Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim

eBook - 2004
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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 traveler. He eats a hamburger. He has his blood sugar tested. It all sounds so normal, doesn't it? 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.
Publisher: [New York] : Little, Brown and Company, 2004.
ISBN: 9780759511217
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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sgcf
Apr 14, 2020

This was my first Sedaris collection, recommended by a friend. Perhaps she knew I’d relate to the largish family, though I don’t think mine is quite as dysfunctional as his. Sedaris takes routine and banal snippets of his confusing life experiences and lures us to laughter with his wry observations, his self-deprecation and appreciation of his nutty family. These are beautifully crafted stories that, once you get past the humorous anecdotes, are really all about human interactions, trying, failing, hoping, and they ultimately leave us with something to think about.

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benjithegreat
Dec 19, 2019

His very best work - 5 stars forever!

Hillsboro_JenF Aug 08, 2019

Sometimes laugh-out-loud hilarious, sometimes poignant, Sedaris gives us a peek into his life and the lives of his family. The first half of the book centers around his childhood. We see the Sedaris kids on snow days, spending the summer at the beach, and David at his first “slumber party”. I found his childhood family life to be very relatable. Sedaris’s humor can be biting, but maybe that’s part of the charm. Half the time I can’t believe he’s admitting having these thoughts, and maybe that's the reason I think it’s so funny. In the second half of the book, we see David with his partner Hugh. His siblings are all grown up, but their antics are no less humorous. There’s something so familiar, so human about the way he writes about his siblings, parents, and even Hugh. You really feel like you know them by the end of the book. I have read most of Sedaris's books and this one might be my favorite so far. I highly recommend the audio book, which, of course, he narrates himself.

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LadyDi52
Jun 01, 2019

Americana at its worst, sibling rivalry and some pretty nasty "ordinary" people, from the point of view of a gay boy. Unfortunately his scenarios are all too familiar, which can be depressing

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joliebergman
Apr 17, 2013

I'm not sure if he was feeling well when he wrote this...

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chelliebel
Jun 12, 2012

I'd been encouraged to read David Sedaris for awhile now, and finally had the chance to read this book during one of my many plane flights lately (or as I like to call them: extended camping trips in various airports).

His family could be anyone's family. And the list of what other cultures say for a rooster is hysterical. Plus Dutch Christmas traditions. I'm a fan of random knowledge.

lhkara Dec 31, 2011

An extremely disappointing book. The reviews in the front of the book all talked about how hilarious it is. I didn't find any humor in it at all.

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sviera
Jul 05, 2011

funny!

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AJ_in_CoMo
Mar 21, 2011

After Sedaris's recent speaking engagement, all of my co-workers were talking about him and I had to go revisit this book because there were no copies of his latest book (Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk) available. Much of what makes him funny is his brutally honest depictions of awkward, embarassing or otherwise bizarre situations. Knowing what his voice and speaking cadence sound like also make reading his stories funnier.

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olgalivshin
Mar 04, 2011

Borrowed Dec, 16, 2008

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