Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

Written by:
David Sedaris
Narrated by:
David Sedaris

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2017
14 hours 0 minutes
One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's 'Vulture', The Week, Bustle, BookRiot
An NPR Best Book of 2017An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee

David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making.

For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.

Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.

Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, there's no such thing as a boring day.
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Adrienne S.

I love everything David Sedaris writes, but I especially love hearing his narration. It’s magical. Reading the words wouldn’t compare to hearing them in his own voice.

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Andrew T.

Sadly, this is the last Sedaris book for me until he writes more. I highly recommend reading this book after you’ve read most (if not all) of David’s other works. I agree with the author; this book isn’t made to read from start to finish in one sitting. That being said, it was an exciting moment to see the origins of his stories from other books.

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Sally M

I think David Sedaris has exhausted his trove of personal experience. I found this to be a lot less fresh than his earlier work, although he continues to demonstrate that he is one of today's most sardonic and insightful comedic talents. I hope he'll wait for another decade of life before writing yet another book about his.... life.

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Allott B

Authentic. Sardonic and hilarious.

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