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When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
When You Are Engulfed in Flames is the latest set of essays from David Sedaris, and like his previous books, they come from different stages of his life. He recalls episodes of trying to buy drugs when he was young, social faux pas while traveling on an airplane, and his attempt to give up smoking, which he's done for most of his life. He and his partner, Hugh, move to Tokyo for three months while he tries to give up cigarettes, and his attempts to learn Japanese don't go much better than when he tried to learn French (which was a disaster). When You Are Engulfed in Flames has received mostly positive reviews with the Raleigh News & Observer saying, "Geniuses have impossibly high standards to meet: their own. Sedaris might be slightly off his game with this new collection, but should you read it? Of course. Overall, it's great. It's David Sedaris."