Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris Book Summary
David Sedaris, the “champion storyteller,” (Los Angeles Times) returns with his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling Calypso.
Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask—or not—was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. As Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes.
But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he’s stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine.
As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. His offer to fix a stranger’s teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone’s son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter.
In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all. If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Sedaris.
Happy-Go-Lucky (David Sedaris) Book Reviews
Great readAlways a treat to read David Sedaris’ openness and vulnerability..MHD62Score: 5/5
Sad, sad…David hates dadI’ve always loved Sedaris’ razor-sharp observation and description of people. This book seems to be a continual overhearing of how much someone hated his father, and all the ways the father deserved it. It made me sad..Annonnymus 12345678Score: 2/5
Another David Sedaris ClassicDavid Sedaris is just a few years older than I, and I’ve been lucky to have journeyed through my life reading his essays about his life. He is never not funny. While reading almost every piece he’s ever written — and, yes, I’ve read them all — there’s always a moment of explosive laughter. And, that’s the best kind of laughter; the kind that’s unexpected and uncontrollable. That’s not to say, though, that what he writes is just funny. Yes, he’s a humorist (if we need to categorize), but he’s also shared a lot more. And, it’s all good. If you’ve never read David Sedaris, start with Naked or Barrel Fever or The Santaland Diaries. It will lead you to a treasure trove of enjoyment that leads up to this gem. Saying “you’re welcome” in advance..Mike_10009Score: 5/5
Another great by Mr. SedarisWhen lockdown hit in 2020 I was gagging to know David’s perspective on the matter. Thank you for delivering.Cant take the NRA ads anymore.Score: 5/5
Brilliant as usualAnother classic, laugh out loud work from Mr. Sedaris. The world is SO much better for him being in it. He is a national treasure and should be carefully draped in bubble wrap for protection-designed by Issey Miyake of course. ❤️.FlissasScore: 5/5
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