Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - David Sedaris
Sedaris is a writer who is treated like a rock star wherever he goes in the US. This book tells why.
Written like a subversive Aesop's Fables, each little short story tells of the weaknesses, the follies and sometimes the minor tragedies of humanity, however told through animal characters.
For example, in the titular story, a squirrel and a chipmunk gets along well but due to something which the chipmunk does not understand and is too embarrassed to ask about, they both drift apart.
Follies and tragedies where people live their lives milking sympathy is told in The Motherless Bear, and those who reject sense because of their personal prejudices are in a few of their tales.
Freed from "morals of the story" like Aesop's tales, Sedaris spins stories which are captivating and sometimes, like in the last tale of The Grieving Owl, are just outright hilarious.
Good stuff, worth re-reads. 4 out of 5