When You Are Engulfed in Flames


David Sedaris’ latest book continues along the lines of his previous one – still full of interesting essays, but slightly less amusing, still entertaining. When You Are Engulfed in Flames is a fun read, but it’s definitely more poignant than laugh out loud funny.

Ok, so it’s been a few weeks since I finished this book. Me procrastinate? Noooo. Ok, so maybe, yeah I did. So I can’t really remember which stories were my favorites and which I disliked. I did like this book better than his last, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim but it’s nowhere near as funny as Me Talk Pretty One Day or his Christmas essays. He does have a great long, multi-part essay on quitting smoking. Not only is the story amusing, insightful, and all that stuff, but it’s also interesting to take a step back and see how his life has changed – an earlier story in the book covers his days of renting a room in a falling apart house, barely making scratch, and now here he is, flying to Japan for an extended trip to quit smoking. Talk about a change in status!

If you’ve already heard of David Sedaris, definitely check this book out because you’ll like it. If you’re new to Sedaris, I think you’ll like it but I don’t guarantee anything! But if you’re a fan of exaggerated life essays, go for it. It’s hard to go wrong with any David Sedaris book. And a big shout out to my sister-in-law for getting me an autographed copy! My leg’s feeling much better, thanks.

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