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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004)

by David Sedaris

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Even though I’d heard many of these stories before, they never get old. This isn’t my favorite of his books, but if you need a Sedaris fix, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim fits the bill. ( )
  les121 | Aug 23, 2015 |
The book is about Dave's quirky family and boyfriend who all seem to provide a ton of material for his books.

This is my first Sedaris read and I have to say I was not disappointed. It was laugh out loud funny. People would just look at me and wonder what I was laughing about. I cant wait to read some of his earlier work. ( )
  campingmomma | Aug 19, 2015 |
I did not enjoy this one as much as all of his other books (and I've read them all at this point). I found the subject matter depressing. Every now and then Sedaris has some insightful and beautifully expressed self-analysis to which I can relate, but mostly this collection of essays is about people I'd rather not know (or know about, for that matter). Also, I rarely laughed out loud or smiled while listening, which is my usual experience listening to Sedaris. I give it 3 stars instead of 2 just because I'd even find pleasure in listening to Sedaris read tax codes for hours. Overall, Dress Your Family is nothing to write home about. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
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Don't let the title throw you; this is perfect Sedaris. From being raised by housecats to potpourri and funerals, Sedaris can find the hilarity in tragedies great and small. So what if his family hates him, if they do. Sedaris belongs to us, his global family. His new book begs the questions: is a sense of humor genetic or can it be taught? and if humor were a color, what would it be? I, too, would like to see the world through Sedaris' or puce-colored glasses. Instead, I will accept his generosity and incorporate his memories into my own. Is there a cult out there I can join?
Recommended by Geo, August 2004
  dawsong | Jun 12, 2015 |
David Sedaris’ acerbic essays tend to either send up his personal foibles, deflect his peculiarities (such as they are) onto his equally singular siblings, or scrutinize a common practice but from an oblique angle. They are witty and dry and discomfiting in turn. His writing is both familiar (I often think I may have read a particular essay somewhere previously) and strange (only David Sedaris, I think, would come up with that!). If you’ve got the right frame of mind, you will enjoy the collected essays in this book without stopping to think about them too much.

A couple of essays stand out for special mention. “The Ship Shape” details the Sedaris family vacations at the seashore and that special summer when their parents actively considered buying a cottage. Here the full range of characters in the family come to life and the whole is a perfectly rounded piece. On a different plane is “Possession” which is exquisitely uncomfortable as the now adult Sedaris contemplates how perfect the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam would be for he and Hugh to purchase and renovate. This one will have you cringing right up until the twist at the end which makes it heart-wrenchingly poignant.

But many other essays in the collection may strike your fancy just as much. So, enjoy! ( )
1 vote RandyMetcalfe | Mar 26, 2015 |
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Sedaris is a careful writer, with a no-muss, no-fuss style that rarely misfires.
 
In a couple of this book's entries, the author's attempts to write humorously about subjects that are far from humorous result in essays that can be described only as contrived and cringe-making. They feel like strained, self-conscious efforts to generate material, and they should have been excised from this volume. The rest of the book shows Mr. Sedaris in fine funny form... It is the more shaded family reminiscences..., however, that form the heart of this book and that attest to the author's evolution from comic writer to full-fledged memoirist.
 

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316010790, Paperback)

It just isn’t fair: most of us would be lucky to be able to express ourselves in writing half as well as David Sedaris does in his new book, 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, and he proves this on the audio version of the book. In his essay The Change in Me,Sedaris remembers that his mother was good at imitating people, and it’s clear that he takes after her. Whether he’s doing impressions of 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 nuanced performance hits the right note on both the opening, comedic stories, and the more poignant essays that tend to come later in the reading. In fact, for those who have already read some of the best stories in other publications including The New Yorker, the CD or cassette version of this collection is probably the best bet for furthering your appreciation of the material.

Sedaris’s career is closely linked with two things: audio (he was discovered by NPR’s Ira Glass), and the personal lives of himself and his family. In Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, he describes fights with his boyfriend, and 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 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

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