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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

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ISBN-10: 074327394X

ISBN-13: 9780743273947

Edition: 2005

Authors: David Sedaris, David Sedaris

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From the #1 bestselling author ofMe Talk Pretty One DayandDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denimcomes a collection of the short stories David Sedaris loves most. Containing the work of both contemporary and classic writers,CHILDREN PLAYING BEFORE A STATUE OF HERCULES,edited and introduced by Sedaris, gives his legions of fans a glimpse at the writing he finds inspiring - and helps them discover the truth about loneliness, hope, love, betrayal, and certain, but not all, monkeys. David Sedaris fell in love with short stories while living in Odell, Oregon. Sedaris writes, "When apple-picking season ended, I got a job in a packing plant and gravitated toward short stories, which I could read during my break and reflect upon for the remainder of my shift. A good one would take me out of myself and stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit." Featuring such notable writers as Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, Lorrie Moore, and Joyce Carol Oates, readers will reconnect with classics, as well discover fantastic but lesser-known writers. Included inCHILDREN PLAYING BEFORE A STATUE OF HERCULESare: Introduction by David Sedaris "Oh, Joseph, I'm So Tired" by Richard Yates "Gryphon" by Charles Baxter "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri "The Garden Party" by Katherine Mansfield "Half A Grapefruit" by Alice Munro "Applause, Applause" by Jean Thompson "I Know What I'm Doing About All the Attention I've Been Getting" by Frank Gannon "Where the Door Is Always Open and the Welcome Mat Is Out" by Patricia Highsmith "The Best of Betty" by Jincy Willett "Song of the Shirt, 1941" by Dorothy Parker "The Girl with the Blackened Eye" by Joyce Carol Oates "People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk" by Lorrie Moore "Revelation" by Flannery O'Connor "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried" by Amy Hempel "Cosmopolitan" by Akhil Sharma "Irish Girl" by Tim Johnston "Bullet in the Brain" by Tobias Wolff Epilogue by Sarah Vowell Borrowing the book's name from an Adriaen van der Werff painting,CHILDREN PLAYING BEFORE A STATUE OF HERCULESis David Sedaris's attempt to share his passion for short stories with a wider audience-and his enthusiasm is contagious. "The authors in this book are huge to me, and I am a comparative midget, scratching around in their collective shadow. 'Pint sized Fanatic Bowing Before Statues of Hercules' might have been more concise, but people don't paint things like that, and besides, it doesn't sound as good." David Sedaris is publishing this book to support 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring center in Brooklyn, New York. All of his proceeds, after permission expenses, fromCHILDREN PLAYING BEFORE A STATUE OF HERCULESwill benefit this organization designed to help students ages six to eighteen develop their writing skills through free writing workshops, publishing projects, and one-on-one help with homework and English-language learning. In the book's epilogue, Sarah Vowell describes the fine work done by 826NYC.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 4/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

David Sedaris was born in Binghamton, New York on December 26, 1956, but he grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Much of Sedaris' humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of North Carolina. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987. He is a popular radio commentator, essayist, and short story writer. He held many part-time and odd jobs before getting a job reading excerpts from his diaries on National Public Radio in 1992. His first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, was published in 1994. His other works include Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. Me Talk Pretty One Day won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2001. He has also written several plays with his sister Amy Sedaris including Stump the Host, Stitches, and The Little Frieda Mysteries. In 2014 her title, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Oh, Joseph, I'm So Tired
Interpreter of Maladies
The Garden Party
Half a Grapefruit
Applause, Applause
I Know What I'm Doing About All the Attention I've Been Getting
Where the Door Is Always Open and the Welcome Mat Is Out
The Best of Betty
Song of the Shirt, 1941
The Girl with the Blackened Eye
People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk
In the Cemetery Where Al Jolsen Is Buried
Irish Girl
Bullet in the Brain
Epilogue: About 826NYC