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.
Reeve Lindbergh discusses and signs Against Wind and Tide
06/19/2012 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
In Anne Morrow Lindbergh's sixth and final collection of diaries and letters, taking us from 1947 to 1986, we mark her progress as she navigated a remarkable life and a remarkable century with enthusiasm and delight, humor and wit, sorrow and bewilderment. Above all, she was devoted to finding the essential truth in life's experiences through a hard-won spirituality and a passion for literature. Here is an eloquent and often startling collection of writings from one of the most admired women of our time.