Monday, December 5, 2011
This day was a battle waged between Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris and I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee. While Sedaris's tale of how he spent a season working as an elf is laugh-until-I-cry hilarious, I've never carried the book around with me and made people listen to me reading it aloud, which I have done with Bee's book (you can hear Bee herself talk about the book here, and the less aurally inclined can read an excerpt here). From her stories of learning about the birds and the bees from her mother, to her views on pets to how she met her husband, each story is a gem that will make you laugh. To put this in perspective, the first time I read this, I was bedridden with strep throat and I soldiered through this book even though every time I laughed, I experienced a horrendous coughing fit. Worth it.