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The Book Reader: "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls", "I'll Seize The Day Tomorrow"

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Andrew Losowsky of the Huffington Post reports for NY1 on newly released book titles and the world of publishing in "The Book Reader."

Sometimes, a book title is enough to make you smile. My favorite real book titles over the past 12 months include "Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde", "I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus" and David Sedaris' latest work, "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls".

Like his previous books "When You Are Engulfed In Flames" and "Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim", the title bears only a passing relevance to its contents. Instead, it's filled with funny essays, mostly starring a highly neurotic version of himself.

A long-time NPR favorite, if you've ever heard Sedaris speak, it's hard to read the words without hearing his drawl seeping through the page. If you've never read or heard him, then I recommend standing in a bookstore and reading one of the essays. They aren't long, and they'll tell you instantly if you'll enjoy the others. Personally, I'm a fan, and this fast read is just as strong as his other bestselling collections. It's out now in hardback and download from Little Brown.

If you find yourself wanting more self-deprecating, NPR-style male humor, then the perfect companion is Jonathan Goldstein's "I'll Seize The Day Tomorrow". Like Sedaris, Goldstein has appeared on This American Life, and this compilation of tales was mostly broadcast on his Canadian radio show Wiretap, but they transfer well to the printed page.

Though Goldstein isn't yet as popular or famous as Sedaris, the two come across in these books as twin souls. Both are funny and moving, and they somehow manage to express some of our darker thoughts in ways that absorb our shame without removing any of our guilt.

"I'll Seize The Day Tomorrow" is out now in download, and later this month in paperback, from Pintail.

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