The first time that I saw the name David Sedaris was on that ever popular list of all the books mentioned or shown on Gilmore Girls. For about ten years or so, I have been meaning to read one of his books, but never actually made good at checking that one off my list. I’ve read a few of his essays here and there, usually when I was trying to find a new book to read, but always ended up choosing something else so I never finished them. The other day, I went to the library close to our house and picked up a few books to read in between everything I have to read for school, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk was one of them.
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is a collection of short stories which all feature animals as the main characters. Many of the situations are silly, some downright bizarre and disturbing, and many very poignant. I often found myself applying the themes to our society, which made the stories much more jarring. Though many of the stories were amusing, I didn’t find them to be as amusing or laugh-out-funny as Sedaris’s personal essays. The style did remind me though of a few of B.J. Novak’s stories from One More Thing, so if you liked that collection, I would think you’d like this one too. Besides that though, I’m really not sure who I would recommend this book to. I definitely think David Sedaris’s writing is an acquired taste, but I will have read more of his books to really figure out what that taste is.
Have you read this book, or any other works by David Sedaris? What are you currently reading?