I agree with you, in fact I have just been through a load of old paperbacks with a view to recycling them. I can't bear to part with the Sedaris ones despite them being battered. I really enjoyed Augusten Burroughs, although the subject matter can be very dark (his dysfunctional/ abusive childhood and subsequent alcoholism for example) he writes about it brilliantly and is very very funny.
I read Running With Scissors a while back. I did hear Sedaris on R4 - then went to see him give a reading at the Fringe last month, can't find it anywhere online but his article Children Of The Corn Pasta that he read aloud had me in kinks.
I hate being in need of something just right and not being able to lay hands on it!
I queued up like a proper groupie and got my book signed and talked to him about Zombie Plans and he signed my book "To Snigger - we both have a plan...." and he said he can't bear to hear the R4 recordings because he hates his voice and I fawned and generally made an utter drooling tit of myself.
I saw him a couple of years ago in a small theatre in Glasgow. I'd never heard of him, and went along to keep my friend company. It was a great night - he read an excerpt from When You Are Engulfed In Flames. He was very funny, and good company in the bar afterwards where he was signing books.
Agent, I saw him in Glasgow too. It was at the Tron, wasn't it? I was there with my brother and we were in hysterics when he was talking about his dad and family stuff. He could have been describing us .