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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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    Ron Fox Island, WA, United States 09-01-08
    Ron Fox Island, WA, United States 09-01-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"

    This book was advertised as being humorous, but I found it to be a bleak look into a dysfunctional family and not humorous at all. After about 1 hour of listening I gave up.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13
    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "David is great"

    Since i still have my hands, david is fresh out of childhood stories. he has moved on in his other books. get all of them, you owe it to yourself. I should see if amy has written anything? I didnt know Ira glass and philip glass where brothers? it makes since? how bout mom and dad glass, they must be so proud?!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Estell Boerne, TX United States 06-21-08
    J. Estell Boerne, TX United States 06-21-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Book"

    You might shoot milk out of your nose. My copy cuts off early, no explanation for this I could find.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Dallas, TX, USA 06-24-07
    Kimberly Dallas, TX, USA 06-24-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Just not entertaining"

    This book never engaged me. Perhaps reading it would be okay, but listening to it was just plain boring. I couldn't even finish it. While I have read some of his books and laughed, this just failed to amuse me at all.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 03-03-05
    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 03-03-05 Member Since 2001
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    "This is supposed to be funny?"

    In listening to this book, I kept waiting for something remotely redeeming to be introduced into an on slaught of illustrations about the lowest type of human behavior - but it never happened. Kind of depressing.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nan forest hills, NY, USA 06-12-04
    Nan forest hills, NY, USA 06-12-04
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    "stories well told, ideology a bit old..."

    david sedaris said it best when he made the statement "we both hated ourselves." this book is a well written account of feelings of inferiority from many angles. whether it's because his parents appear to him as crude oil next to his greasy palmed great aunt with her den of dead safari animals and tacky chauffeured cadillac. whether it's because his ragtag embarrassment of a father (who I think was an IBM exec) has the nerve to ask a more popular kid's parents to reimburse him for dental damages. whether it's the tortured feelings of being gay in a southern hetero community. c'mon dave-- you're a respected/bestselling writer who is probably more critically and commercially "successful" than anyone who every grew up in raleigh. i feel your pain, but what's next?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Divya martinez, CA, USA 04-16-09
    Divya martinez, CA, USA 04-16-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Just Sad"

    I never write reviews or complain about books, but this one is just that bad. The plot is “want to be” cute with the most sleepy story lines. The pages pass by with absolutely nothing happening and nothing entertaining at all. The fact this was published is mind boggling. Simply put, I want my money back.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Portland , OR, USA 08-30-07
    Matthew Portland , OR, USA 08-30-07
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    "Not so good"

    This is the first item I've downloaded from Audible.com, and I'm not likely to do so again. Though the stories themselves are not very interesting, my main complaint is about the production quality. The sound quality was significantly worse than your average free podcast. I'm surprised that with so much competition you can actually charge for a bad product. I'm sure glad I didn't actually pay for this.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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