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Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

If you LOVE the works of David Sedaris, you might like this one. If you only LIKE his work, well…you may be disappointed. It is not at all what I expected. With very few exceptions, it is almost depressing! I listened to the audiobook, and even his voice (which in itself can be comical at times) sounded sad.

Just as the title states, Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, are excerpts from his diaries during this time period. I did find it surprising how much he struggled before he “made” it in the publishing world. I think a lot of us forget that it is certainly not easy to be a writer, much less a published author. There is talk of his struggles with alcohol. This work also describes how difficult it was in the late 1970s and early 1980s to be a gay man.

Not that everything he says or does is a downer. He talks about his great relationship with his sister Amy, and how they worked together on a variety of projects. There are some funny moments with his other sister Lisa and their father. And we do find out in more detail how Hugh comes into his life.

I would never say that this book is not worth reading or listening to. Selfishly, I wanted vintage David Sedaris. This title is definitely not that!

Karen

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