Me Talk Pretty One Day, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (45 ratings)


Anyone that has read NAKED and BARREL FEVER, or heard David Sedaris speaking live or on the radio will tell you that a new collection from him is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious new pieces, including 'Me Talk Pretty One Day', 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780349113913

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I loved the parts where he is learning to speak French. He observes carefully and writes so well about the challenges of learning a foreign language.

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Interesting book! I laughed a few times. It was recommended to me, but I thought it was going to be something completely different than what it was ... for one, I thought it was a fiction story. I enjoyed it. I'd be game to read one of his other books!

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Maybe it's just me. (And judging from the other reviews here: it IS.) But this book wasn't very funny for me, in fact it was down-right painful to finish it all the way.Perhaps the fact that I, too, have gone through the process of learning French as a second language is to blame. He never really said anything I, or someone I know, hadn't already noticed.Or maybe the reason I didn't like this book is because I have a hard time relating to a frivolous- to- the- point- of- insanity gay man. Who knows? I didn't enjoy this book one iota. Don't read it. Don't let other people read it. Don't even look at it's LT page. WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE? ESCAPE WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

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My first introduction to David Sedaris was an essay in The New Yorker chronicling his trip to Amsterdam while in the midst of house hunting in Paris. He saw Anne Frank's house and all he could think was that if it wasn't a historical home it would be the perfect flat! Sedaris' irreverence and dry humor sucked me in so completely. Nothing is sacred. Me Talk Pretty One Day was the first of his books I read and after that I knew I was hooked. It remains my favorite of his, though that might be because it was my first. It's a collection of 26 essays, mainly dealing with Sedaris' personal life and experiences. Whether he telling stories about his unconventional family, dealing with a lisp or trying to learn how to speak French, he brings an absurdity to the most banal situations."You Can't Kill the Rooster" is Sedaris' story about his hillbilly brother... who refers to himself as "the rooster." It's one of my favorites in the bunch. I first read it, then later listened to Sedaris read it and it literally made me laugh so hard I was crying. He does a squealing, high-pitched imitation of his brother's voice, which is too ridiculous to be far from the truth. Yes Sedaris can be crude and occasionally the situations he finds himself in are a bit disturbing, but he tells the stories in a way that's irresistible. I once attended a reading he gave and was thrilled to discover he was even funnier in person. If you've never read anything of his I would highly recommend starting with this book and get the audio version if you can!"I noticed an uncommon expression on Alisha's face. It was the look of someone who's discovered too late that she's either set her house on fire or committed herself to traveling with the wrong person."

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can't tell one apart from the other when it comes to Sedaris books. All hilarious and eccentric.

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