When You Are Engulfed in Flames Book Review

Is anyone in your house pooping on your towels? Do you have a sudden hankering to spend time at a nudist colony? Have you ever felt like you betrayed your apartment because you moved to a new one?
These are just a few of the experiences New York Times best-selling author and NPR commentator David Sedaris shares with you in his series of personal essay collections, the latest one, When You Are Engulfed in Flames. In this assortment of witty, often painfully revealing essays, Sedaris describes his journey to give up smoking, a loved habit he’s had for most of his life. His adventure takes him to Tokyo, where he discovers hard truths about himself, his country, and his grammar.
It is not just the entertaining quality of his stories that grab his audience. It’s
that somewhere in all of us, he touches a cord. It may be the fly in the corner of your window that you name and talk to first thing in the morning. Are you a man that shops in the the women’s department for pants that fit only to realize the problem when you are at the urinal with pants that zip up the back? Perhaps your lover has better childhood stories than you do, so you claim them as your own at parties. Whatever the secret story is in your life, Sedaris will trump it – and you will feel certain that his story is much more embarrassing than your own.
All of Sedaris’s books are offered on audiobooks at your local bookstore or library, and because Sedaris reads them himself in his deadpan delivery and subtle timing, it’s well-worth it to listen to them in addition to reading them. While enjoying his books in order is not necessary, it does add to the reading enjoyment as the Sedaris family begins to feel like your own crazy set of relatives.

Travelling Alone or With a Companion? Tough Choices

Deciding on whether to travel with a companion or to travel alone is a very disputatious issue. While there are many a great people supporting the idea of traveling with a companion, the considerable number of people that are against this belief and up hold the idea of traveling alone cannot be negligible. Each of these two points of view originates from its respective logical reasons and supports and the regarding vagueness is still bothersome unless we do not discuss them in detail.
As a matter of fact, the first group of people that support the idea of traveling with a companion believe in many advantages that enhance this idea. First of all, traveling along with the others will result in more familiarization with the personal characteristics of individuals in real but small scale of their life(?). They believe that they can more precisely judge their friends’ natural reactions against unexpected events and occasions and then this in turn leads to having a better knowledge of their friends. Next, when people travel with one or more companions, they will be able to tolerate some boring parts of their travel by spending their time together and by enjoying talking about their past memories. Finally, this decision will help them to save their money more and more by sharing some vital utilities and facilities such as their accommodation.
On the other hand, there are some positive points in traveling alone for the people who prefer to choose that way. In fact, they can experience everything in which they are interested without any permission or pre-scheduling, and that is because of the time limitation of most travels. Some people intend to have an opportunity to experience complete independence and know how they can deal with this issue. Moreover, the same people prefer to travel in this shape owing to their introvert characteristics. Also, in some special cases such as business trips or educational journeys, they find that no other options they can have.
In summary, considering the fact that preference to travel with a companion or alone is such a controversial issue, it will be helpful to find what the total advantages of each decision are; then, based on our personal characteristics, we may choose the way that will match our nature more(that will best suit our demands/nature). In my opinion, traveling with a companion, due to the more advantages it has, will provide a greater and more enjoyable time during our trip.