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When You Are Engulfed in Flames

When You Are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris I anxiously awaited this book from Sedaris, who is one of my favorite authors. Well, I anxiously awaited the paperback version of this book. It doesn't disappoint; his comic voice is still strongly present, but the slightly more touching side of his authorial voice (as evident in his previous writing about his mother's death, for instance) is stronger in this book.

He writes less about his crazy family's antics, and focuses more on his life with Hugh and his own internal processes. The chapter on quitting smoking and drinking was funny, yes, but it was funny in a wry-smile way, rather than a wiping-tears-from-eyes way.

His appreciation for the freaky and weird things of humanity is still very much in evidence, and his usual hilarious descriptions are definitely laugh-producing. It just seems like his voice has mellowed a bit, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.