(Non) Fiction Friday: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

No stranger to the Banned Book list (Books Challenged or Banned in 2009-2010), author David Sedaris in his latest work, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, looks at themes of modern culture. In each chapter, ranging from talking to telemarketers, sitting by strangers on an airplane or French reaction to the reelection of Barak Obama, Sedaris reveals not only something of himself but also something of contemporary society. For instance, in “Attaboy” he describes the reaction of a mother and father when their son is caught defacing a mailbox (accusing the victim of wrongdoing!) and imagines his own parents’ response if presented with a set of similar circumstances back in the day: “if I ever wanted freedom again, I’d have to pay for it: every hour outside my room costing me a dollar, which is like, I don’t know, seventeen dollars today’s currency.” Best of all Sedaris exposes the absurdities in life—not just the overprotective parents but subjects like the foreign phrases in Lonely Planet guidebooks and that rite of passage for fifty-year olds, the colonoscopy.

The John Tyler Libraries also own Sedaris’s previous (and wonderful!) works:

And in e-audiobook from Overdrive

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls 288 pages

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