Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris

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For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest 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 the story 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.

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 proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, there's no such thing as a boring day.

Title : Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
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ISBN : 0316154725
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 528 pages


Elyse rated it ★★★★☆

March 08, 2018

Audiobook- read by David Sedaris Overall I really liked listening to David read his diaries. I liked it a lot...but it grew on me. I only listened to about 1 or 2 hours of it a day. It was 13+ hours long in length. I would have gone crazy listening ‘or’ reading this type of book without breaks. Th...

Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it ★★★★☆

July 13, 2017

Find all of my reviews at: Before I even begin this ramble, I feel a disclaimer should probably be provided regarding these 4 Stars. If you have not yet had the privilege of experiencing David Sedaris’ essays, you most definitely should not begin with Theft By Fi...

Toni rated it ★★★★★

December 13, 2017

Dear Diary, I read this book recently that was completely in diary format since the author had, in fact, published 25 years of diary entries, (Volume I apparently), that started when he was about 20-21 years old and has continued on ever since. He started off with brief statements and observation...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

June 14, 2017

David Sedaris explains in the Introduction of his new book that “in the U.K., if you discover something of value and keep it, that's theft by finding.” Thus a great title was born, and it suits the general theme of David's diaries. But, I have a suggestion for two alternative titles for this colle...

Rachel rated it ★★★★☆

May 25, 2017

David Sedaris is funny. And he's funny in his own way. It's like his humor comes in its own flavor that you can't find anywhere else. Which is why when he has a new book come out, it's an event. This book is a collection of Sedaris's old diaries. I winced at the idea for a minute, then decided it...

Trin rated it ★★★★★

April 18, 2017

David Sedaris is so authentically David Sedaris. This first collection of his diaries reveal him as everything you'd expect, and want, him to be, and reading it only made me love him more. The feeling of being in the backseat (or perched on the handlebars of his bike, perhaps) as he struggles thr...

Shawn rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 15, 2017

It's a free country. Anybody can write about any old thing they want in their diary, of course. But it is beyond me why in this highly selective published version of his Sedaris would choose to include so many—dozens and dozens of—entries that record in great othering detail his observations of d...

Matthew rated it ★★★★☆

July 20, 2017

I think this is my first Goodreads review of a Sedaris book, but I've been a fan for a good while before that. My first exposure to Sedaris was with the excellent When You Are Engulfed in Flames audiobook. With his black humour, wry observations, humanist stories, and morality that never feels ch...

Enid rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 31, 2017

I gave the audiobook a try, but quit after a couple of hours and returned it to Audible- I think I was up to 1984. It is too bleak and filled with tiny little details about everyday life, but without the insights I expect from a Sedaris book. I don't really want to hear about the crazy stuff he d...

britt_brooke rated it ★★★★☆

June 28, 2017

"I'm not a misogynist. I'm a misanthrope. I hate everyone equally." This is a book for established Sedaris fans. I say this because I'm not sure one can truly appreciate if they haven't read his other work (or at least some of it). I love his style of humor. Very intelligent, but also so silly an...

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