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David Sedaris
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Book Description

16 Dec 2004

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (16 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349116709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349116709
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


These are scenes of family life at its best, written with clarity but also with great affection, through which the character of the author emerges, watchful, self-mocking and full of understanding. (TLS)

This is a man who could capture your heart and lift your spirits while reading out the ingredients of a rice cake. OBSERVER ('Mr Sedaris's humour is dry, witty and consistently successful.')

ECONOMIST ('Sedaris is like an updated Thurber: domestic, laconic, slightly warped but never bitter, and extremely funny.')

CULTURE, SUNDAY TIMES ('His best, funniest, most satisfying book.')

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the mark 6 Nov 2007
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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars author does good, film at eleven 6 Nov 2007
By Cahsa
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sunny book 15 Mar 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars consistently hilarious 7 Oct 2006
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
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant... 12 Feb 2011
By Louise
Mr. Sedaris was a great discovery for someone like me who usually stick to classics like Hemingway, Dickens and Irving. Sedaris sees the world in such a funny way - reading this book made me laugh out loud many times.
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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
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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is fabulous! 6 May 2005
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dress your family in corduroy
This is a delightful read. The essays are very touching and entertaining. I found myself giggling and occasionally laughing out loud.
Published 1 month ago by catherine o'leary
5.0 out of 5 stars Now 100% hooked on Sedaris
This was my third in a row. On to the 4th in a few moments. His family must be saints though, otherwise surely they'd have beaten him to death by now.
Published 3 months ago by Pam Vick
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I bought it
I wish I had not bought this book. It is supposed to be laugh out loud funny but although I just love comedy in all forms, I could not get it from this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars I love David Sedaris
This was bought as a gift but I am optimistic that it will go down well as he is unfailingly amusing.
Published 4 months ago by ValMH
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it much
Did not like the book much. It seemed disjointed, jumped from one time to another. Maybe I am not into american humour either. So: no, I would not recommend it
Published 4 months ago by simon goodwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Another engaging read
Bought this after reading "me talk pretty" an listening to latest Radio essays. The style and subject matter, the jaw dropping revelations regarding himself family and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Iceass71
5.0 out of 5 stars David Sedaris is a comic genius
David Sedaris is hilarious. These are a collection of really enjoyable stories that you can listen to time and time again. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Boyd
1.0 out of 5 stars ???
Is this supposed to be funny? Odious people, being gratuitously cruel to each other constitutes a tortuous reading experience as far as I'm concerned.
Published 11 months ago by Tyandree
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
It was a great holiday read. It got me through an eleven hour flight. Now I need to read his other books.
Published 12 months ago by Cora Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Us and Them
Just...Us and Them. Brilliant. I couldn't have written it, but I will be forever jealous that I didn't. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Xenia
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