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Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim [Kindle Edition]

David Sedaris
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

David Sedaris plays in the snow with his sisters.


He goes on vacation with his family.


He gets a job selling drinks.


He attends his brother's wedding.


He mops his sister's floor.


He gives directions to a lost traveller.


He eats a hamburger.


He has his blood sugar tested.


It all sounds so normal, doesn't it?


In his new book 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 finds one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today at the peak of his form.



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Amazon.co.uk Review

Most of us would be lucky to be able to express ourselves in writing half as well as David Sedaris does in Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. But on top of his skills with the written word, the author also has substantial gifts as a performer, as he proves on the audio version of the book. But while the CD or cassette version of this collection is possibly the best bet for furthering your appreciation of the material, the book itself still showcases Sedaris's ability to capture the essence of his characters. Whether he's relating a tale involving his high-voiced brother Paul, or recalling times when he and his sisters tried to win good karma by speaking and acting like well-behaved, fairytale children, Sedaris's prose hits the right note in both the opening, comedic stories, and in the more poignant essays that tend to come later in the book.

In Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Sedaris describes fights with his boyfriend, and of his sister-in-law's difficult pregnancy. When sister Lisa complains about the stories involving the family, he writes about that, too. Sedaris's latest book provides more evidence that he is a great humorist, memoirist and raconteur, and readers are lucky to have the opportunity to know him so well. Perhaps they are luckier still not to know him personally. --Leah Weathersby, Amazon.com

Amazon Review

Most of us would be lucky to be able to express ourselves in writing half as well as David Sedaris does in Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. But on top of his skills with the written word, the author also has substantial gifts as a performer, as he proves on the audio version of the book. But while the CD or cassette version of this collection is possibly the best bet for furthering your appreciation of the material, the book itself still showcases Sedaris's ability to capture the essence of his characters. Whether he's relating a tale involving his high-voiced brother Paul, or recalling times when he and his sisters tried to win good karma by speaking and acting like well-behaved, fairytale children, Sedaris's prose hits the right note in both the opening, comedic stories, and in the more poignant essays that tend to come later in the book.

In Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Sedaris describes fights with his boyfriend, and of his sister-in-law's difficult pregnancy. When sister Lisa complains about the stories involving the family, he writes about that, too. Sedaris's latest book provides more evidence that he is a great humorist, memoirist and raconteur, and readers are lucky to have the opportunity to know him so well. Perhaps they are luckier still not to know him personally. --Leah Weathersby, Amazon.com


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 548 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049MPHVC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Sedaris lives in Paris. Raised in North Carolina, he has worked as a housecleaner and most famously, as a part-time elf for Macy's. Several of his plays have been produced, and he is a regular contributor to ESQUIRE and Public Radio International's 'This American Life'.

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the mark 6 Nov. 2007
Format:Paperback
Sedaris is one of America's greatest and funniest writers. I love all his books as I do those of J.T. McCrae, such as his -Katzenjammer- or the works of Kurt Vonnegut with his -Welcome to the Monkeyhouse-. All are great, but Sedaris distills the humour and makes it razor sharp. There's no one who can touch him. Top of the mark, this one. While a lot of people rate his books; usually "Me Talk pretty One Day" is at the top, for me, "Dress" is number one.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars author does good, film at eleven 6 Nov. 2007
By Cahsa
Format:Paperback
Loved this book, though it was third in place for my Sedaris collection. "Me Talk" is first, followed by "Naked," then this one. On the same great humour and wit as the works of Burroughs or Jackson McCrae (think his --Katzenjammer--), DYFICAD is a must for fans of not only Sedaris, but humour as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sunny book 15 Mar. 2010
By AMA
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I liked this book, it is light and makes you smile, although I found it more funny towards the end. I am going to buy more books of this author. Tried to see him in London (that is how I found him - through an article in The Times) but the event is fully booked months in advance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars consistently hilarious 7 Oct. 2006
Format:Paperback
A true favourite. Sedaris is wickedly and achingly observant, a master storyteller, and drop dead funny. Likeable too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but still very good 20 Mar. 2010
By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I was a little disappointed with this book, feeling that it was not quite as good as the other books I had read by David Sedaris. Tellingly though on finishing it when I looked back at what I had just read I found that I had, almost without exception, enjoyed every story in Dress your Family, and had great difficulty choosing a particular favourite. Was it the story of the authors' childhood neighbours who were considered strange because they didn't own a TV? Was it the tale where Sedaris was worried he would be considered to be a child molester because he helps a young boy carry coffee to his parents hotel room? Was it where he tells about his cleaning job when a male client expected services other than vacuuming and dusting? It could be any of these or any of three or four others.

The truth of the matter is that I was only disappointed with this book because of the high standard of his others. David Sedaris is such a brilliant humorist that even his disappointing stuff is better than anything produced by any other comic writer around today.
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Format:Paperback
I found this book on a bargain shelf for $2 (USD) and I snatched it up immediately. I had previously read `Holidays on Ice,' so I had a rudimentary idea as to what to expect.

Sedaris's writing style seems reminiscent of that found in Jean Sheppard's `In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash'; acerbic wit, irreverence, and hyperbolic familial relationships, glossed over with an occasional touch of tenderness and self-deprecation.

One of the criticisms of this book that has been repeated in numerous reviews (on the U.S. Amazon site) is that it isn't as funny as some of Sedaris's previous works. However, life isn't always funny - So, why should Sedaris's memoir-style writing focus solely on that single dimension? In fact, I would argue that by balancing his writing with darker, disturbing, or more serious anecdotes, he not only accentuates the humorous portions of this book (e.g., his brother Paul "the Rooster"), he also presents a more holistic, well-rounded view of his world to the reader (for better or for worse).

I've thoroughly enjoyed reading about the over-blown caricatures known as the Sedaris family. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Sedaris's material.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is fabulous! 6 May 2005
Format:Paperback
That girl laughing her derriere off on the 73 bus whilst reading was me and yes, I was reading this book and receiving very bewildered stares from my fellow passengers. This book is amazingly funny, incredibly clever and extremely witty. It has inspired me to read the rest of David Sedaris' books... I take my hat off to the guy and only wish that I too could be this witty. Buy it - you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poignant rather than funny - at least in writing 29 May 2010
By Jezza
Format:Paperback
I'm not a fan of the author's radio monologues. I don't mean that I don't like them - I haven't listened much. Some of my friends have given them such a big build-up that disappointment was virtually guaranteed, and yes I didn't find it very funny when I did listen.

Same with the book really. They loved it so much I was waiting to be amused, and I wasn't. I think he has a nice way with words, but I found most of the essays sad rather than funny. Only the last few made me smile.
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