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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim Audiobook

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

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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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    Kathy Paterson Hawaii, USA 09-10-12
    Kathy Paterson Hawaii, USA 09-10-12

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    What did you love best about Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim?

    what a funny, quirky family. Sedaris is able to mix melancholy with quirk to form entertaining, sometimes hilarious tales.


    Any additional comments?

    the live performances at the end were definitely funnier. I don't know what it is, but David Sedaris reading to a live audience is faaaaar funnier than David Sedaris reading in a studio.

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    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 08-13-12
    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Ce n'est pas grave!

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    "One of his best"

    This is a laugh out loud sort of book, which I think is rare. I would recommend it to anyone, especially if they are new to the work of David Sedaris.

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    Mindful Reader Berkeley, CA USA 07-09-12
    Mindful Reader Berkeley, CA USA 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Had me in tears"

    I loved listening to this on summer vacation. I laughed out loud and laughed till I cried at some of these stories, and Sedaris is the master reader of his own material.

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    Lauren 03-08-12
    Lauren 03-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow until the funniest 2 chapters I've ever heard"
    What made the experience of listening to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim the most enjoyable?

    It took a while for the story to grab me, and for the first 6 or 7 chapters I found myself wondering why I was still going through this. (I figured,


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    He's so clever and satirical.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Chapters 14 and 15---It's basically pure Sedaris humor. It had me laughing so hard I was even in tears!


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    J. Overbosch utrecht 01-09-12
    J. Overbosch utrecht 01-09-12 Member Since 2007

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    "A really funny read"
    Where does Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I first heard David Sedaris on NPR's This American Life, where he occasionally reads short stories as well. The focus of this book is the family.

    Dress Your Family in Curduroy and Denim is one of the funniest audiobooks I've read so far. If you like short, funny, weird stories he certainly is your man.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    Davids Sedaris is a skilled performer with an unusual voice. I caught myself laughing out loud more than once, catching puzzled looks from fellow travellers. A very funny read!


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    stan Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-28-11
    stan Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Hilarious! Well worth getting!"
    Would you listen to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim again? Why?

    Continue to listen to some of my favorite chapters, & bought another one of his books. He is so funny!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ch. 15 & 21


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several


    Any additional comments?

    Get this one

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    Kelli Venice, FL, United States 11-29-11
    Kelli Venice, FL, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A little to close to Home?"

    Every family has its own set of eccentricities, and Sedaris allow us into his family's world. You may see some of your own family eccentricities in these stories and either enjoy a large belly laugh or cringe in horror!

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    maria aguirre 07-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Everyone is dysfunctional"

    So funny and a great listen. I love listening to any of his books.

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    Donna San Simon, AZ, United States 04-09-11
    Donna San Simon, AZ, United States 04-09-11
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    "Nothing funny about this book!"

    This was the worst book i have ever heard. There wasn't anything funny about it. Now I see why society is going down the drain if this is suppose to be funny. I gave it one star because it was the lowest I could give it. It doesn't even deserve that.

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    Pissantra 01-22-11
    Pissantra 01-22-11

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    "So who said he was a comedian?"

    Anyone reading these reviews would think that Sedaris is a stand-up comic whose skits hit the mark only 50% of the time, at best. Sedaris is an ESSAYIST – a person who has the capacity to see, and grab, every single bit of truth that comes at him [they come at a fast pace every day to everybody] and who is willing [despite disclosures of self that may be embarrassing] and able [this one can write!] to share those truths. A Truth can trigger any one or more of the wide range of emotions that human beings are capable of, which is why each of Sedaris’ essays may trigger Laughter, or Tears, or Introspection, or Sadness, or Embarrassment, or Pride, or Anger, or Disgust, or…..

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