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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim | [David Sedaris]

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.
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Publisher's Summary

In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

©2004 David Sedaris; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Humor and Short Stories/Collections, 2005

"In his latest collection, Sedaris has found his heart. This is not to suggest that the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and other best-selling books has lost his edge. The 27 essays here include his best and funniest writing yet....What emerges is the deepest kind of humor, the human comedy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sedaris is a careful writer, with a no-muss, no-fuss style that rarely misfires." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Sedaris' piquant essays are as meticulously honed and precisely timed as the best stand-up comic routines, which is, of course, what they are....Sedaris, openly gay, nervy as a tightrope walker, sharply hilarious, teasingly misanthropic yet genuinely compassionate, has a unique ability to supply exactly the right details to bring every funny, awkward, ludicrous, painful, horrible real-life moment into harrowingly crisp focus....He is mesmerizing." (Booklist)
"Sedaris has a satirical brazenness that holds up next to Mark Twain and Nathanael West." (The New Yorker)

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    Rudi aurora, IL, USA 11-29-04
    Rudi aurora, IL, USA 11-29-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Not his best, but still good"

    If you've never heard David Sedaris read one of his essays on This American Life or listened to one of his other books, you should know he is one of the most hilarious storytellers in America today. Given that, this book does not come close to the brilliance of Me Talk Pretty One Day or some of the pieces in Holidays on Ice. Sedaris is most enjoyable when reading before a live audience, as he feeds off the excitement of the crowd. For that reason, the Live at Carnegie Hall performance is a great place to start. For a non-live performance, Me Talk Pretty is the best. There are some gems here, but this is not his best work. Many of the stories simply made me sad, although I could still see humor in the way they are told.

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    Jamie SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 11-21-04
    Jamie SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 11-21-04 Member Since 2015
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    "Sedaris at his best"

    I've read all of David Sedaris's books, and this one is my favorite. Naked is just as funny, but in this newest title, he manages to be both side-splittingly funny and touching at the same time. This is a collection I have no doubt I'll enjoy again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Van Horn 10-18-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Hilarious! I wanted it to keep going!"

    Fantastic story -- amusing and thought provoking.

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    Parry Saint Paul, MN, USA 07-14-04
    Parry Saint Paul, MN, USA 07-14-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Be patient, but its really good"

    This is overall really good, but there are some of the stories (unfortunately including several of the first ones) that aren't so funny, just kinda thoughtful and sad. But overall there are some hilarious stories, especially his live ones, I totally laughed out loud at times. Worth getting the whole book, but may be some of his others are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Temple, TX, United States 07-13-04
    Jennifer Temple, TX, United States 07-13-04 Member Since 2012
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    "Typical Sedaris"

    I finally finished listening to this audiobook last night. I've been trying to ration myself to
    one essay a night to make it last longer...but I splurged last night and listened to the last
    three. I think Sedaris is hilarious and poignant at the same time. While listening to
    these stories, I'd find myself laughing so hard my sides hurt, and then having to wipe the
    tears from my eyes a few minutes later.

    I think this is a slightly kinder, gentler Sedaris than the one who wrote The SantaLand
    Diaries, but he's still just as sharply observant and critical of human nature (and of himself
    and his family) as he's always been. Sedaris's mother and father (Sharon and Lou), all his
    sisters (Gretchen, Lisa, Tiffany and Amy) and his brother Paul make appearances. He
    picks them apart unmercifully (especially poor Paul, poster child for rednecks), but still
    manages to convey his love for them.

    This is the first time I've "read" Sedaris as an audiobook, and I'm now convinced that that's
    the *only* way to read him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Hanlon 07-03-04
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    "Funny life stories"

    David Sedaris is an excellent story teller. He did a very good job narrating his own book, which is always a risk as this doesn't always work out well for authors. I very much enjoyed his book.

    The reason I rated this a 4 and not a 5 is the really long comedy show near the end of the book. It threw me off track as it feels like I'm smack in the middle of a late-night comedy show (complete with drunken laughs and hoots). I wonder if they wanted to add more time to the audio as it takes up almost an hour of it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 07-02-04
    Paul 07-02-04
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    "A Great Listen"

    This is my first Sedaris book. This is one of the funniest works I have listened to on Audible; even funnier than Al Franken. It is thoughtful and quick witted. I must agree that the live audience chapters are the best. I recommend this book without reservation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Beard Hickory, NC United States 06-28-04
    Eddie Beard Hickory, NC United States 06-28-04 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read for Sedaris fans"

    If you are a fan of David Sedaris' works, you will do like I did and listen to this in one sitting (or in extended sessions on the treadmill at the gym). His wit and humor speaks to anyone with a family who doesn't match the stereotype of June & Ward Cleaver, especially if you are from the south. Listening to the audio version by Sedaris himself makes this all the more worthwhile. My only regret is that it's not longer, and Audible doesn't carry more of his works. This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it.

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    Roger Sutton 06-11-04 Member Since 2014
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    "good, but awkward mix of studio and live"

    Another reviewer prefers Sedaris's live recordings but I have to say that the two live segments here are rather grating, a little heavy on the "knowing laughter" factor. And the transitions from studio to live are jarring. Still, awfully funny.

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    Linda Quiquivix 06-10-04
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    "THE BOOK IS BETTER THAN THE AUDIO"

    Being a HUGE fan of David Sedaris' writing, I have gotta say that his audio book versions are horrible when not in front of an audience. His writing is witty and hilarious, but when he records his books, his tone is so sad! It's a stark contrast from his live readings on This American Life or in concert where he's so much funnier as he sounds normal than when recording his books in studio. So, unless live, Sedaris' audio book versions don't do his work justice.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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