Naked, published in 1997, is a collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book details Sedaris’ life, from his unusual upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, to his booze-and-drug-ridden college years, to his Kerouacian wandering as a young adult. The book became a best-seller and was acclaimed for its wit, dark humor and irreverent tackling of tragic events, including the death of Sedaris’ mother.

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It refers to these books...

A Christmas Memory
written by

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This Book is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
After receiving news that his grandmother, Ya Ya, died, Sedaris recalls how he showed his grief at the loss. He recounts that he had just finished reading 'A Christmas Memory', and that he used the sentiments from the short story as his own. (p. 38)

Joni
written by

This Book is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David talks about his friend, Peg, a college roommate who spent her life in a wheelchair due to degenerative nerve disease. Over the years after they lost touch, David discovered that Peg had undergone a religious transformation and was inspired to write her memoirs after the release of the book, 'Joni'. (p. 152)

Lord of the Flies
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This Book is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David recalls the other boys in school who he identified as being homosexuals. He describes them as the boys who would eagerly raise their hand in class when the teacher asked for a volunteer to read an excerpt from books like 'Lord of the Flies' and 'The Yearling'. (p. 85)

Love Story
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This Book is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David talks about how his ideas about love are shaped, saying his only notion of love is that "love means never having to say you're sorry". This is a quote made famous from the book and film, 'Love Story'. (p. 20)

Next of Kin
written by

This Book is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David recalls his younger sister, Amy, playing make believe school to entertain herself. One afternoon, she announced to her pupils that she was going to read from a new book, 'Next of Kin'. (p. 43)

Rosemary's Baby
written by

This Book is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David returns his books to the library before leaving Oregon, telling the librarian a story about why he is going home. He mentions that he returned copies of 'Valley of the Dolls' and 'Rosemary's Baby'. (p. 180)

Story of O
written by

This Book is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David remembers finding this book in the sock drawer in his parents' dresser, and how all of his siblings passed the erotic book around to each other. (p. 41)

The Grapes of Wrath
written by

This Book is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David writes about living in San Francisco with his friend Veronica. He recalls the day when Veronica set down her copy of 'The Grapes of Wrath' and announced that the two of them should move to Oregon to be migrant workers in an apple orchard. (p. 160)

The Yearling
written by

This Book is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David recalls the other boys in school who he identified as being homosexuals. He describes them as the boys who would eagerly raise their hand in class when the teacher asked for a volunteer to read an excerpt from books like 'Lord of the Flies' and 'The Yearling'. (p. 85)

Valley of the Dolls
written by

This Book is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David returns his books to the library before leaving Oregon, telling the librarian a story about why he is going home. He mentions that he returned copies of 'Valley of the Dolls' and 'Rosemary's Baby'. (p. 180)

It refers to these musicals...

West Side Story
composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written by

This Musical is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David tells the story of the trip he and Lisa, his sister, took to Greece one summer. David was surprised at his sister's transformation at the airport, noting that her voice now sounded as if she were auditioning for a touring company of 'West Side Story'. (p. 88)

It refers to these songs...

Free Bird
performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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This Song is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
During the story of hitchhiking with Starsky and Hutch, David's friend Randolph, a guitar enthusiast, played the song Free Bird while David was inside a gas station, looking for fudge. (p. 127)

Muskrat Love
performed by Willis Alan Ramsey

This Song is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David talks about his time at the nudist colony, walking the grounds meeting his neighbors. He recalls a father and daughter strumming the song 'Muskrat Love' on guitars while sitting on their front porch. (p. 280)

Polly Wolly Doodle

This Song is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David writes about what his expectations were before he began work in the apple orchard. He expected that after a lunch break, the farmer would play songs like 'Turkey in the Straw' and 'Polly Wolly Doodle' for the workers. (p. 161)
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Turkey in the Straw
performed by Traditional

This Song is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David writes about what his expectations were before he began work in the apple orchard. He expected that after a lunch break, the farmer would play songs like 'Turkey in the Straw' and 'Polly Wolly Doodle' for the workers. (p. 161)

It refers to these television series...

All My Children

This Television Series is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David recalls that early on, after moving to Chicago, he had a job refinishing woodwork. He remembers the difficulty of the job, brushing harsh chemicals onto ceiling beams while trying to keep up with 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live'. (p. 209)
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One Life to Live

This Television Series is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David recalls that early on, after moving to Chicago, he had a job refinishing woodwork. He remembers the difficulty of the job, brushing harsh chemicals onto ceiling beams while trying to keep up with 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live'. (p. 209)
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Starsky and Hutch

This Television Series is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David tells about a hitchhiking experience with a friend. The two were picked up along the road by a pair who gave their names as 'Starsky and Hutch', a popular television series. (p. 126)
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The Fugitive

This Television Series is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David's mother and sister, Lisa, loved detective shows on television. David recalls the show 'The Fugitive' as being the only one he could stand to watch. David got the idea for a new hairstyle from watching 'The Fugitive'. (p. 64)
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It refers to these plays...

Hamlet
written by

This Play is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David tells about his experience as a performer in the play, 'Hamlet'. (p. 101)

Lost Colony
composed by Paul Green

This Play is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David talks about his fellow cast members in the local performance of 'Hamlet', noting that many of them got started in the business, performing in plays such as 'Lost Colony' and 'Tender is the Lamb'. (p. 101)

It is based on these movies...

Planet of the Apes
part of Planet of the Apes

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This Movie is the basis of Naked written by David Sedaris
Chapter 12 is titled, 'Planet of the Apes'. The chapter begins by telling the story of David going to an all-day marathon of 'Planet of the Apes' at a local movie theater. (p. 121)
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It refers to these movies...

A Lovely Way to Die

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This Movie is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
During his summer trip to Greece, David talks about his friend, Jason, who suddenly finds himself a girlfriend. David watches as Jason and his new girlfriend hold hands during a showing of 'A Lovely Way to Die'. (p. 92)
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Double Indemnity

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This Movie is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David's sister Lisa is given a videotape after their mother's death. The tape has the old movies the two watched together, beginning with 'Double Indemnity'. (p. 60)
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Love Story

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  • Type: Movie
This Movie is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David talks about how his ideas about love are shaped, saying his only notion of love is that "love means never having to say you're sorry". This is a quote made famous from the book and film, 'Love Story'. (p.20)
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Picnic

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This Movie is referred to by Naked written by David Sedaris
David talks about his experience visiting Curly's, his co-worker, trailer. He wonders if he would have been apt to stay if only Curly bore a resemblance to William Holden in the film 'Picnic'. (p. 178)
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It is shown on these television episodes...

Raising Hope:
Season:  1  / Episode:  1 
Pilot

This Television Episode shows Naked written by David Sedaris
Jimmy is at the grocery store, buying food for his new baby, Princess Beyonce. He goes to Sabrina's checkout line, where Sabrina is busy reading the book 'Naked'.

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