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Musings of a Book Addict

I'm married to a scavenger of sorts and he often totes home rescued boxes of books that I paw through with shiny, hungry eyes. I pull out the odd and interesting and add them to my teetering stack.

Currently reading

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
E.B. White: A Biography
Scott Elledge
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
Cheri Huber, June Shiver
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thích Nhất Hạnh
No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain
The Snare of the Hunter
Helen MacInnes
Paintings of Henry Miller
Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell
Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul
Robert Moss
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Lillian Hellman

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

When You Are Engulfed in Flames - It's interesting to see the trajectory of David Sedaris' writing. I'm not the first one to say that I much prefer his earlier collections of stories and in this book, I can see the scales start to tip from funny, appreciative documenting of the foibles of humanity to a darker, meaner streak that really comes to a head in his latest offering Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. Is it wealth and fame that turned Mr. Sedaris so nasty? The roots do appear in this collection, in which he travels "business elite" a lot and quits smoking because it prevents him from staying in fancy hotels. But that said, there are of course, some laugh out loud gems in here. I also really love reading about his trip to Japan and how he navigates simple tasks like trying to buy shampoo. I'm glad I read it, but I'm not going to read again, like I often do with Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day.