Barrel Fever: Stories And Essays

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In Sedaris' world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred.

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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.

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 become 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.

'A satirical brazenness that holds up to Twain and Nathanael West.' -THE NEW YORKER

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Author David Sedaris
Publisher Back Bay Books
Page Count 196pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8
Publication Notes trade paperback
Publication Date 1994
ISBN 978-0316779425

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