Theft by Finding

Theft by Finding

Diaries (1977-2002)

Book - 2017
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Shares the author's favorite diary entries, providing a look into the mind of a comic genius.
David Sedaris has kept a diary for forty years, recording everything that has captured his attention -- overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences. Now Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is an account of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet. Most diaries -- even the diaries of great writers -- are impossibly dull, because they are generally about the authors' emotions, or their dreams, or their interior life. Sedaris's diaries are unique because they face outward. He doesn't tell us his feelings about the world; he shows us the world instead, and in so doing he shows us something deeper about himself. Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft by Finding is a potent reminder that there's no such thing as a boring day. When you're perceptive and curious, adventure waits around every corner.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316154727
0316154725
9780316556651
0316556653
9780316508209
0316508209
Characteristics: 514 pages ; 25 cm

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LPL_Sarah
Sep 28, 2017

If you're a fan of Sedaris's work, you'll absolutely love this. I so enjoyed reading his diaries and realizing where the seeds to his stories came from. It was like watching the bonus features on your favorite DVD.

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laphampeak
Sep 10, 2017

I enjoyed the getting-to-know-David in this, his book of diary entries. His early days, how he viewed the world was enjoyable and allowed the reader to get to know the author in his formative years and his quirky view of the everyday. Glad to have read it.

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redtayres
Jul 30, 2017

Definitely not the Sedaris book to start with but if you've read everything else he's written (as you should) this is a logical next place to go. A fun read to be consumed like junk food and reality tv: in small, digestible bites or as one big binge. Entertaining throughout and I learned exactly nothing from enjoying it.

liljables Jul 23, 2017

Theft By Finding is not my new favourite David Sedaris book, and I don't think it's the right place to start if you're looking for your first Sedaris book. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of diary entries! Readers familiar with Sedaris' body of work will see inspiration for many of his future essays sprinkled throughout this volume, and you're sure to enjoy the progression of his writing style: somewhere around the mid-nineties, his trademark manner of storytelling begins to emerge. I was particularly delighted by Sedaris' early days with his long-time partner, Hugh, on whom he had an adorable, immediate crush.

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MplsTA
Jul 05, 2017

It's fun to see where some of the inspiration for of his other books comes from through snippets from his diary entries in this book whether it's abusive neighbor Helen in New York or all the characters he observes being a regular at various I Hops in the cities where he lived.

I find his writing entertaining and laugh out loud funny but also touching and sometimes sad such as writing about the great relationship he has with him mom and then finding out she has lung cancer.

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ownedbydoxies
Jun 20, 2017

Funny (as you'd expect) but also shows the growth in both writing skill and confidence as Sedaris grows from a quite young and inexperienced man into the author he is today. Can't wait for book #2!

debwalker May 31, 2017

For when Trump bans laptops and tablets on planes, there's always a good old laugh out loud book to read! Others will envy!

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