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David Sedaris's new essay collection: big sales, mixed reviews

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(Read caption) David Sedaris's newest essay collection, 'Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls,' was released April 23.

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Essay-writing superstar David Sedaris has released a new collection titled “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” and it’s topping bestseller lists despite receiving mixed reviews.

“Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” was released last month on April 23 and currently holds the number one spot on both the combined print and e-book nonfiction and the print nonfiction New York Times bestseller list for the week of May 12. It’s also at number one on the Hardcover Nonfiction list for IndieBound’s April 29 list. The book is Sedaris’s newest work since “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,” a collection of humorous stories about animals that came out in 2010. His last collection of personal essays, “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” came out in 2008.

Critical reception of the new collection has been uneven. Monitor critic Lisa Weidenfeld said much of Sedaris’s work is still hilarious.

“Sedaris remains as quick-witted as ever,” she wrote. “Even in an essay in which he’s going after the low-hanging fruit of a basic language seminar, he’s still going to force you to interrupt whatever your friends and loved ones are doing to explain to them why you’re sitting there giggling.”


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