Theft by Finding by David Sedaris


For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.

“Scintillating….Sedaris is a latter-day Charlie Chaplin: droll, put-upon but not innocent, and besieged by all sorts of obstreperous or menacing folks…so consistently well-crafted and hilarious.” —Publishers Weekly

“Theft by Finding is like a great junk store: chaotic, arbitrary, delightful. It has recaps of soap operas, lists of random names from the phonebook (“Adonis Labinski” and “B.J. Beefus”), descriptions of strangers’ faces: “… he has a very small mouth, smaller than a baby’s. I mean, tiny. If you wanted him to suck your thumb, you’d have to grease it up first.” -Annalisa Quinn, NPR