David Sedaris — Barrel Fever and Other Stories
Barrel Fever is a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen. David Sedaris made his debut on NPR’s Morning Edition with “SantaLand Diaries,” recounting his strange-but-true experiences as an elf at Macy’s, and soom became one of the show’s most popular commentators. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior. In David Sedaris’s world, no one is safe and no cows are sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Leibowitz and the National Enquirer, Sedaris’s collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves.