©2004 David Sedaris; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
"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)
what a funny, quirky family. Sedaris is able to mix melancholy with quirk to form entertaining, sometimes hilarious tales.
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.
Ce n'est pas grave!
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.
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.
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,
He's so clever and satirical.
Chapters 14 and 15---It's basically pure Sedaris humor. It had me laughing so hard I was even in tears!
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.
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!
Continue to listen to some of my favorite chapters, & bought another one of his books. He is so funny!
Ch. 15 & 21
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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!
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.
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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