When You Are Engulfed in Flames

By David Sedaris (Audiobook, 2008)
Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him once more. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine. From armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds to the awkwardness of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a sleeping fellow passenger on a plane, David Sedaris uses life's most bizarre moments to reach new heights in understanding love and fear, family and strangers. Culminating in a brilliantly funny (and never before published) account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection will be avidly anticipated.

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him once more. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine. From armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds to the awkwardness of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a sleeping fellow passenger on a plane, David Sedaris uses life's most bizarre moments to reach new heights in understanding love and fear, family and strangers. Culminating in a brilliantly funny (and never before published) account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection will be avidly anticipated.

David Sedaris lives in France and England. Raised in North Carolina, he has worked as a housecleaner and, most famously, as a part-time elf for Macy's. Several of his plays have been produced, and he is a regular contributor to Esquire and Public Radio International's "This American Life." His essays have been featured in The New Yorker and Harper's. He is the author of the books Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, and Me Talk Pretty One Day.
  • "Fast approaching Death and Taxes on the short list of life's few 'sure things' is the continued popularity of humorist David Sedaris....[DYFICAD] is a darkly funny recollection....Sedaris fans may well find themselves getting misty-eyed...And then bursting into a fit of the giggles." (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

  • "Surprisingly touching, candid, and humorous....Sedaris is still able to convey honest affection for his family.  And that makes his humor all the more real." (The Boston Globe).

  • "Once again, it seems like the Sedaris family was put on Earth purely for literary amusement....Sedaris' droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world's crevices makes him one of the greatest humorists writing today." (Chicago Tribune).

  • "Sedaris is the closest thing the literary world has these days to a rock star." (New York Times).

  • "The new book by renowned gay humorist David Sedaris is even better on CD; Sedaris reads the stories, and his comedic timing adds another layer of wit to the already hilarious prose."

  • (Publishers Weekly).

  • (Library Journal).

Product Details

When You Are Engulfed in Flames
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $34.98 US/$38.50 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 540
  • ISBN-13: 9781600241826
  • On Sale Date: 06/03/2008
When You Are Engulfed in Flames