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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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Classic

Honestly one of my favorite writers and having him narrate his own works is really the only way to really appreciate them. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is so freakin funny! I listen to bits with my friend when we carpool places and just revel in his excellent, dark sense of humor.

I actually found the cheap music between stories to kind of add to the entire atmosphere of the book. Kind of like those B movies that every one loves so much because despite how bad the production is the story and laughs are on point.

Really really worth the listen/read.

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Funny!

in fact so funny I almost dropped the bench press bar on my chest while I was listening to it at the gym!

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Most Excellent and Vivid Essays

The humor is relentless, the delivery stupendous. I spent a lot of time laughing, as it made me think of and reflect on the absurdities of my own childhood. Mr. Sedaris' prose does not find itself diminished to court his humor. I can't think of another author who has woven a book in such a way at this level.

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Hysterical

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I was unsure at first but once you get a grasp on his very dry approach, David Sedaris will have you in hysterics over the candid, honest, and more oft than not self deprecating fashion of story telling.

Which scene was your favorite?

The stories of Christmas celebrations in countries other than America.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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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!

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  • Amy
  • South Carolina
  • 09-15-13

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.

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  • Brian
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 05-08-07

Some Great, Some Not - Uneven

I like David Sedaris' work. I found this book to be uneven - some was OK, some was SO-SO, and some was downright awesome - hilarious - especially the stories he tells to a live audience. Worth a download.

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  • John
  • Norwich, VT, USA
  • 08-09-05

Not Bad, but STOP REPEATING THE STORIES!!!

I've enjoyed Sedaris on TAL and in his previous books ("Me Talk Pretty" and "Naked"), and "Dress Your Family" is up to those standards. As the title implies, there is more focus this time around on his family.

I'm getting a bit annoyed that Sedaris repeats certain stories from book to book; in this case, one or two are repeated entirely and one only in part, as a lead-in to a different version of the story. Also, I found that the quality of his narration varies from story to story; note however that I listened to the CD version, which has a much higher audio fidelity than the Audible versions.

Finally, a note to Audible: the JavaScript on this review page is REALLY annoying!!!!

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  • Fletch
  • South Carolina
  • 03-23-05

Not as funny, but definitely worth a listen

As personal as David Sedaris' writing is anyway, "Dress Your Family..." seems the most personal. The more you listen to his writing, the more it seems plausible that you could walk up to him and strike up a conversation like an old friend.

This book is not as funny as others to listen to, but it is nevertheless incredibly engaging. As many have said, this is not the "Intro to Sedaris." It's more like "Advanced Sedaris."

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Worth multiple listenings

It was the shortest six hours I've ever listened to. I'm reading the hard cover now. I have read and listened to everything David has produced and look forward to much more. It's worth the price of admission just to hear him talk with his brother's accent. I have never heard or read any author who writes so personally. You can't abridge material like this; don't even consider it.

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