Like many 'capital F' Funny people, the ability to see the bright side, to find the perfect punch line, is a talent often developed to come to terms with very raw, very real pain. David Sedaris is capital F Funny, and this book is no exception, but with this newest collection he further introduces the reader to the side of himself that does not always make light of darker experiences. Sedaris' skill lies in his ability to let something be disappointing without being pitiable, weird without being abnormal. In relaying unpleasantness he plays neither the conquering hero, nor the shrinking violet. The description of Sedaris as a "quirky writer" crops up quite a bit and I think that "quirky" falls flat in terms of characterizing his style. His essays convey an anthropolgist's enduring curiosity about and enchantment with people- and people, let's face it, can be so very weird. By telling us about his quirks, he shows us our own. He is regularly imitated for a reason, not because he is 'odd' but because he is so reassuringly human on the page.
Vroman's & Esotouric present
The Blood & Dumplings Bus Tour
Saturday, June 13, noon
$70.00 per person (plus tax) Blood and DumplingsA criminal and gastronomical excursion into the San Gabriel Valley, Blood & Dumplings rolls through Alhambra, Temple City, Monterey Park, Rosemead and El Monte, revealing dozens of weird, forgotten crimes and oddities from the valley's past. Highlights include the mysterious Man from Mars Bandit, the lesbian couple whose bickering over spending cash resulted in one pumping the other full of downers until she died, the young bride who spent her wedding day buried under her parents' house, the battling neo-Nazis of El Monte, Phil Spector's spooky castle, and the little bar where James Ellroy's murdered mother Jean had her last drink. The tour includes a selection of dumplings from one of the San Gabriel Valley's best Chinese restaurants. (Vegetarian passengers, please let us know your food preference several days before we depart.)
Seating is limited so call us today to sign up! (626) 449-5320. Bus departs from Vroman’s Bookstore parking lot at noon (sharp) and returns at 4pm. Check-in is at 11am.