this is a different kind of david sedaris book, this is not a hilarious collection of musings. i was disappointed and a little confused with the lack of humor or maybe i just didn’t get the joke. while reading i realized he gets a bit more introspective with when you are engulfed in flames than his previous books. once i started reading it more as a memoir than a collection, i started enjoying it more. there are still funny moments, they’re just a lot less of them. engulfed shows us david sedaris seeming lost and trying to find a way or, possibly, trying to find something to write about. it will be hard for david sedaris to match the comic quality his earlier work, they are witty genius. engulfed is better than dress your family in corduroy and denim. corduroy had me worried.