Theft by Finding

Author(s): David Sedaris

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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.


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A great book to dip in and out of if you want to experience the humour of David Sedaris and the minutiae of his daily life. He reminds us that nuance and strangeness can be found anywhere and I love that. - Charlotte, The Book Grocer

General Fields

  • : 9780316552462
  • : May 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Sedaris
  • : Hardback
  • : 800