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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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First Audible Book I've Returned

It's a perfectly well written book, and maybe it would be funny if I read it and could put my own spin on it in my head (though I really doubt this), but the combination of these very bleak stories -which Sedaris DOES NOT highlight the humor in- and his delivery in reading them just makes the book dark as opposed to darkly funny. I bought it because I was looking for dark humor, instead I just found dark and really, really sad. Do we have any indication from Sedaris that he intended this to be funny? I just can't believe he did. I just wanted to caution others to listen to a sample if you are looking for a laugh because you might not find it here.

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Live sections are best

What did you like best about Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim? What did you like least?

The chapters where David Sedaris is reading to a love audience are my favorite -- bringing on the laughs that I've come to associate with him -- and why I purchased this book. Having first heard him on This American Life, I was expecting more self-deprecation to offset some of the cynicism. There is a certain arrogance to his writing, but in front of a love audience, it's more apparent that he is also poking fun at himself. In-studio, though, he comes off as arrogant and superior.

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

I would prefer an all-live version vs a mix of in-studio and live. His live work sometimes has me laughing so hard tears run down my face. Many of the in-studio chapters of this book, though, just make him seem like a jerk.

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  • christy
  • Plano, TX, United States
  • 01-08-14

BIG FAN!

I love his dry sense of humor and these stories are as funny ans anything that Ron White can come up with. A little nostalgic, but always funny. Highly recommended for those with a little twisted sense of humor.

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David Sedaris is always amusing

What made the experience of listening to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim the most enjoyable?

I think the thing that made it the most enjoyable was that David read the book. There's something extra that comes through when a writer is the one reading his own material. Especially Sedaris, who is used to reading/speaking in front of crowds.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I would pick David's younger brother. I think he was the best because of the huge chasm there is between he and David personality wise

Which scene was your favorite?

David's sleep over when the other neighborhood boys

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

no

Any additional comments?

If you like David Sedaris, get this. If you like lighthearted but smart story telling, get this.

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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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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

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

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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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

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