Me Talk Pretty One Day Summary
by David Sedaris

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Me Talk Pretty One Day Summary

Me Talk Pretty One Day is a collection of comedic essays by David Sedaris.

  • In "Go Carolina," Sedaris works (unsuccessfully) with a school speech therapist in Raleigh, North Carolina, to correct his lisp.
  • In "A Shiner Like a Diamond," Sedaris sketches a portrait of his sister Amy, an actress who often carries out elaborate impressions and pranks.
  • In "Me Talk Pretty One Day," Sedaris details his experiences learning French in Paris. This is one of multiple essays that examines Sedaris's life in France with his partner, Hugh.

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David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000) is a New York Times best-selling collection of humorous, autobiographical essays. Sedaris has mastered the art of self-deprecating humor. His radio debut was on the NPR's Morning Edition in 1992, where he read his hilarious and now-popular essay “SantaLand Diaries," tales of his experiences working as a Santa elf for a large department store. Shortly after his NPR performance, he was awarded a two-book deal with a major publisher and has since written numerous other best-sellers and frequently performs his works on stage. Me Talk Pretty One Day is Sedaris’s third book.

The twenty-eight essays in Me Talk Pretty One Day cover some of Sedaris’s more awkward school experiences growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina. For example, in the essay “Go Carolina,” Sedaris relates his first encounter with the school speech therapist, who attempted to cure the author’s lisp. Sedaris found it curious that though there were other students who were equally humiliated by being called out of class for special training to rid themselves of speech impediments, it never seemed to be the popular or cute students.

The stories continue as the author moves through several colleges as he tries to decide what to do with his life. Most of these stories make fun of the author, but Sedaris is not shy of also putting members of his family...

(The entire section is 409 words.)