Theft by Finding

Written by: David Sedaris

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Welcome to “Theft by Finding” – the literary equivalent of rummaging through David Sedaris’s brain attic, where every dusty thought and peculiar observation is a potential comedy goldmine!

Imagine if your nosy neighbor’s diary fell into the hands of the wittiest person you know, and that person decided to publish it. That’s essentially what Sedaris has done here, except the nosy neighbor is himself, and the diary spans a whopping 40 years. Talk about a long-term commitment – most people can’t even keep a New Year’s resolution past January 3rd!

This book is the origin story of how a “drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes” transformed into one of the planet’s funniest humans. It’s like watching a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis, if the butterfly was fueled by pancakes and had a knack for eavesdropping on strangers’ conversations.

Sedaris proves that he could probably make reading the phone book entertaining (remember those?). He turns everyday encounters into comedy gold faster than you can say “International House of Pancakes.” From overheard comments to salacious gossip, from soap opera plot twists to secrets confided by total strangers – nothing escapes his keen eye and sharper wit.

But here’s the kicker: beneath the layers of humor and seemingly random observations, Sedaris sneaks in moments of profound insight and unexpected tenderness. It’s like finding a heartfelt note tucked between the pages of a joke book – surprising, but oddly touching.

“Theft by Finding” is a reminder that in the hands of a master observer like Sedaris, there’s no such thing as a boring day. It’s a book that’ll make you laugh out loud, nod in recognition, and maybe even inspire you to start your own diary. Just remember: if you become a famous humorist, those embarrassing teenage entries might come back to haunt you!

So, grab a copy, find a comfy spot (preferably within earshot of some juicy gossip), and dive into the wonderful world of David Sedaris’s mind. Just be prepared for some strange looks when you burst out laughing in public – and maybe keep an eye out for Sedaris himself, notebook in hand, ready to turn your life into his next hilarious anecdote!


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