Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his ... more

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Naked Details

ReleaseAug 9th, 1998
PublisherBack Bay Books
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Short Stories

Naked Reviews

  • Joeji
    Jun 20, 2007
    On the inside of this book, David Sedaris signed it and wrote, "Joe, I am so happy you're alive."He then proceeded to write in my girlfriend at the time's book, "You can do better."
  • Marty Reeder
    Feb 6, 2008
    About a third of the way through David Sedaris's book, I wondered how I had not heard of this guy before. This guy was funny. No, not just funny, he was really funny. He didn't just make me laugh while reading his book, he made me cry I was laughing so hard. So why, why had I not heard of someone so side-splittingly funny? A couple chapters later, I understood why. A few more chapters after that and Naked went into a dive bomb. While there were some redeeming moments near the end, he never fully... more
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Jan 3, 2014
    Naked, David Sedaris Naked, published in 1997, is a collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book details Sedaris’ life, from his unusual upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, to his booze-and-drug-ridden college years, to his Kerouacian wandering as a young adult. Contents: Chipped Beef; A Plague of Tics; Get Your Ya-Ya's Out!; Next of Kin; Cyclops; The Women's Open; True Detective; Dix Hill; I Like Guys; The Drama Bug; Dinah, the Christmas Whore; Planet of... more
  • Michael
    Nov 30, 2018
    Sardonic and droll, the abridged audio of David Sedaris’s Naked offers a series of scattered autobiographical pieces. As in most of his work, the author is ironic and self-deprecating as he alternates between recounting childhood memories and recollecting his travels as an adult. Because the audio is abridged, though, all the mediocre pieces that typically embellish a Sedaris collection have been removed. Naked offers the perfect introduction to the author’s work for that reason, but those w... more
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Feb 1, 2018
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Here’s a dramatic reenactment of me in the car going to hell Wal-Mart with the husband while simultaneously trying to describe my feelings about David Sedaris . . . . Ever since I finally got brave enough to attempt audiobooks several months ago, I’ve methodically been revisiting Sedaris’ work. If you haven’t experienced his stuff before, I’m telling you audio is the way to go and Naked is David Sedaris at his best. From b... more
  • Tara
    Oct 1, 2017
    David Sedaris is an adorable little sassmouth. His idiosyncratic brand of humor possesses many fine, laudable traits; it is by turns indecently irreverent, snotty, crude, painfully neurotic, silly, self-deprecating, and even downright morbid. Unfortunately, this collection of autobiographical essays just wasn’t as consistently funny and entertaining as his other books. The first half was genuinely hilarious, and reading it frequently led to uncontrollable giggling and explosions of loud, rambu... more
  • Kim
    May 28, 2008
    I'm being told that this is funny... but so far all I want to do is gather David Sedaris into my arms and rock him back and forth and tell him everything is okay. Okay, finished. Is it really supposed to be funny? I found myself pretty saddened by most of the stories. He's got a great writing style and I definitely felt pulled into each of the stories, but I think I felt more empathetic than anything. Especially in "C.O.G":I didn't want to quit my job. Quitting involved a certain degree of respo... more
  • Jason Koivu
    Apr 29, 2011
    Naked David arrived first, but it was Holiday David who made the NPR splash. Those of us in the front row received the full facial and were covered David the Elf's funk. I've still got Sedaris stank all over me and I'm loving it!While Holiday took a step back from unadulterated intimacy, Naked (and Barrel Fever) begins the unveiling of David Sedaris' inner, most personal life. It has all the markings of an early work, feeling like a skeletal version of Me Talk Pretty... or Dress Your Family..., ... more
  • Jessaka
    Apr 24, 2019
    Put On Some Clothes SedaisMy word! Get in this house right now David and put on your clothes, and if you say anything else that is foul mouthed out there on the streets or even in my house, I will wash your moth out with soap. And I can tell you right now, you won’t like it. Don’t we have enough vulgarity in our society today with everyone thinking it is okay to no longer be political correct? You think it is funny? Red Skelton once said that he saw so reason to use vulgar language in order ... more
  • Sh3lly
    Mar 30, 2019
    This is my second David Sedaris book and both were the audio versions. I really liked Calypso, which is his most recent. I wish this was longer! It was the unabridged version, which was only 3 CDs! *cries*David's sister, Amy Sedaris, does several of the female voices. This author has a way of making tragedy and sad events humorous. Stories here include his earlier school years with OCD and his parents and teachers blowing it off. Thankfully, mental disorders are treated much better these days. B... more
  • Tom
    Jul 3, 2008
    Maybe part of my problem with the book is that I first read the back cover, which told me two things that I didn't find to be true:1. This book is side-splittingly hilarious2. It turns the "mania for memoir on its proverbial ear."Sure, maybe it's not fair to judge the book based on my preconceptions, but there's some merit to this I think.First, my sides are completely unsplit. I laughed a few times, found some things whimsical, and did find a few lines to be very funny. But a lot of the jokes f... more
  • Dana
    Sep 4, 2017
    Quality writing as I have come to expect from David Sedaris. Love his wit and dark humour. Can't wait to read another. I have started the habit of reading snippets of David Sedaris books in between book slumps and it has really helped! Great boredom breaker.Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: BuyCheck out more of my reviews here Quality writing as I have come to expect from David Sedaris. Love his wit and dark humour. Can't wait to read another. I have started the habit of reading snippets of David Se... more
  • Calista
    Mar 25, 2018
    This was a good chuckle. The beginning with his neuroses was not all that funny, but then once he starts talking about his family - cracks me up. David took a trip to Greece with some good material. But the best part of the story is the nudist colony he goes too. I lost my mind laughing. That tickled me.I do enjoy reading David and I need to read more of his books. He is such a joy to see how he sees the world. The world through his eyes is so interesting and he never seems to run out of materia... more
  • Jen
    Feb 24, 2009
    Let's start off with the cover. Magnificence. In hardback the shorts are adjustable, and if you pull them up over the title you will see an x-ray of legs. I assume, since Mr. Sedaris is so willing to sacrifice himself at the altar of humor, that those thin white bones are his own. Genius.Visiting a nudist trailer park in the name of research, really, the man is so selfless. Licking light switches, wiping his face on towels soiled with excrement...and it doesn't stop there. Why this is funny I ca... more
  • Julie
    Aug 11, 2007
    I can't get enough of this guy; his books are what I would imagine crack would be like, had I ever tried crack. Which I haven't.Seriously -- I just sit and read and laugh, read and laugh. He's just so damned candid about things. For example, the story of how he was sent to Greece for Greek-American summer camp as a teenager:"If my sister was anxious about our trip, she certainly didn't show it. Prying my fingers off her wrist, she crossed the room and introduced herself to a girl who stood picki... more
  • Elizabeth
    Jul 29, 2007
    I started reading this book at a particularly pathetic stage in my life. I'd just left grad school and was sharing a room in my parents' house with one of my sisters. I had a 1.5 hour commute each way to work and even though I had to go to bed at like 9 p.m. to have the energy to face the next day, Monica (said sister) always thought I was up too late. One night, she started yelling at me because for several consecutive nights I'd stayed up late reading, giggling out loud in my bed. Luckily, whe... more
  • Rae
    May 20, 2019
    Ya know, I bet people get tired of hearing me rave about David Sedaris and his works. But I wouldn't rave if I didn't feel like it was absolutely deserved. 'Naked' is what I'd like to label as a perfect "intro to David Sedaris" read. When I finally put my plan of strapping my boyfriend to a chair, taping his eyelids open and forcing him to read one of his books into action, this will be that book. Witty, sardonic and darkly hilarious, 'Naked' is to David Sedaris as 'IT' is to Stephen King.
  • Anne
    Apr 27, 2020
    In my Sedaris marathon this book was my least favorite. Perhaps it was because it was the earliest of the 5 books that I read. It's interesting to see how a writer develops. Many of the elements that he would develop further and into longer and funnier works were all there, but in embryo. I like his family stories, the poignancy and learning about his earlier life and his college years (his rocking had me worried for a while, though) but I didn't really find anything particularly hilarious. Odd ... more
  • ABookwormWithWine
    Dec 11, 2019
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5Naked by David Sedaris may be short but don't let that fool you. This little book was HILARIOUS, and I absolutely adored the audio which is read by both David and his sister Amy. I really can't believe how many things Sedaris has been through and everything that happens in his life. Naked talked about his mother getting cancer, but also his teachers/OCD and an incredibly entertaining foray into a nudist colony, along with many other topics. I love learning more ... more
  • John
    Feb 16, 2008
    If I read The Da Vinci Code for all those people who prefaced their enjoyment of the book with "I don't read much," I finally read my first Sedaris book for all my smartass indie literary-type friends who stared aghast at me every time for the last five years I said I'd never read him."You mean you've read Eggers, but not Sedaris? I'll bet you like the Stones better than the Beatles too, dont you?""You think your family's bad, wait'll you read about his!""No, I don't like him because he's cool, ... more
  • britt_brooke
    Aug 18, 2017
    “I was a smart-ass, born and raised. This had been my curse and would continue to be so.” I first read this in print 10 years ago or so. This was freaking delightful on audio! Sedaris narrates and his sister Amy pops in for the female speaking parts. Together, they are absolutely hilarious. I think I could listen to him tell personal stories all day long. I can't wait to continue rereading all of his books in this format.
  • Richard
    Feb 2, 2009
    Sometimes I finish a book that feels good despite some of the uncomfortable things I found among the pages. Naked is the opposite, for despite the humor and insight I wanted to rub many of the passages out of my memory. I can't, and I cannot recommend the book. It was an exercise of wading through too much waste for too little worth.David Sedaris has a voice that is real, blemished and unapologetic. Whether 100% or 10% of the book is factual is not important; it's how he tells the stories that m... more
  • Kelli
    Oct 17, 2019
    The section about his father warning him that basically everything (for example, wood shop or mowing the lawn) was a major accident waiting to happen...I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed so hard.
  • Kevin
    Sep 4, 2007
    This wonderfully amusing book took me by surprise. Each chapter is a short memoir of David Sedaris' childhood, filled with some unusual adventures, from hitch hiking with a paraplegic to having servants wax your change. Sedaris writes in a very humorous tone, basically turning some of his misfortunes into the readers entertainment. Come to think of it, it really wasn't the stories that made the book enjoyable. It was how Sedaris wrote them. A very unique, consistent style throughout the book, lo... more
  • Miranda Reads
    Mar 2, 2018
    I have a feeling that this guy will never run out of materialReview to comeAudiobook CommentsRead by David Sedaris and his sister (Amy Sedaris). It's always fun when the author reads their own book. Makes it feel so much more real.YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads Happy Reading! I have a feeling that this guy will never run out of materialReview to comeAudiobook CommentsRead by David Sedaris and his sister (Amy Sedaris). It's always fun when the author reads their ... more
  • Bookshop
    Jul 29, 2007
    This is a highly unusual autobiography of David Sedaris, who, according to the New York Magazine, is a "Playwright, author, radio star, and retired elf". I wasn't sure what he is actually. I came across his name when his book (also in my already-bought-please-read-it-quickly list) Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim made it into the various reading lists of newspapers and magazines. I thought he was quite interesting and I started to take note of his name.The book is a collection of essays o... more
  • Carolyn
    Sep 30, 2008
    I enjoyed this book more in the beginning than I did toward the end. At first it was entertaining to read about all of Sedaris's mishaps and "woe is me" type of moments, but that theme got too repetitive (for me) and eventually I just wasn't impressed anymore. It seemed like he was looking for sympathy while trying to put a humorous spin on pretty humbling and shitty moments in his life. There were parts that were truly funny, but I think it would have worked out better if every story (almost) h... more
  • Katie
    Jun 16, 2008
    Naked is my first exposure to the humor of David Sedaris, and not only did I enjoy it, I will definitely read more by him. The comedic memoir is a collection of short stories from his childhood through his adulthood, including his experiences with OCD, the death of his mother, and coming out. I can't say that I can relate to his tales, but I experienced many laugh out loud moments. One of the more hilarious chapters chronicles the time he spent in a nudist colony. Underneath all of the silliness... more
  • Spider the Doof Warrior
    May 27, 2013
    I don't know how to feel about this book. Parts of it are funny, parts of it are deeply sad but he's insisting that it's funny. Like when he talks about having OCD. I feel so bad for him. It makes me think people in the past sucked. The poor kid has a disorder and needs help, but his father's slammed on the brakes and made him hurt himself and his mother made fun of him for this. A lot of the humour is kind of cruel in this book. The best story was probably about David dealing with his mother dy... more
  • Amanda
    Nov 4, 2011
    Sometimes I forget that David Sedaris isn't funny in the way you might think. But he's pathetically, sadly, humanly funny and that makes him better than you might think.