This blog is for me to keep track of and review the books I read for the 100+ Book Challenge.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
#70 - Naked
I've been told this book was laugh out loud funny. The back cover says "sidesplitting". While there were a few laugh out loud moments, I thought it fell somewhat short of all the great things I'd heard. Some essays were just downright sad, like the one where his mom gets cancer. My favorite was probably "A Plague of Tics" where he develops these "tics" in elementary school. Everytime his teacher would turn her back, he'd get up and lick the light switch. Overall, it was a decent read, but definitely not as funny as I expected it to be. Here's a synopsis copied from Barnes and Noble:
In Naked, David Sedaris's message is pay attention to me. Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in 'A Plague of Tics' to the title story, in which he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means. This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.
My progress in the 100 Book Challenge so far:
1. An Idiot Girl's Christmas - Laurie Notaro - 142 pages 2. The Missing - Chris Mooney - 360 pages 3. All the Numbers - Judy Merrill Larsen - 269 pages 4. The Quickie - James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge - 274 pages 5. The Darkest Evening of the Year - Dean Koontz - 354 pages 6. Plea of Insanity - Jilliane Hoffman - 598 pages 7. When Madeline Was Young - Jane Hamilton - 274 pages 8. Sunshine - Robin McKinley - 405 pages 9. Spying in High Heels - Gemma Halliday - 318 pages 10. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson - 312 pages 11. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer - 563 pages 12. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City - Kirsten Miller - 380 pages 13. The Husband - Dean Koontz - 415 pages 14. Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb - Kirsten Miller - 369 pages 15. Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich - 166 pages 16. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher - 372 pages 17. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - 245 pages 18. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist - 513 pages 19. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz - 368 pages 20. Little Stalker - Jennifer Belle - 333 pages 21. Watchers - Dean Koontz - 352 pages 22. Lost and Found - Carolyn Parkhurst - 289 pages 23. Dead Beat - Jim Butcher - 396 pages 24. Steve & Me - Terri Irwin - 273 pages 25. Bright Lights, Big Ass - Jen Lancaster - 385 pages 26. Curse of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz - 407 pages 27. Bleeding Kansas - Sara Paretsky - 431 pages 28. Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison - 416 pages 29. The Abstinence Teacher - Tom Perrotta - 358 pages 30. The Good Guy - Dean Koontz - 493 pages 31. The Double Bind - Chris Bohjalian - 368 pages 32. Dork Whore - Iris Bahr - 216 pages 33. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer - 629 pages 34. Monkeewrench - P. J. Tracy - 404 pages 35. Diablerie - Walter Mosley - 180 pages 36. After Dark - Haruki Murakami - 191 pages 37. Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella - 389 pages 38. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson - 246 pages 39. Heart Sick - Chelsea Cain - 324 pages 40. Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay - 292 pages 41. Ice Trap - Kitty Sewell - 340 pages 42. The Bad Place - Dean Koontz - 381 pages 43. All We Know of Heaven - Jacquelyn Mitchard - 310 pages 44. The Dollmaker - Amanda Stevens - 376 pages 45. Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris - 214 pages 46. The Senator's Wife - Sue Miller - 306 pages 47. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber - 895 pages 48. Dexter in the Dark - Jeff Lindsay - 303 pages 49. Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips - 293 pages 50. Earthly Pleasures - Karen Neches - 311 pages 51. Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher - 406 pages 52. Such a Pretty Fat - Jen Lancaster - 379 pages 53. Obedience - Will Lavender - 287 pages 54. The Fifth Vial - Michael Palmer - 372 pages 55. 2060:The Newton Prophecies - Keith Katsikas - 338 pages 56. The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry - 392 pages 57. White Night - Jim Butcher - 407 pages 58. Mordred, Bastard Son - Douglas Clegg - 260 pages 59. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini - 372 pages 60. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - 412 pages 61. The Magician's Nephew - C. S. Lewis - 106 pages 62. The Gunslinger Born - Stephen King, Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove - 240 pages 63. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J. K. Rowling - 312 pages 64. Curves - Gary Heavin & Carol Colman - 334 pages 65. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon - 850 pages 66. Night - Elie Wiesel - 83 pages 67. What Dreams May Come - Richard Matheson - 278 pages 68. Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon - 947 pages 69. Voyager - Diana Gabaldon - 1059 pages 70. Naked - David Sedaris - 291 pages