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"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)
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…..
I really love David Sedaris! And this book did not disappoint! The only reason I gave it four stars is because the audio quality was HORRIBLE! But the book itself was great!
I like David Sedaris in print, via podcast, on the radio and especially as a reader. Get ready to laugh out loud in your car because he is great...the king of exageration...that's a good thing!
Funny. Smart. Weird. Funny. Sad. Funny. The David Sedaris experience is something difficult to describe accurately, but I'd say
don't hesitate...get it.
When you are finished searching for meaning in your audiobooks; when your commute demands some humor; when your mood is down-right foul... listen to David Sedaris - any title. I love his knack for monotone dry wit. His short stories make you believe they are all real and from actual experience (I believe them to be) however you just can't believe how hilarious the dysfunctional family can be. I still prefer Naked but this is fun; dark humor as it should be.
Not everyone will find this book humorous, funny, or hysterical but then again, not everyone is supposed to... only the intelligent people will. Any book that can make me, at 2:30 am, in my bed, laught out loud and want to continue listening despite the fact I need to be up in 4 hours is a must have. In fact, many evenings I had to force myself to turn off the iPod in my own best interest. David Sedaris is truly one of the most entertaining writers of out time and if you haven't figured that out yet, then you haven't looked into him. Amazing book... I have all of David's writings and am looking forward to the next with hopes that it appearfs on bookshelves very soon.
Frankly, there aren't many audiobooks that I listen to over and over again. That is not the case with "Dress Your Family". I can still go back and hear it and laugh like it's the first time. The story about his brother's wedding--from the "...frozen chicken wings" to the memorable automated dog poop scooper--is the one I turn to again and again. Buy this book (and find that story!), you won't be disappointed.
This book is great for a laugh! David Sedaris is extremely imaginative and paints stories rich with emotion and imagery. The relationship between mother and son is touching in an unconventional way. By the end of the story you are left with a feeling that nothing is perfect, there is always hope and to get through the tough times you need open-mindedness and heart.
Very enjoyable listen read by the author. His family stories are touching and very funny. My favorite is the "Dutch Christmas Story". Great book to listen to on a long drive or walking the dogs!
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