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Sedaris, David. WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES. New York City, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 323 pages. As New/As New.

The author's sixth collection of essays and short stories. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a regular first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents David Sedaris' blockbuster sixth collection. "Cringe-worthy moments follow on the heels of laugh-out-loud ones. The stories jump back and forth in time and locale: Sedaris is in middle school, in college, in his grown, professional life; now North Carolina, now New York, now Normandy. The constant is Sedaris' narrative. He sounds incredulous and world-weary at the same time. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, the collection is a masterpiece of comic writing from a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times). "Older, wiser, smarter, and meaner, Sedaris defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life" (Kirkus Reviews). An absolute "must-have" title for David Sedaris collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the month and year of publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "David Sedaris 6/29/08". Laid-in are pristine copies of the CD Sampler and Souvenir Leaflet. Sedaris is a genuine rarity among superstar-writers: He spends time with every single person who has taken the trouble of going to his reading and waiting patiently in line (which are "circle-around-the-block" long) to get his or her book signed. He writes lengthy, personalized inscriptions to those who want them and has been known to sign into the wee hours of the morning. We do not know of another American writer who sincerely bonds with (rather than keeps his distance from) his readers as Sedaris does. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID SEDARIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0316143472. $150.00

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