What We Are Reading Today: The Best of Me by David Sedaris

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Updated 11 November 2020

What We Are Reading Today: The Best of Me by David Sedaris

David Sedaris is a Grammy award-nominated american humorist and radio contributor.

The stories in thebest of me reveal the wonder and delight Sedaris takes in the surprises life brings him.

“For more than 25 years, david Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. a Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside,” said a review in goodreads.com.

It “opens our eyes to what is at absurd and moving about our daily existence. And it is almost impossible to read without laughing,” said the review.

Ffull of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led Sedaris to be called ‘the funniest man alive’ (time out new York), the best of me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing— quite often at himself — and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time,” the review added.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when national public radio broadcast his essay Santa-Land diaries.

He published his first collection of essays and short stories, barrel fever, in 1994.

What We Are Reading Today: Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

Updated 28 November 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

This is a harrowing and intricate nonfiction account of an all-American family of 12 (10 boys and two girls) born between 1945 and 1965. 

Bestselling and award-winning author Robert Kolker presents an interesting story about this large Colorado family plagued by schizophrenia. 

He also explores some of the research that has been done on this fairly common but devastating mental illness that affects one in one hundred people.

With clarity and compassion, Kolker uncovers one family’s unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope. 

“Meticulous research combined with unbiased treatment of the facts leads to a very devastating true story like no other,” said a review in goodreads.com. “It is written clearly and gives a broad picture of ways to define and cure a disease which terrifies us.” 

“For a family, schizophrenia is, primarily, a felt experience, as if the foundation of the family is permanently tilted,” Kolker writes. 

His is a feat of narrative journalism but also a study in empathy; he unspools the stories with enormous compassion while tracing the scientific advances in treating the illness.