The bestselling author of Naked presents a savagely funny collection of stories, including some never-before-published pieces about his sojourn in Paris, as well as those that have been featured in The New Yorker, Esquire, and on NPR. Simultaneous.
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: David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that "every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section". His family is another inspiration. "You Can't Kill the Rooster" is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails.