When You Are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

By David Sedaris

  • Release Date: 2008-06-03
  • Genre: Humor
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 339 Ratings)
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  • Description

    "David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book.
    Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural . In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times).

    Praise for When You Are Engulfed in Flames:

    "Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life." --Kirkus Reviews

    This latest collection proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he's also getting better....Sedaris's best stuff will still--after all this time--move, surprise, and entertain." --Booklist

    Table of Contents:

    It's Catching
    Keeping Up
    The Understudy
    This Old House
    Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie?
    Road Trips
    What I Learned
    That's Amore
    The Monster Mash
    In the Waiting Room
    Solutions to Saturday's Puzzle
    Adult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete Toadstool
    Memento Mori
    All the Beauty You Will Ever Need
    Town and Country
    The Man in the Hut
    Of Mice and Men
    April in

    The Smoking Section


    • Another Great Book!

      By ckopsa
      David Sedaris wins once again! He is a 'geniusly' hilarious writer!
    • Love it!!!

      By my3lbka
      Touching, hilarious and is one of the few books I can retread without getting bored!
    • Solid book

      By TampaJohn
      Good stuff. Funny but he always is. It's kind of two books; a collection of shorts and one much longer bit about his quitting smoking. Didn't love the smoking part, which is obviously unfortunate because its about a third of the book. It's basically his diary and it wears on you after a while. It's day twelve and still not smoking but you'd like to, we get it.
    • Another great one!

      By Canejoda
      I love his writing. Every chapter ends flawlessly making a point that you never saw coming.
    • Great Book!

      By deanjp92
      I didn't buy this book on itunes, but I did buy a physical copy of it at Borders! It's hilarious!
    • Fantastic!

      By ChrisCatton
      David Sedaris is such a natural comic writer. This book is his best yet. Hilarious!
    • My fist David Sedaris Book, I will read the rest:-)

      By GPLongwood
      I came across this book when it came out, but was just curious due to the cover. I never opened it. I wish I had so could have enjoyed this sooner. I came across it again on my Kindle and downloaded a sample and couldn't put it down. Now I have may iPad and just finished Me Talk Pretty One Day and am looking forward to the next. I just don't know which one yet. His style is easy and heavily comedic. I wish I could capture my life the way he has shared his, it would make me seem much more interesting. You will enjoy this.
    • I love this book

      By CJS_mom
      I have read other books by Sedaris, but this one was the funniest. Everyone should read this. Well done!