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September 4, 2007

Francesca recommends books! Of the comedy!

Filed under: Books — Francesca @ 4:43 pm

Hello, hello my dear readers!


Francesca wishes to share with you the books which have made her laugh out loud.

First and most important is a very useful and wondrously funny book which brought tears of mirth to Francesca’s eyes. It is the superfantastic break-up book by Anita Liberty: How to Heal the Hurt by Hating. In this book, Miss Anita (who is herself the wonderfully funny made-up persona) tells us of her ex-boyfriend Mitchell, who dumped her for a woman named Heather, and now Anita is devoting her entire career as an artist to letting the world know what a jerk he is. Follow Anita as she learns to move on without forgetting or forgiving.

Next is the informational and entertaining It Must’ve Been Something I Ate, by Vogue food editor Jeffrey Steingarten. This is the author of The Man Who Ate Everything, and indeed his quests for the ultimate pizza, the ultimate espresso, the ultimate baguette, the ultimate bluefin tuna, etc — each described in great detail in different essays– are truly astounding. This man will do anything to achieve perfection in food. His wife must be a very patient woman. Be sure to read his essays about lactose intolerance (he insists it does not exist; he also does not believe in food allergies), how to cook your own dog food, what he ate on a camping trip, and the essay about the pizza crust, which made Francesca laugh so hard it hurt.

Finally we have the lighthearted and self-effacing Me Talk Pretty One Day, which was a great comfort to Francesca when she was living in a foreign country and could not speak the language. She, too, talk pretty. This book is by David Sedaris, whose sister Amy is also funny. Look! Here is David in person on the Letterman show!

Happy reading!xoxo, Francesca


  1. To share the love of David Sedaris, I very highly recommend “Barrel Fever and Other Stories”. Mr. Boots and I made the mistake of getting the book on tape for a road trip, and had to pull off the road several times until we could stop crying. It’s seriously that funny.

    To this day, we still quote “The Rooster”. I giggle just thinking about it.

    Comment by DasBoots — September 4, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

  2. Great post!

    David Sedaris is brilliant. I recently tore through Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked and Holidays On Ice for the first time, and I pretty much worship him now. I need to complete the collection with Barrel Fever and some of Mr. Sedaris’ books on tape/CD.

    Comment by Sara — September 5, 2007 @ 10:53 am

  3. Oh I LOVE David Sedaris. Also try “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.” He sounds great on CD with his affected voice, somewhat reminiscent of Truman Capote.

    Comment by Ninjarina — September 6, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

  4. Kudos from one braniac to another. :)

    Comment by Charissa Panama — February 4, 2010 @ 6:54 am

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