Books

Happy-Go-Lucky

Happy-Go-Lucky is a book by David Sedaris.

David Sedaris

Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask — or not — was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. As Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes.

But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he's stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine.

As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. His offer to fix a stranger's teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone's son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter.

In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all. If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Sedaris. (From Little Brown and Company)

American writer and comedian David Sedaris is the bestselling author of several books including CalypsoTheft by FindingMe Talk Pretty One Day and Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.

Interviews with David Sedaris 

David Sedaris, bestselling American humorist, covers the joys and aggravations of travel, litter, hedgehogs, family heartache and more in his second collection of diary entries, A Carnival of Snackery.
A lot has happened in the four years since storyteller and humourist David Sedaris put out his last book. Not only has he, like the rest of us, been living through the global pandemic. But his father, who was featured in many of his stories, died. Sedaris speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about their complicated relationship and how his dad's death informed his thinking on mortality, and shares a host of other observations on the world he's made lately. While the essays in his new book Happy-Go-Lucky go to some darker-than-usual places, they still deliver the author's trademark wit and wisdom.

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