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October 3, 2010

38 Down, 14 To Go "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

I have been a fan of the writing of David Sedaris for years, but his last book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, seemed a bit forced and the humor more than a bit recycled from his previous works. His new book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, restored my faith in his talent.

With Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, Sedaris moves away from memoir and turns his keen eye toward animal-themed stories. Filled with dark humor, these tales of animals with human characteristics captivate and show Sedaris at his satirical best.

2010 may go down as the year of the literary adult fairy tale, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary sits proudly along with Kate Bernheimer's Horse, Flower, Bird and Jim Knipfel's These Children Come at You with Knives, and Other Fairy Tales as wonderful examples of the art form.

My next book is The Best American Comics 2010, guest edited by Neil Gaiman.

also at Largehearted Boy:

other 52 Books, 52 Weeks reviews

Online "best of the decade" book lists
Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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