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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim Audiobook

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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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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    Judy Spokane, WA, USA 03-31-10
    Judy Spokane, WA, USA 03-31-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny if you're the right person"

    Personally, I really liked this book and it was even better because it was read by the author. It made me laugh out loud, but I feel like one would need to have the right sense of humor to find it funny. The author has a dry sense of humor and it comes through in this book. I feel like most people can see themselves somewhere amongst this dysfunctional life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Golden, CO, USA 02-03-09
    Brian Golden, CO, USA 02-03-09
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    "funny"

    This collection is amusing and I'd recommend it to anyone --but not as funny as "when you're engulfed in flames"

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    Simon Surry, NH, USA 09-01-08
    Simon Surry, NH, USA 09-01-08
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    "Great book terrible audio quality"

    What an awful shame, this is a great book but the sound quality is really poor. I know that that these guys have to compress the heck out of their books but even at the highest quality available it is painful to listen to

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marybeth Dailey 05-16-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny funny book!"

    I love this book. It is narrated by the author. I had read the book a while back. Then, it is so good, I wanted to listen to it. It is one of those you can read over and over periodically. The author narrates it and at first, his dry, monotone sort of discouraged me from buying it. But I tried it and now I love it. It is great that he read it as these are his experiences so he gets the right inflection and intonation to make it sound the way he wanted it to sound. This is a collection of the funniest short stories I have ever heard. We had just moved and had no TV at our new house yet. I plugged in my IPOD and speakers and started playing one of the funniest chapters. He said he did not want to hear it but ended up listening and laughing through several chapters. The one about different versions of Santa Claus around the world will have you laughing so hard you can't stop. Very cute book. I love his other works as well...especially Holidays on Ice which was the first Andy Sedaris I had ever read. This family of his must have been so strange but hilarious! His sister is Amy Sedaris of Strangers With Candy (TV show). If you have a slightly quirky sense of humor, get this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Diamond Springs, CA, USA 06-21-07
    Elizabeth Diamond Springs, CA, USA 06-21-07 Member Since 2013
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    This one made me laugh out loud..not easy to do.

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    Catherine Fishers, IN, USA 05-12-06
    Catherine Fishers, IN, USA 05-12-06
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    "Laugh-Out-Loud Funny"

    I listened to "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" while on the treadmill -- and there were times I laughed out loud in the middle of the gym. David Sedaris' writing is funny, poignant and relatable. The audiobook is long -- six hours -- but definitely worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Blackduck, MN, USA 09-05-05
    Jennifer Blackduck, MN, USA 09-05-05
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    "Chuckled out loud!"

    I found myself Iaughing out loud several times when listining to this book! The author was funny and witty with his descriptions growing up, fictional or not, we've all had disfuctional happenings, maybe not to these extremes, but that make us think back and laugh now. I started listening to the book again when I was done. Very enjoyabe!

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    Steven Arlington, TN, USA 09-04-05
    Steven Arlington, TN, USA 09-04-05 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable"

    This was a funny collection of stories. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It was my first experience with David Sedaris and I will definitely read more of his books.

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    Kaity H 04-19-15
    Kaity H 04-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Laughed so hard I almost got into a car accident!"
    What did you love best about Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim?

    The family relationships are dynamic, funny, and honest. I've actually read this book in the past but love listening to David Sedaris tell the story. Honestly, this is one of the few books I would suggest listening to rather than reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite stories are ones involving his brother "Rooster". I see parts of my own family in it and it just feels honest and hilarious at the same time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Best scene is when Rooster and Kathy have a "the Sedaris" baby.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed so hard at one point I almost got into a traffic accident! This book is hilarious!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy South Carolina 09-15-13
    Amy South Carolina 09-15-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm an artist and an art historian, and a chef, and a dog mom, master crocheter, a mediocre gardener, and a girlfriend, mostly. My favorite authors (in equal amounts of favorite) are Tom Robbins, Jane Austen, J.D. Salinger, and Haruki Murakami.

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    "Dysfunctional family on parade."
    Would you listen to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim again? Why?

    Yes. This book was so heartwarming and funny at the same time, two of my favorite feelings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul, David's brother. He is so different from the rest of the family. He is simple, and country, and I think secretly David was more like him. Keep it Stupid Simple.


    Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favorite?

    Paul, David's Brother. David has such a high pitched, feminine voice, and when he switched into full fledged North Carolina country bumpkin accent, I burst out laughing every time.


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

    Yes. The story about the beach house, and how the family got so excited about it and finally had stopped fighting and had even grown closer in the process of looking for one...but then at the end of the day, David's parents were alcoholics and unreliable, and he had to sit with the fact that they were going to be that way for the rest of his childhood. I suppose it moved me cause I could relate.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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