Monday Night Book Club: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

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By Abigail Fisher

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

In the midst of midterms and UW Fashion Week, you may think that reading for pleasure is an unfeasible luxury better saved for spring break. To this I say nay! Fellow readers, there is always time for a secret nip of literature. If you can make time for Netflix, you can make time for a few recreational chapters. Bearing in mind the time constraints of this busy week, I humbly suggest the short Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris.

Only 159 large print pages, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is a children’s book for adults. In vein of Sedaris’s other work, this book is presented in delightful short stories, each one more perverse than the last. The stories all feature animals with somewhat grotesque personalities, often meeting distasteful ends. An imprisoned cat attends AA, a squirrel and a chipmunk struggle through “interracial” dating and an owl debates the relative merits of living in a hippo’s rectum. I devoured Squirrel Meets Chipmunk in one sitting. This book would be the perfect way to break up an exam-filled week, just be sure to read it in the quiet of your own home. I almost guarantee you will laugh out loud. Squirrel Meets Chipmunk mixes animal personification and comic genius to create the perfect bed time story for the stressed collegiate.

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