college years, to his Kerouacian wandering as a young adult. The book became a best-seller and was acclaimed for its wit, dark humor and irreverent tackling of tragic events, including the death of Sedaris...
  • Michael
    2018-11-30
    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.Sardonic and droll, the abridged audio of David Sedaris’s Naked offers a series of scattered autobiographical pieces. As in most of his work, the author is ironic and self-deprecating as he alternates between recounting childhood memories and recollecting his travels as an adult. Because the audio is abridged, though, all the mediocre pieces that typically embellis...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2018-02-01
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Here’s a dramatic reenactment of me in the car going to hell Wal-Mart with the husband while simultaneously trying to describe my feelings about David Sedaris . . . . Ever since I finally got brave enough to attempt audiobooks several months ago, I’ve methodically been revisiting Sedaris’ work. If you haven’t experienced his stuff before, I’m telling you audio is the way to g...
  • Tara
    2017-10-01
    David Sedaris is an adorable little sassmouth. His idiosyncratic brand of humor possesses many fine, laudable traits; it is by turns indecently irreverent, snotty, crude, painfully neurotic, silly, self-deprecating, and even downright morbid. Unfortunately, this collection of autobiographical essays just wasn’t as consistently funny and entertaining as his other books. The first half was genuinely hilarious, and reading it frequently led to unc...
  • Kim
    2008-05-28
    I'm being told that this is funny... but so far all I want to do is gather David Sedaris into my arms and rock him back and forth and tell him everything is okay. Okay, finished. Is it really supposed to be funny? I found myself pretty saddened by most of the stories. He's got a great writing style and I definitely felt pulled into each of the stories, but I think I felt more empathetic than anything. Especially in "C.O.G":I didn't want to quit m...
  • Jason Koivu
    2011-04-29
    Naked David arrived first, but it was Holiday David who made the NPR splash. Those of us in the front row received the full facial and were covered David the Elf's funk. I've still got Sedaris stank all over me and I'm loving it!While Holiday took a step back from unadulterated intimacy, Naked (and Barrel Fever) begins the unveiling of David Sedaris' inner, most personal life. It has all the markings of an early work, feeling like a skeletal vers...
  • Jessaka
    2019-04-24
    Put On Some Clothes SedaisMy word! Get in this house right now David and put on your clothes, and if you say anything else that is foul mouthed out there on the streets or even in my house, I will wash your moth out with soap. And I can tell you right now, you won’t like it. Don’t we have enough vulgarity in our society today with everyone thinking it is okay to no longer be political correct? You think it is funny? Red Skelton once said that...
  • Sh3lly
    2019-03-30
    This is my second David Sedaris book and both were the audio versions. I really liked Calypso, which is his most recent. I wish this was longer! It was the unabridged version, which was only 3 CDs! *cries*David's sister, Amy Sedaris, does several of the female voices. This author has a way of making tragedy and sad events humorous. Stories here include his earlier school years with OCD and his parents and teachers blowing it off. Thankfully, ment...
  • Dana
    2017-09-04
    Quality writing as I have come to expect from David Sedaris. Love his wit and dark humour. Can't wait to read another. I have started the habit of reading snippets of David Sedaris books in between book slumps and it has really helped! Great boredom breaker.Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: BuyCheck out more of my reviews here
  • Tom
    2008-07-03
    Maybe part of my problem with the book is that I first read the back cover, which told me two things that I didn't find to be true:1. This book is side-splittingly hilarious2. It turns the "mania for memoir on its proverbial ear."Sure, maybe it's not fair to judge the book based on my preconceptions, but there's some merit to this I think.First, my sides are completely unsplit. I laughed a few times, found some things whimsical, and did find a fe...
  • Calista
    2018-03-25
    This was a good chuckle. The beginning with his neuroses was not all that funny, but then once he starts talking about his family - cracks me up. David took a trip to Greece with some good material. But the best part of the story is the nudist colony he goes too. I lost my mind laughing. That tickled me.I do enjoy reading David and I need to read more of his books. He is such a joy to see how he sees the world. The world through his eyes is so in...
  • Jen
    2009-02-24
    Let's start off with the cover. Magnificence. In hardback the shorts are adjustable, and if you pull them up over the title you will see an x-ray of legs. I assume, since Mr. Sedaris is so willing to sacrifice himself at the altar of humor, that those thin white bones are his own. Genius.Visiting a nudist trailer park in the name of research, really, the man is so selfless. Licking light switches, wiping his face on towels soiled with excrement.....
  • Julie
    2007-08-11
    I can't get enough of this guy; his books are what I would imagine crack would be like, had I ever tried crack. Which I haven't.Seriously -- I just sit and read and laugh, read and laugh. He's just so damned candid about things. For example, the story of how he was sent to Greece for Greek-American summer camp as a teenager:"If my sister was anxious about our trip, she certainly didn't show it. Prying my fingers off her wrist, she crossed the roo...
  • Elizabeth
    2007-07-29
    I started reading this book at a particularly pathetic stage in my life. I'd just left grad school and was sharing a room in my parents' house with one of my sisters. I had a 1.5 hour commute each way to work and even though I had to go to bed at like 9 p.m. to have the energy to face the next day, Monica (said sister) always thought I was up too late. One night, she started yelling at me because for several consecutive nights I'd stayed up late ...
  • britt_brooke
    2017-08-18
    “I was a smart-ass, born and raised. This had been my curse and would continue to be so.” I first read this in print 10 years ago or so. This was freaking delightful on audio! Sedaris narrates and his sister Amy pops in for the female speaking parts. Together, they are absolutely hilarious. I think I could listen to him tell personal stories all day long. I can't wait to continue rereading all of his books in this format.
  • John
    2008-02-16
    If I read The Da Vinci Code for all those people who prefaced their enjoyment of the book with "I don't read much," I finally read my first Sedaris book for all my smartass indie literary-type friends who stared aghast at me every time for the last five years I said I'd never read him."You mean you've read Eggers, but not Sedaris? I'll bet you like the Stones better than the Beatles too, dont you?""You think your family's bad, wait'll you read ab...
  • Rae
    2019-05-20
    Ya know, I bet people get tired of hearing me rave about David Sedaris and his works. But I wouldn't rave if I didn't feel like it was absolutely deserved. 'Naked' is what I'd like to label as a perfect "intro to David Sedaris" read. When I finally put my plan of strapping my boyfriend to a chair, taping his eyelids open and forcing him to read one of his books into action, this will be that book. Witty, sardonic and darkly hilarious, 'Naked' is ...
  • Richard
    2009-02-02
    Sometimes I finish a book that feels good despite some of the uncomfortable things I found among the pages. Naked is the opposite, for despite the humor and insight I wanted to rub many of the passages out of my memory. I can't, and I cannot recommend the book. It was an exercise of wading through too much waste for too little worth.David Sedaris has a voice that is real, blemished and unapologetic. Whether 100% or 10% of the book is factual is n...
  • Kelli
    2019-10-17
    The section about his father warning him that basically everything (for example, wood shop or mowing the lawn) was a major accident waiting to happen...I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed so hard.
  • Kevin
    2007-09-04
    This wonderfully amusing book took me by surprise. Each chapter is a short memoir of David Sedaris' childhood, filled with some unusual adventures, from hitch hiking with a paraplegic to having servants wax your change. Sedaris writes in a very humorous tone, basically turning some of his misfortunes into the readers entertainment. Come to think of it, it really wasn't the stories that made the book enjoyable. It was how Sedaris wrote them. A ver...
  • Miranda Reads
    2018-03-02
    I have a feeling that this guy will never run out of materialReview to comeAudiobook CommentsRead by David Sedaris and his sister (Amy Sedaris). It's always fun when the author reads their own book. Makes it feel so much more real.YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads Happy Reading!
  • Bookshop
    2007-07-29
    This is a highly unusual autobiography of David Sedaris, who, according to the New York Magazine, is a "Playwright, author, radio star, and retired elf". I wasn't sure what he is actually. I came across his name when his book (also in my already-bought-please-read-it-quickly list) Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim made it into the various reading lists of newspapers and magazines. I thought he was quite interesting and I started to take not...
  • Carolyn
    2008-09-30
    I enjoyed this book more in the beginning than I did toward the end. At first it was entertaining to read about all of Sedaris's mishaps and "woe is me" type of moments, but that theme got too repetitive (for me) and eventually I just wasn't impressed anymore. It seemed like he was looking for sympathy while trying to put a humorous spin on pretty humbling and shitty moments in his life. There were parts that were truly funny, but I think it woul...
  • Katie
    2008-06-16
    Naked is my first exposure to the humor of David Sedaris, and not only did I enjoy it, I will definitely read more by him. The comedic memoir is a collection of short stories from his childhood through his adulthood, including his experiences with OCD, the death of his mother, and coming out. I can't say that I can relate to his tales, but I experienced many laugh out loud moments. One of the more hilarious chapters chronicles the time he spent i...
  • Spider the Doof Warrior
    2013-05-27
    I don't know how to feel about this book. Parts of it are funny, parts of it are deeply sad but he's insisting that it's funny. Like when he talks about having OCD. I feel so bad for him. It makes me think people in the past sucked. The poor kid has a disorder and needs help, but his father's slammed on the brakes and made him hurt himself and his mother made fun of him for this. A lot of the humour is kind of cruel in this book. The best story w...
  • Calzean
    2017-10-25
    The book might be 20 years old but the stories are still very funny. Sedaris and his family should be bottled and protected as national treasures as his insights into small America are brilliant. And all of the people he meets can vote too.
  • Amanda
    2011-11-04
    Sometimes I forget that David Sedaris isn't funny in the way you might think. But he's pathetically, sadly, humanly funny and that makes him better than you might think.
  • Jesse Keenan
    2008-01-14
    I had the opportunity to personally thank David Sedaris for this book but I don't think I was able to fully articulate what it meant to me at the time. This was in no small part due to the fact that I was standing before a personal hero of mine. Also I was drunk. I will attempt to write what I wish I could have expressed that night.Naked played a significant role in one the fonder memories of my adult life. It was during Fiesta in Santa Barbara (...