Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim: Library Edition

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim: Library Edition

by David Sedaris

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ISBN-13: 9781598951394
Publisher: Findaway World Llc
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.89(w) x 7.76(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Hometown:

London, England

Date of Birth:

December 26, 1956

Place of Birth:

Johnson City, New York

Education:

B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 275 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're reading this in public be prepared for people to stare at you as you spontaneously burst into laughter. This book was so good. I would say that this ties with "Me Talk Pretty One Day" as his best work.
Jomar_Mariano More than 1 year ago
i loved the last essay. i couldn't stop laughing.
almondtea More than 1 year ago
Just newly moved to NC myself, I stumbled across "When You Are Engulfed In Flames" about three months ago and have since been reading Sedaris almost religiously. Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim is one of my personal favorites. Sure, I could sit here and go blow by blow why I found the book entertaining. But that would be the equivalent of someone messing up the best punch line to a really good joke. And I mean that in the BEST sense. Sedaris writes the way I have always suspected MOST PEOPLE think but are too PC to admit to it. I can't fathom anyone not coming away feeling as if they too have found a kindred spirit with the author. His writing reaffirms the every day observations we all seem to make mental notes of, but never voice out loud for fear of being ostracized. It makes one feel almost gleefully comforted to read his stories. Quite honestly, a lot of the literature I've tackled over the past 7-8 months have been either too pretentious, predictable, and/downright depressing. Suffice it to say I needed a BREAK away from all of the above and instead needed a good laugh! Sedaris shamelessly hits those notes without fail. It's refreshing I tell you! And though I've lived out of the country for the past 6+ years, I know (now) that Sedaris has been around far longer than my absence. And I cannot help but wonder and lament what the heck happened that I'm just now "discovering" him?!! I can't help but conclude I must have been living under a rock. Indeed I was!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first couple essays weren't as funny, but then he was on a roll. I found myself chuckling after I finished the book, whenever I would think of a story. He does a great job writing about the smallest things and making them hilarious. I'm going to get his other books and hopefully keep on laughing.
EBG74 More than 1 year ago
David Sedaris is a truely funny, snarky guy who I would love to have several glasses of wine with. He tells his stories from a viewpoint that is both funny and touching. Each short tale serves as morality plays with so much humour that you fall in love with both David and his family and crazy cast of friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book . Adore the author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read from David Sedaris, and I like his style. Wants to make me read more of him!
SteveTheDM More than 1 year ago
Much like "Me Talk Pretty One Day", Sedaris' "Dress Your Family in Courderoy and Denim" is a collection of humorous essays. I frequently found myself laughing under my breath at the absurdity of Sedaris' life... The man has lived a bizarre life, indeed. This was an enjoyable and quick read.
robino More than 1 year ago
I actually listened to this on audio tape. I was hardly ready for the style and kept trying to figure out if I should feel sorry, be angry or what to think. Once I realized he was telling me his story from what was more of a sarcastic humor, I really laughed and enjoyed myself as he spoke to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected to laugh more. Some things were very funny but most stories were just ok.
dw0rd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another example of my favorite genre, the "Read by the Author" audio. This couldn't be read by someone else anyway, right? Would someone else perform a Bill Cosby comedy album? And David Sedaris started on NPR, right? Well, the book was published first, so I suppose it could have been read by anybody. But it wasn't and I almost wish it had been. I'm thinking specifically about his rendering of his brother's voice. It might be dead-on accurate but it came off, at least for me, as a strained attempt to mimic the stereotypical redneck. I realize his family is source material and he can fudge as far as family tranquility will allow, but I didn't like having to listen to or about this guy. Other relatives' and characters' foibles, weaknesses, and strengths have remained warm in my memory, though. Some vignettes are poignant, bordering on sad, and there are more here than ever, but they work and aren't totally depressing.Some of the sketches were on the 2003 "Live at Carnegie Hall" CD meaning I'd heard them before. Any comedy routine has to be hilarious to survive multiple retellings. One good routine can make the entire collection worthwhile.
edecklund on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another example of my favorite genre, the "Read by the Author" audio. This couldn't be read by someone else anyway, right? Would someone else perform a Bill Cosby comedy album? And David Sedaris started on NPR, right? Well, the book was published first, so I suppose it could have been read by anybody. But it wasn't and I almost wish it had been. I'm thinking specifically about his rendering of his brother's voice. It might be dead-on accurate but it came off, at least for me, as a strained attempt to mimic the stereotypical redneck. I realize his family is source material and he can fudge as far as family tranquility will allow, but I didn't like having to listen to or about this guy. Other relatives' and characters' foibles, weaknesses, and strengths have remained warm in my memory, though. Some vignettes are poignant, bordering on sad, and there are more here than ever, but they work and aren't totally depressing.Some of the sketches were on the 2003 "Live at Carnegie Hall" CD meaning I'd heard them before. Any comedy routine has to be hilarious to survive multiple retellings. One good routine can make the entire collection worthwhile.
catalogthis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The thing I love most about David Sedaris' memoirs Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim isn't the laugh-til-your-eyes-water-and-your-diaphragm-seizes humor, but the bittersweet truth behind each of the stories. In other memoirs -- and here I'm thinking of Bill Bryson's The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir -- the truthtelling falls short of revealing the pain and awkwardness of adolescence and dysfunctional family life. Sedaris, by contrast, never hesitates to reveal his shortcomings as a brother, son, partner, or neighbor. His honesty makes for excellent listening.
riofriotex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sedaris' somewhat nasally, high-pitched voice was grating at times, but I like it when authors read their own work ¿ I think they can make the stories more meaningful, and that was the case here. His nuance added poignancy to some of the sadder essays, while his mimicry of his younger brother¿s South Carolina accent and vocabulary in a live performance of ¿Rooster at the Hitchin¿ Post¿ made such stories even more hilarious. This audiobook also has a live performance of "Six to Eight Black Men," a funny tale about Christmas in the Netherlands.
name99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More David Sedaris. Funny, but with some real sadness in the background, especially the stories about his sister Tiffany and his experience helping a young boy carry coffee to his parents' room in a hotel.
redderik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The guy is just so colorful it's hard not to laugh
kkrezel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
hmmm... awesome writing, excellent stories, but it is disjointed and whenever i finish one of his books, i can't for the life of me remember what it is "about".
jorgearanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Turns out all those quirks and little obsessions that I thought were unique to me are also Sedaris's. When he describes them, though --and describing them is almost all he does in this book--, he is funny, witty, and lovable. His book is like a version of your conscience with heightened perception powers talking back to you.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love David Sedaris, but this is not one of his best collections. He is still the master of the memoir/humorous essay genre.
kfellows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is, quite possibly, my favorite book of David Sedaris's. It's brilliantly funny, and I can't understand why someone wouldn't like it."But, it's dirty.""But, it's DAVID SEDARIS."If you haven't already, you simply must read it.
cransell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
David Sedaris writes anecdotal chapters, which make his books good to read in short bursts. An amusing read, focused heavily on his family.
echo2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What she thought about while looking at the waves was a complete mystery, yet you could tell that these thoughts pleased her, and that she liked herself better while thinking them. (20)
jd234512 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the perfect book to be reading around my wedding. I could read it and come back a week or so later and read a chapter/story and not feel like I had to start the book over. Sedaris is a great storyteller and provided the perfect non-committal book for the time. While I normally read novel's and theology, this was a great book to have in between reading those. These stories were not as entertaining as other's I've heard of his, which is why it did not get the full four stars, but they were still fun. I look forward to reading some of his other's which seem to come recommended higher.
veronicadarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love anything this man writes! Fabulous!
dele2451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite simply put, this book cracked me up. It's the first work I've read from Mr Sedaris and I'll definitely be on the lookout for more. His wry humor and his keen observations about growing up gay in America's suburbs are hilarious. He certainly has a talent for taking common, everyday occurrences and making them hilarious. I'd venture to say that even staunch homophobes will find plenty to chuckle about in this one.