Naked

Version: Abridged
Author: David Sedaris
Narrator: David Sedaris , Amy Sedaris
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Comedy
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published In: October 2001
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Overview

In Naked, David Sedaris's message alternately rendered in Fakespeare, Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek is the same: pay attention to me.
Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in A Plague of Tics to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means.
This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.

Reviews (18)

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Written by Anonymous on April 28th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I didn't think this was very funny at all. Not sure how this got to be in a the comedy genre.

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Written by Anonymous on April 26th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a very funny and interesting book. I just wished there was an unabridged version.

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Written by Anonymous on December 12th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

If you like this author, he will not disappoint. This selection is right on par with his others.

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Written by Tony on July 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Parts of this were hilarious, laugh out loud funny. David Sedaris has a wicked sense of humor. His observations about every day stuff are ingenius.

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Written by Pamela Christensen from Long Beach, CA on June 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

David Sedaris is wonderful and funny and wry and ironic and on and on. He's the best. Every one of his books is hysterical.

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Written by Mark Piccolo on April 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

David Sedaris is a wonderful story teller. His comic twists on every day life we can all relate to.

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Written by Anonymous on December 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really like this book. It wasn't a great story but it was interesting (if not a bit disturbing)and kept my attention from the get-go. There were some very laugh out loud moments. It's only 3 discs and certainly enjoyable!

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Written by Beverly Mausbach on May 31st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The stories were entertaining. They put a humorous spin on the normal uncomfortable things that happen to everyone. However, I feel the author should stick to writing not narrating - I found his voice kind of annoying.

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Written by Angela Jones on November 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I have listened to several of his books and I just don't find him funny.

Funny- great narrative

Written by Melissa Menz on October 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

David Sedaris could read the dictionary and it would be funny. His commentary on his family stories are hilarious. He'll make you wish your family was just as dysfunctional as his.

Author Details

Author Details

Sedaris, David

David Raymond Sedaris, born in Binghamton, New York on December 26, 1956, is an American humorist. He was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina with his sister Amy Sedaris, a comedic actress and writer. They were raised Greek Orthodox members of a six sibling brood, years that Sedaris references back to constantly in his works. According to his writings, a lisp led to a love of all “s-less” words and to parents worried about his orientation while he was young. Sedaris has written that this all brought to him an incredible vocabulary. His satirical wit comes from a life filled with his own unique experiences and observations in which only he would find humor.

A declared sufferer of OCD while he was younger, Sedaris has written that smoking helped to cure him of the obsessive behaviors. Many criticize Sedaris on these claims while others wonder if he is only being satirical when making them. The privilege Sedaris has now to write and to get noticed did come easily. In 1977, he left both Kent State University and Duke University without a degree but finally earned one in 1987 from the Art Institute of Chicago.

His path to writing fame was a slow one as he had to take on jobs such as house cleaning to support himself. But his hilarious, thoughtful autobiographical works would soon become acclaimed. They were mostly written accounts early on about his teenage and young adult years where he experimented with drugs. Then he began to explore his family ties and his own homosexuality in his material. He has often contributed his short works to The New Yorker and Esquire magazine as well as delivered them on a radio show entitled “This American Life”, a Public Radio International distribution.

He has gained an international audience for his top selling books and collections of stories such as Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked. He was even nominated for a Grammy for the category “Best Spoken Word Album for Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim. He has done gained mainstream attention in the states by doing shows like “The David Letterman Show”. And he was the editor for the book Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.

He and his sister Amy Sedaris are an explosively funny collaborative team. They write under the moniker “The Talent Family”. Many of their works were produced in New York City at The Drama Department and at the Lincoln Center. Brother and sister have created plays like The Book of Liz, Stump the Host as well as One Woman Shoe, an Obie Award-winning play.

David Sedaris has also won several awards on his solo material. He was nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Comedy Album for David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall. Along with that distinction he received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and was only the third writer to do so. Time magazine in 2001 had even honored him with the title of Humorist of the Year.

Presently, Sedaris resides in France with his partner Hugh Hamrick. However, Sedaris makes several tours throughout the United States on promotional book tours often. For 2008, Sedaris is panning to release a book titled Indefinite Leave to Remain.