I finished it reading it about a week ago. I rarely read short stories, or humour, but I think I should read more. What’s nice about short stories is I don’t feel the need to finish too quickly. With books, finishing a chapter doesn’t feel like much progress, so I feel pressured to read quickly. Not so with short stories.
I remember reading a review somewhere and someone complained (yeah I know all so vague) that Sedaris’ stories could’ve been about their own family and therefore not worthy of our praise. Hmm. Yeah, my family does some pretty silly things too, but I don’t write about them and even if I tried I’m pretty sure the humour would not get across to all of you. The fact that his stories deal with the types of people and situations with which we are familiar is the very reason why they are enjoyable.
I do admit thought that there were only a few laugh out loud moments, and there were some stories that I just didn’t get. Sometimes I forget to have a sense of humour. Overall it was a good read and a nice introduction to his work (other than the excepts I’ve seen online).