David Sedaris' most recent collection of stories and essays, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, is a quirky, honest, and hysterical collection of his work. While Sedaris admits he loves the attention of being on stage and reading from his work, he also reveals himself as a flawed character in the story of his life--flawed, but very also very funny, and some of those "flaws" may explain his unique approach to recording life.
Sedaris doesn't limit himself to witty stories, but occasionally adds a touch of scathing social commentary--still funny, mind you--but clearly has an agenda of its own. People of like minds will find it both entertaining and true. And he adds a bit of material to reflect on in this collection as he relates the story of a trip he and his partner Hugh took to Australia. During their visit, a friend described how she'd been asked in a management seminar to think of her life as a four-burner stove. In order to be successful, she was told that most people turn off at least one burner, and possibly two. The burners stood for family, job, friends, and health. Readers may take a moment to reflect on their own burners as Sedaris relates how he and Hugh responded.
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is an upbeat collection overall, and made even more enjoyable if readers have an opportunity to hear Sedaris read from his collection in person, either by audiobook or at a local appearance.
This collection was published in 2013 by Little, Brown and Company