Theft by Finding

Theft by Finding

Diaries (1977-2002)

Book - 2017
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David Sedaris has kept a diary for forty years, recording everything that has captured his attention -- overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences. Now Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is an account of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet. Most diaries -- even the diaries of great writers -- are impossibly dull, because they are generally about the authors' emotions, or their dreams, or their interior life. Sedaris's diaries are unique because they face outward. He doesn't tell us his feelings about the world; he shows us the world instead, and in so doing he shows us something deeper about himself. Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft by Finding is a potent reminder that there's no such thing as a boring day. When you're perceptive and curious, adventure waits around every corner.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316154727
Branch Call Number: 818 SEDARIS
Characteristics: 514 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 03, 2018

A "best of" Sedaris story-telling adventure, taking you along a variety of brutally honest, intensely sarcastic and hilarious life experiences.

Oct 05, 2018

Great compilation of David Sedaris's diaries going back to his late youth. His observations are great and to the point. Often funny, poignant, revealing, and soul-baring. He doesn't mince words when he includes self-deprecating comments. Enjoyable read all the way through.

Mar 24, 2018


Jan 15, 2018

It produced a reasonably good number of laughs. But if a hundred pages could have been excised from the book, that would have improved my opinion of it.

Vero_biblio Jan 09, 2018

Fans of David Sedaris have had a big treat to enjoy this year : access to (many!) selected entries of his personal diaries, dating from when he first started documenting weird and quirky things observed during the day when he was a poor and drug addict art student in Chicago and Raleigh NC, to his raise to fame with his first published book 'Naked', to his experience with domesticating a common spider that was living in his kitchen by feeding it collected live bugs.
As usual, readers will marvel at the amount of grotesque persons he meets and events that happen around him; for instance, that time he met a vegan who seriously thought groceries would start selling human meat soon (that was in 1980).
As with all David Sedaris' books, it's preferable to choose the audio version vs. the printed/ebook, as he records them himself and he can best convey his stories with own peculiar voice that you'll find endearing.
Read this. Seriously.

Sep 28, 2017

If you're a fan of Sedaris's work, you'll absolutely love this. I so enjoyed reading his diaries and realizing where the seeds to his stories came from. It was like watching the bonus features on your favorite DVD.

Sep 17, 2017

I really enjoyed the diary format and found myself wanting more of some of the entries. Learned a lot about the author.

Sep 10, 2017

I enjoyed the getting-to-know-David in this, his book of diary entries. His early days, how he viewed the world was enjoyable and allowed the reader to get to know the author in his formative years and his quirky view of the everyday. Glad to have read it.

Aug 07, 2017

It's better than every book review will tell you. If you enjoy Sedaris stories, this is all the meat and no fluffy side distractions. All the humor while opening up his most embarrassing moments, as well as the serious, backbreaking, bone crushing hard work it took to become Mr. easy-going David Sedaris. He made it look easy, but he is worthy of genuine respect.

And did I mention humorous? Just the right amount of self-deprecation and other-deprecation to make the world seem survivable and so very enjoyable. I feel like I can't dislike the less enjoyable aspects of my family when he has so much material to work with, and make it sound survivable and beyond that, heartwarming.

Jul 30, 2017

Definitely not the Sedaris book to start with but if you've read everything else he's written (as you should) this is a logical next place to go. A fun read to be consumed like junk food and reality tv: in small, digestible bites or as one big binge. Entertaining throughout and I learned exactly nothing from enjoying it.

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