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The Best David Sedaris Books 

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Updated June 14, 2019 421 votes 221 voters 22.5k views 13 items

List Rules Vote for the David Sedaris novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best David Sedaris books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that David Sedaris is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Although he's mostly known as a novelist, Sedaris got his start as an extremely popular essayist. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of David Sedaris who want to know which novels they should start reading first.

With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out David Sedaris books if you're a big reader. Examples of items on this list include Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked. David Sedaris books are hilarious, and often involve anecdotes about his eclectic family. What are David Sedaris's best novels? Are they among the funniest books of all time? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer those questions. 

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Me Talk Pretty One Day ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
2000-05-02

Author: David Sedaris

Subjects: France, Paris

Genres (Book): Humour, Essay

Original Language: English Language

Me Talk Pretty One Day, published in 2000, is a bestselling collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book is separated into two parts. The first part consists of essays about ...more

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Calypso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books

Author: David Sedaris

2018

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Dress Your Family in Cor... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
2004-06-01

Author: David Sedaris

Genres (Book): Anthology, Essay

Original Language: English Language

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is a 2004 collection of 22 autobiographical essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The essays address the author's upbringing in Raleigh, North ...more
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When You Are Engulfed in... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
2008-06-03

Author: David Sedaris

Subjects: Humour

Genres (Book): Anthology, Essay

Original Language: English Language

When You Are Engulfed in Flames is a collection of essays by bestselling American humorist David Sedaris. It was released on June 3, 2008.
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Naked is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
1997-03

Author: David Sedaris

Subjects: Humour, United States of America, 20th century

Genres (Book): Humour, Anthology, Essay

Original Language: English Language

Naked, published in 1997, is a collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book details Sedaris’ life, from his unusual upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, to ...more
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Holidays on Ice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
1997-12

Author: David Sedaris

Subjects: Family

Genres (Book): Humour, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

Holidays on Ice is a 1997 collection of essays about Christmas, some new and some previously published, by David Sedaris. Sedaris is named by Time as America’s Favorite Humorist and was named by ...more
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Let's Explore Diabetes w... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
2013-04-23

Author: David Sedaris

Genres (Book): Essay

Original Language: English Language

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls is a collection of narrative essays by David Sedaris. The book was released on April 23, 2013. It debuted at the Number One Spot on the New York Times Bestseller
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Barrel Fever is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
1994-06

Author: David Sedaris

Subjects: Humour

Genres (Book): Humour, Essay, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

Barrel Fever and Other Stories is a 1994 collection of short stories and essays by David Sedaris. The book is divided into two sections. The first section consists of short fiction and the ...more
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Theft by Finding: Diarie... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
Amy Boal added

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977–2002) is an edited compilation of diary entries by David Sedaris published on May 30, 2017. Sedaris shares selected entries spanning from his days as a 20-year-old hitchhiking through Oregon to living in London just shy of his 46th birthday. It has been released in advance of David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium, which is scheduled to debut on October 10, 2017.

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SantaLand Diaries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
2010-09-28

Author: David Sedaris

Genres (Book): Essay, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary is a collection of animal-themed humorous short stories by memoirist and humorist David Sedaris. The collection was published in September 2010. ...more
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Children Playing Before ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books
2005-08-01

Author: David Sedaris

Original Language: English Language

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules is a 2005 anthology of short stories edited by David Sedaris. Sedaris published this book in order to support 826NYC, a nonprofit writing and ...more
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Two Classic Stories is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best David Sedaris Books