Me Talk Pretty One Day
Book Title & Author:
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Why do you think the LSSU Campus should read this book? How will it build community? start conversations? encourage social engagement? empower critical thinking? Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme?
This book is both very funny and accessible, but it also makes the reader place themselves in the role of the ‘outsider’ – what does it mean to be an American? What does it mean and how do you feel when you are always considered as someone who doesn’t belong? This book is about a gay man who is struggling to make a living with his English degree (he teaches for a awhile) all while dealing with poverty and drug use – let alone being gay in a southern state. The book follows his life from being a child when he was realizing he was gay all the way to his time spent living in France with his boyfriend. Everywhere he went, he was an outsider – in France, he was seen as the American, yet in almost every sense he was not like a stereotypical American. He had to learn how to navigate his path everywhere he went. While the comedy is gut splitting, it is also heart wrenching as you can feel the hurt he constantly had to deal with.
Description from publisher’s site:
“A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. You Cant 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 and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors. Sedaris is an amazing reader whose appearances draw hundreds, and his performancesincluding a jaw-dropping impression of Billie Holiday singing I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weinerare unforgettable.”
Additional Information: This title is available in both Kindle and Audiobook format.