I love France #50: Book highlight: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls


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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls



288 pages

Published by Little, Brown and Company on April 23rd 2013

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

Une fois n’est pas coutume, I would like today to highlight a chapter of a book.

I discovered Sedaris shortly after I arrived in the US in 2001, with Me Talk Pretty One Day. For a reader  like me in between my French native culture and my new life in the US, this was a very good and funny book. I laughed so much on his Easter stories, with the comparison between the Easter Bunny (US) and the Easter bells (France).

Since then, I have devoured every book by Sedaris, but threatened to give up on him when I read his Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk and was so very disappointed, like many other readers.

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls was just published a couple of days ago. And my awesome library had even a hot copy available. So how could I resist? I even started reading right on the spot, and laughing aloud. With the very first essay, Dentists Without Borders, on the French medical system, French doctors and dentists, I knew right away that Sedaris was back to his old really funny self.

This chapter is hilarious, and of course right on target. I laughed a lot about the flossing part, so true that when I went to see my first American dentist, I had no idea what flossing could mean. I asked for a demonstration when he handed me some floss. But truth is, yes Sedaris, that the American dentist did admit I had very good gums, even though I was in my 30s and had never flossed before, EVER!!

There are lots of  other passages on France in this book, like in several if not all of Sedaris’s books.

If you need a good laugh in the company of French people, this book is just the right thing for you.

Et puisque ce meme est sur des livres concernant la France, j’ai décidé d’ajouter quelques lignes en français. Sedaris a une maison en Normandie, où il vit avec son partenaire. Il a vraiment le chic de présenter les bizarreries ou caractéristiques amusantes de la culture française, comparée à sa propre culture, mais en combinant toujours humour et amour, du moins d’après moi. Vous êtes français(e)? Vous avez déjà lu Sedaris? Qu’en pensez-vous?


From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten. [Goodreads]


David SedarisDavid Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay “SantaLand Diaries.” He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) have become New York Times Best Sellers.

As of 2008, his books have collectively sold seven million copies. Much of Sedaris’ humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, homosexuality, and his life in France with his partner, Hugh Hamrick. [Goodreads]




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7 thoughts on “I love France #50: Book highlight: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

  1. I haven’t read this one yet, although I think some of the pieces may have appeared in The New Yorker. There was one about buying a stuffed owl for Hugh that was hilarious. I listen to most of them on audio so I’ll have to look for the audiobook edition of this one soon!


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  3. I had no idea this book had a French connection, even though I knew he lives there. Will have to watch out for it. And I really must get to reading Me Talk Pretty One Day.


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