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Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim Paperback – 6 May 2004

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349118132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349118130
  • Package Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,921,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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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This is the first book I've read having been a big fan of the many Radio 4 series. It takes a bit of adjusting but ultimately just as enjoyable. David Sedaris revels in making normal people seem quite grotesque, he makes fun of everyone but mainly of himself and can make you cry with achingly sad stories just when you least expect it.
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A true wit who creates humour out of the almost everyday. The Anne Frank house story is a brilliant comic creation.
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Didn't want to finish this book.
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David Sedaris is a genius.
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Brilliantly funny
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Great product and service
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I am a great David Sedaris fan. I only discovered him a year or so ago accidentally on radio four. His books are lots of short observational stories, some quite dark, some close to the edge of 'acceptable' but all have David Sedaris's sharp observational humour. I find I can hear his voice in my head as I read which adds to the book. I wish there were more audio CDs to buy and listen to because I can listen over and over and still laugh. Thank you David Sedaris for lifting my spirits on my darker days - I am slowly reading through your books - all I can say is always keep writing. We fans need you!!
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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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