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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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    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.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Shawn Johns Island, SC, USA 11-15-05
    Shawn Johns Island, SC, USA 11-15-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Dark and depressing"

    I'm admittedly flumoxed by those who describe this book as "hilarious" or "laugh out loud funny". While well written and painfully honest in it's candor and descriptions of the author's childhood, it is anything but humorous. Since when do tales of an emotionally abusive and at best disintested father, an alcoholic and detached mother, difficulties in coming to terms with sexual identity, drug use, pan handling and child neglect constitute uproarious comedy?

    The only benefit that I can see of this text from a comedic perspective is that is inspires personal recognition that if the human condition has sunk so low that this passes for humor then I must be living a charmed life. I count my lucky stars that my life contains so much joy and real laughter, bearing no resemblance whatsoever to that of the author. I feel deeply sorry for anyone who can find humor in this darkly, depressing material.

    Finally, let me point out that I am not discouraging anyone from reading this text for what it is... a dark, autobiographic of severely disfunctional family. But if you're looking for laughs, everyone but the severely damaged should look elsewhere.

    8 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Irvine, CA, USA 12-31-05
    Lee Irvine, CA, USA 12-31-05
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    "Sick. Not Funny."

    I've found Mr. Sedaris's segments from THIS AMERICAN LIFE quite funny. Based on those stories, I purchased DRESS YOUR FAMILY. Boy, was I in for a surprise! The "fun" in Mr. Sedaris's stories has now been replaced with mean-spirited portrayals of family life and adult interpretations of the homosexual leanings of a 12 year-old. Basically, this is apparently a publication by the spirit of a pissed-off, 12 year-old gay kid. "Family listening" isn't the category for this work. Look under "sarcastic gay dark humor".

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Iowa City, IA, USA 12-26-05
    Frederick Iowa City, IA, USA 12-26-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Sexual exploitation is not funny"

    This author is as funny as hearing about the sexual exploitation of young boys in the Catholic church. I found this sick and distressing not funny. This sick writing should be under an Adult section. We listened to this as a family book on tape on a long trip and I became distress and angry with this audiobook being presented as humor.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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