Picks and Pans Review: Me Talk Pretty One Day

updated 07/10/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/10/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by David Sedaris

Pity the poor Sedaris family. The things their famous relative writes about them—in addition to what he says as a regular contributor to National Public Radio—must have the clan in a state of permanent cringe. That is, if the situations in the latest collection of blisteringly funny pieces (28 in all) by the 43-year-old rapscallion were not so transparently exaggerated. A sun-worshipping sister is lampooned for being "tanorexic," and he lists his mom's hobbies as smoking, napping and reading the works of kitsch-maestro Sidney Sheldon. Then there is Sedaris père, a former IBM engineer, who, says the son, hoards food so obsessively that his closet still contains expired six-packs of Sego, the chalky chocolate diet drink of the 1960s. And what are we to make of the claim that in the author's childhood North Carolina household there was an unending turnover of pets, all afflicted with a failure to thrive? As he puts it, "Another day, another collar." (Little, Brown, $22.95)

Bottom Line: Me likee—lots

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