Truth in Memoirs

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Today’s Christian Science Monitor looks at the memoir flap, with this quote from David Sedaris:

What’s interesting to me is that we live in a time when our government is telling us some pretty profound lies. And then James Frey writes a book and it turns out some of it’s not true. No one asked for their vote back, but everyone wanted back the money they’d spent on that book. We’re in the shadow of huge lies and getting angry about the small ones.

Sedaris’s next book, coming in early June, includes a short preface, calling it “real-ish.”

Jesh, have we come to this, humor has to be factual, too?

When You Are Engulfed in Flames
by David Sedaris

  • Hardcover: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown, (June 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316143472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316143479
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $34.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; (June 3, 2008)
  • Reader: David Sedaris
  • ISBN-10: 1600241824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600241826
  • Audio Cassette: Unabridged, $34.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (June 3, 2008)
  • Reader: David Sedaris
  • ISBN-10: 1600242316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600242311
  • Large Type: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown. (June 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316024597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316024594