Sedaris has a unique style, a blend of fact and fiction - "faction" perhaps. His deprecating style, that most frequently includes himself, reads so easily that it's deceptively alluring. He can bring you up with dazzling wit delivered in a gut-wrenchingly honest way and then dash you to bits with a handful of words a few sentences later. Even when it's grim the sun is just behind the clouds and you know that the weather won't last for long. What he teaches us about ourselves is where his writing shines the brightest. He gives voice to the unworthy thoughts we all have from time to time and often takes them, step by step, into a realm of farce that always stops short of being entirely implausible. When I picked this book up and began to read, I didn't put it down again for seven hours until I regretfully turned the final page.