Sedaris brings his own experiences, his own color to his stories. He is a middle aged gay man living in France with his partner. His memories are about his childhood, his partner's childhood from the angle of a obsessive compulsive child, a homosexual living in Raleigh, NC, of six children.
I started reading Sedaris when a leftover book was deposited in the nursery in Guatemala. I was accompanying my brother on picking up his son. We had a lot of down time, while waiting for the administration procedures to take effect, so we spent it napping, giving Theo baths, trips to the pool, etc. I picked up one of Sedaris's books and had to leave the room because I was laughing out loud. He captures the personalities and nuances of his characters, his family, beautifully.
Soon after, I discovered that Sedaris did spots on NPR and had podcasts and other books published. I read more of his books.
Some of his work is brilliantly funny, other stories are just crude. If that is your humor, great. It isn't mine. I prefer the family anecdotes. I detest the drug addict memories, the bathroom humor and the stories where feces is the main character.
So, his books are entertaining, when in the right mood.
I was hoping for more of a gay man's Erma Bombeck. He is just too crude to pull this off.