Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (Hardcover)

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If you’ve read David Sedaris’ other works, then by all means read this book.  It is journal entries of his from the years 1977  through 2002.  It isn’t his normal writing that you know and love; rather, it’s personal, and shows his growth, both as a human being and as a writer.  You can tell when he’s doing drugs (in fact he often tells you), and when he’s drinking.  As time goes on, you find him talking about his bad habits, and that he wants to quit - then another entry will say “I’ll never do THAT again”.  You’re able to find out who the man is - who he was as a very young man and his aspirations and how he evolves.  If you HAVEN’T read Sedaris, my first inclination is go read everything of his you can find - THEN read this.  He’s funny, poignant, a flawed human being, and  an angel.  Welcome to his world; it’s a great one. Also available in eBook and audiobook.

-Recommended by Katie

— From July 2017 Staff Picks


One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture," The Week, Bustle, BookRiot
An NPR Best Book of 2017An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee

David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making.

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.

About the Author

David Sedaris is the author of the books Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316154727
ISBN-10: 0316154725
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 528
Language: English