A Carnival of Snackery

Diaries: Volume Two

David Sedaris author


Publisher:Little, Brown Book Group

Published:2nd Jun '22


Available for immediate dispatch.

From bestselling author David Sedaris, the second volume of diaries - the source of his remarkable autobiographical stories.

There's no right way to keep a diary, but if there's an entertaining way, David Sedaris seems to have mastered it.

If it's navel-gazing you're after, you've come to the wrong place; ditto treacly self-examination. Rather, his observations turn outward: a fight between two men on a bus, a fight between two men on the street; collecting Romanian insults, or being taken round a Japanese parasite museum. There's a dirty joke shared at a book signing, then a dirtier one told at a dinner party-lots of jokes here. Plenty of laughs.

These diaries remind you that you once really hated George W. Bush, and that not too long ago, Donald Trump was a harmless laughingstock, at least on French TV. Time marches on, and Sedaris, at his desk or on planes, in fine hotel dining rooms and Serbian motels, records it. The entries here reflect an ever-changing background-new administrations, new restrictions on speech and conduct. What you can say at the start of the book, you can't by the end.

Sedaris has been compared to Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, Lewis Carroll and a 'sexy Alan Bennett'. ACarnival of Snackery illustrates that he is very much his own, singular self.

Grumpy, bitchy, sympathetic, sad and welcoming all at once * Guardian *
A rich trove for hardcore Sedaris fans * Kirkus *
The humorist's eye for the peculiar is as sharp as ever * The Times *
Sedaris' evolution will be fascinating to longtime fans; they'll love these insights into his life. * Washington Independent Review of Books *
The second volume of the American humorist's diaries is full of his trademark wit * Observer *
Sedaris is a singularly talented humorist who lands acerbic zingers with the calculating precision of a kamikaze pilot... Throughout the colorful, caustic yarns that fill his best-selling essay and story collections, he's maintained league-of-his-own status by staying light on his feet: Just when you're expecting a wry jab, he clocks you with a poignant gut punch. * Washington Post *
Like Sedaris's exquisitely crafted personal essays, his diary entries explore odd hairstyles, blandly aggressive post office interactions, airport bureaucracy and the non sequiturs of small talk: micro-topics he elevates to their own pedestals of meaning and humor. * New York Times Editors' Choice *
Uproarious... a must for Sedaris fans. * CNN *

ISBN: 9780349141909

Dimensions: 196mm x 126mm x 40mm

Weight: 440g

576 pages