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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim Audiobook

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

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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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    Amazon Customer 11-07-13

    gbroulet

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    "Funny stories, terrible sound"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The sound is very tinny and poor quality.


    What didn’t you like about David Sedaris’s performance?

    The reading was a bit flat compared to his other readings.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not really applicable


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    Sarah 09-10-13
    Sarah 09-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Why is he so bored?"

    Other reviews and recommendations from friends said David Sedaris was "laugh out loud" funny. I must disagree. I do think the subject matter discussed in the book was at least mildly amusing, but David Sedaris as the reader completely killed it for me. He sounds bored with himself, and totally not entertained. I think I probably would have enjoyed this book more had I read it to myself, but as an audiobook, I would never recommend it to a friend. The only parts that he came alive for were when he described and impersonated his brother, which was only a very short portion of the book. I won't be downloading any more David Sedaris books...wishing I had my credit back!

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    lynda Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-20-13
    lynda Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2016

    Love to write, love to read, love a great story

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    "Laughed so hard I had to pull over"
    What made the experience of listening to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim the most enjoyable?

    David Sedaris is hilarious


    What other book might you compare Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim to and why?

    no comparison Mr. Sedaris


    What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His sense of humor and timing is priceless


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

    Laughed out loud several times


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    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 06-28-13
    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 06-28-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.

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    "A great David Sedaris book"
    What did you love best about Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim?

    The humorous anecdotes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim?

    Many of the unexpected details that make the stories come to life.


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

    himself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Struggling to find himself.


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    Charlene 01-07-13
    Charlene 01-07-13
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    "whining narrator"
    What did you like best about Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim? What did you like least?

    Interesting stories shared about home life.


    What aspect of David Sedaris’s performance would you have changed?

    Change the narrator. His voice annoyed me after a while. He sounded like he was whining, which was not enjoyable to hear.


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    Ellen Columbia, MO, United States 11-20-12
    Ellen Columbia, MO, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2013

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips is my go to for fun. Harry Potter - just because. Loved the Magic of Tidying Up and Shakespeare

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    "Laughing Out Loud Alone in the Dark!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim the most enjoyable?

    The cynical humor Sedaris brings to everyday life...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim?

    The Rooster! Sedaris' brother Paul is just hilarious as seen through the author's eyes.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    His voice is perfect because it is him! The hint of sarcasm is fabulous.


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

    The whole thing moved me to roll on the floor hugging my gut laughing


    Any additional comments?

    If you need a good belly laugh Sedaris is for you

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    Amazon Customer WALLACE, ID, United States 10-29-12
    Amazon Customer WALLACE, ID, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "TMI"
    Would you ever listen to anything by David Sedaris again?

    Not likely.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect to be listening to a story about a boy struggling with homosexuality. I appreciate the struggle, but not what I signed up for.

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    Kathy Paterson Hawaii, USA 09-10-12
    Kathy Paterson Hawaii, USA 09-10-12

    Katherpat

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    "mix of studio and live performance"
    What did you love best about Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim?

    what a funny, quirky family. Sedaris is able to mix melancholy with quirk to form entertaining, sometimes hilarious tales.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 08-13-12
    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Ce n'est pas grave!

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    "One of his best"

    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.

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    Mindful Reader Berkeley, CA USA 07-09-12
    Mindful Reader Berkeley, CA USA 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Had me in tears"

    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.

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