Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dina on 06-24-04


I blew through this book in several days because I was addicted to the belly laughs. In fact, I listened to this book while running, which provoked more than a few suspicious glances, as I would occasionally have to stop and grab my knees in spasms of laughter. My favorite parts are when Sedaris reads his material in front of a live audience; he plays up the timing and the voices. Also, the piece about his brother is unbelievable. You really have to hear it (not read it) to get the full effect. Wait for the bit about the "watery coffee," -- you'll see what I mean.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve on 06-02-04

Sedaris is the gay Mark Twain.

He finds what is funny and what is sad about life right now. He reads the book himself and his delivery doubles the experience as compared to the printed version.

He's got the strangest life and family and I recognize a little of my own life and feelings in his stories.

The best thing I can say about this book is that I laughed until I ruptured something.
If you haven't discovered David Sedaris yet, do yourself a favor and get this book and every other book of his you can get your hands on.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenny on 12-09-08

Always funny!

David Sedaris has refreshing humor that is only made better with his personal readings of his work. My favorite selections are the ones that were recorded with a live audience, but they are all hilarious. It is easy to listen to all at once or in pieces, since it is a collection of stories.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By FanB14 on 10-05-12

Read on...Hilarity Ensues

If you're unfamiliar w/David Sedaris, start with this or any of his books. He writes in a simple prose essay format with humor sprinkled throughout. Everyday familial situations become hilarious stories and I can only imagine his family dodging his calls and visits less they end up as foddor for his writing.

In this collection, he introduces his redneck brother, Rooster; the sly mother returns; his practical, pragmatic father weighs in; and we hear more about his rebellious sister and her unkempt, breezy lifestyle. Of course he shares insights on his relationship w/Hugh. You'll laugh throughout and even feel a little sad at how he can encapsulate moments of pure clarity at the unfairness of life. A must read if you enjoy humorous prose.

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32 of 34 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jacqueline on 11-18-13

The humor and sadness is palpable

I have enjoyed David Sedaris wit for many years-he has kept me chuckling and lifted my moods with his sly and clever way of talking about his family, friends, and adventures. This book is full of his heartfelt experiences that take on a humorous slant because of his wit, but also because of the way he narrates--listening to him is the very best way to "read" his books.

However, something he wrote recently has me wondering about his ability to write about his family in such a stark (and as it turns out probably true) account of his family's personal issues. I was really saddened to learn of the suicide of David Sedaris sister, Tiffany. Last month he wrote about it in an essay in The New Yorker, and I was surprised that he claimed not to know what could have driven her to such an end--because in this book which came out in 2004, he clearly knew what her life was like. I, probably like most other's, laughed at his account of her living situation which he described as an apartment like a "revolving junk shop" and her kitchen floor which had been stripped of it's linoleum and left with tar paper as a floor. Tiffany, he said, had wanted to show him her artwork -mosaics that she made out of bits of pottery taken from the trash, but he could only think about how her apartment needed cleaning. I assumed he surely was embellishing his tale of such a dismal, unhappy life, but as it turns out, it was probably close to the truth. So, he clearly knew his sister, but says in his article that he had not talked to her for about 8 years (just about the time this book was published.)

Nothing is ever as black and white as it may appear on the surface. Many people deal with hardships, heartache and sadness with laughter--it is a gift to themselves and others' at times. I look forward to listening to his new books, however, maybe I'll appreciate his talents a little differently in the future.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alison on 06-08-04

Laugh of loud funny!

This is a collection of short stories read by the author, mostly about his some what disfuctional family. If you liked Sedaris' last book, "Me Talk Pretty One Day", you will certainly like his new audible selection "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim". David's narration may turn off some listeners, but I find it enhances his stories and makes them funnier. If you're new to Sedaris, check out the audio sample before your purchase. One minor complaint is that several stories (example: "six to eight black men") were taken from previous books of his. Still enjoyable none the less.

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