Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.
By Rachel King
I’d resisted reading Sedaris ever since I worked at a bookstore and sold hundreds of his books. Obviously, I thought, he can’t be that good. Also, someone told me his writing was cynical and ironic. (I like irony but avoid cynicism.) Fortunately, that person was wrong. My favorite essays: “You Can’t Kill the Rooster” about his redneck brother, “The Youth in Asia” about the dogs in his parents’ life, and “A Shiner Like a Diamond” about his unconventional sister. Unlike DFW’s, these essays won’t change your life, but they will make you laugh out loud.