Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Davis Sedaris (LITTLE, BROWN)

If you’re expecting some Aesop-like morality tales from David Sedaris’ book of animal short stories, head back down the rabbit hole. Through these paw-sized character sketches and scenes, Sedaris exposes some of the most rude, contradictory and head-scratching truths about modern living, like a crow hating on part-time vegetarians (it gets worse), and a potty-mouthed, philandering spaniel wife of a somewhat faithful Irish setter. Some four-leggers get what’s coming to them, like the mouse who insists on taking care of every need for her baby adopted snake (including its dinner plans), or the stepmotherless bear who wears her faux-grief like a frilly circus outfit. As violent and grotesque as the Old Testament or a Tarantino script, what is missing here is Sedaris’ acute observations of everyday human life.

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