David Sedaris is an American humorist, author, comedian, radio contributor, and essayist. who was (born December 26, 1956) in Johnson City, New York, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sedaris graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in communication arts.
Here are some recommended books by David Sedaris.
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis is a book about a man who lives a very boring life. He is a middle-aged man who is married and has children. He works in an office all day and then comes home to his family.
He is very unhappy with his life but he does not know how to change it. One day, he meets a man who tells him about a new way of life that he can have if he just makes some changes. Babbitt decides to try this new way of life and he is very happy with the results.
Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
Homesick for Another World is a collection of short stories by Ottessa Moshfegh. In these stories, Moshfegh explores the dark side of human nature through the lens of characters who are struggling with loneliness, isolation, and mental illness.
Despite the dark subject matter, Moshfegh’s writing is often funny and poignant. She has a knack for creating characters that are both relatable and sympathetic, even as they make poor choices or find themselves in difficult situations.
If you’re looking for a book that will make you think about the human condition in all its messy glory, Homesick for Another World is definitely worth a read.
In the Garden of the North American Martyrs by Tobias Wolff
In Tobias Wolff’s novel In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, we are transported to the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s. This is a time and place of great natural beauty, but also great religious tension.
Wolff tells the story of two Catholic missionaries who come to this region with very different ideas about how to evangelize the Native Americans.
Father Damien is a fiery young priest who believes that the only way to reach these people is through forceful conversion. Father Jude is an older priest who takes a more gentle approach, hoping to build relationships with the Native Americans and learn about their culture before trying to convert them.
As they work together in this beautiful but dangerous land, the two men come to respect and understand each other’s point of view. And they both come to realize that there is no easy answer when it comes to spreading the gospel.
Is There No Place on Earth for Me? by Susan Sheehan
In her book “Is There No Place on Earth for Me?”, Susan Sheehan tells the story of her battle with psychosis. Sheehan was diagnosed with schizophrenia in her early twenties and spent the next eight years in and out of mental hospitals. During that time, she was often suicidal and made several attempts to kill herself.
Sheehan eventually regained some semblance of normalcy, but her experience with mental illness left her feeling like an outsider in the world. In this candid and moving memoir, Sheehan gives a voice to the millions of people who suffer from mental illness and reminds us that there is hope for recovery.
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Richard Yates’s “Revolutionary Road” is a searing portrait of America in the 1950s. The novel tells the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a young couple who seem to have it all. But as their lives unfold, it becomes clear that they are not as happy as they seem.
Yates’ writing is exquisite, and his characters are complex and deeply human. “Revolutionary Road” is a timeless classic that deserves to be read by everyone.
Richard Yates Collection by Richard Yates
In his collection of short stories, Richard Yates explores the human condition with his signature eloquence and insight. From the struggles of a working-class family in “The Dinner Party” to the feelings of isolation and desperation in “The Equalizer”, Yates shows us that our common humanity is what ultimately connects us all.
These stories are a reminder of why Yates is considered one of the greatest American writers of our time. His characters are complex and fully realized, his prose is beautiful and poetic, and his insights into the human heart are both shattering and profound. This collection is a must-read for anyone who loves great literature.
Selected Stories by Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker is one of the most prolific and well-known American writers of the 20th century. She was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of New York City writers and actors who met regularly for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel.
Parker was known for her biting wit and sharp observations, and her writing reflects her wry sense of humor.
Taking Care by Joy Williams
Joy Williams’ novel, Taking Care, is a darkly comic portrait of a woman’s descent into madness. The narrator, a young mother, is slowly driven to the brink by the demands of her demanding husband and young child.
Williams’ prose is both funny and chilling, and her characters are finely drawn. This is a novel that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
The Easter Parade by Richard Yates
The Easter Parade by Richard Yates is a novel about two sisters coming of age in the early twentieth century. The novel follows the lives of Sarah and Emily Grimes as they navigate the changing landscape of New York City and the world around them.
Sarah and Emily are both young women searching for their place in the world. They face many challenges, including the death of their mother, financial struggles, and romantic entanglements. Throughout it all, they remain close to each other and learn what it means to be sisters.
The Easter Parade is a touching story about family, love, and growing up. It is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.
The Traveling Feast by Rick Bass
In “The Traveling Feast,” Rick Bass explores the world of food through the lens of his own life and experiences.
Bass begins with his childhood in Texas, where he learned to cook from his mother and grandmother. He then chronicles his travels as a young man, including stints in Europe and Asia, where he discovered new foods and flavors.
Bass’s writing is both personal and informative, and he includes recipes for some of the dishes he mentions in the book. “The Traveling Feast” is a delightful read for anyone who loves food and travel.
The White Album by Joan Didion
The White Album by Joan Didion is one of the most important books of the 20th century.
The book is a collection of essays about the 1960s in America, and it is considered to be one of the most accurate and incisive portrayals of that turbulent period. The White Album is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the history of America in the 1960s.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
In his 1981 collection of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Raymond Carver explores the lives of working-class Americans struggling to find connection and meaning.
The stories are marked by their economy of language and sharp observations about human behavior. Carver captures the loneliness and desperation of characters who are searching for love in all the wrong places.
These are stories about people who are just barely hanging on, and they resonate with anyone who has ever felt like they are one step away from falling off the edge.