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In David Sedaris' world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris' collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves.

David Sedaris made his debut on NPR's Morning Edition with "SantaLand Diaries", recounting his strange-but-true experiences as an elf at Macy's, and soon became one of the show's most popular commentators. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen.

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Barrel Fever
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November 1st, 2014
I’ve always considered myself a Sedaris fan, but as I go back to his earlier works, like Barrel Fever, I find myself disappointed. I made it only about half-way through this one, which was chock-full of gay male adolescent melodrama. The fun part was that it reminded me of my gay, guy friends in high-school. However, one can only take so much of that kind of whining.
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