BN.com Gift Guide
Customer Reviews for

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Average Rating 4
( 219 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(108)

4 Star

(67)

3 Star

(30)

2 Star

(7)

1 Star

(7)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Hilarious

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.

posted by 1582156 on July 11, 2009

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Audrey's Review: It is CONTROVERSIAL!

Before reading Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, it is important to know a little about the author, David Sedaris, since the novel is a collection of essays from various points in his life. Though some of his book is laugh-out-loud funny, some parts are sad, emba...
Before reading Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, it is important to know a little about the author, David Sedaris, since the novel is a collection of essays from various points in his life. Though some of his book is laugh-out-loud funny, some parts are sad, embarrassing, inappropriate, and even offensive. First of all, anyone who reads his book needs to know he is openly gay, has been since he was a small boy, and VERY openly writes about his homosexuality. You must also know he has been a drug addict, has a dysfunctional family that somehow seems normal when he writes about them, and uses quite a bit of colorful language. His inappropriate and disturbing tale about his seventh grade strip poker night at the neighbor¿s house makes this book absolutely unsuitable for ALL children, and I do not suggest it to any close-minded conservative believer in family values. In his novel, he introduces characters from different points of his life. From his mother, father, and siblings to Brandi the next door neighbor and Dan, the ex-friend/hippie, you will meet all the people who have effected his life- positively or negatively. I myself am quite a conservative person, and I am more opinionated than most. In begging to read his book, I was completely unaware of his homosexuality, or what the book was about. All I knew was I had seen the novel on the New York Times bestseller list, and that was enough for me to read it. I was wrong. The sleeve of the book does not even suggest you will be reading of obscene acts Sedaris has participated in and witnessed during his lifetime. It does not tell you that he enjoyed having a naked twelve year old sit on his lap during his ¿adolescent¿ game of strip poker it does not tell you of his explicit drug use, or of his vile encounter with a man and his television set. I was thoroughly horrified to let my eyes see some of his words, and for that I am angry- this deceitful novel seems innocent and very funny until page 39. David Sedaris certainly has a gift the man can write. I just do not like the topics he chooses to cover so¿thoroughly. If you are someone who enjoys funny, daring novels that have foul language, and can enjoy/bear/deal with some of his ¿racy¿ tales, than this book is for you. I think Sedaris is a gifted writer, I took a chance, read his book, and was disappointed. Read it with an open mind- I did not like it, but I did like his writing style, and some of his life story really is hilariously funny. He writes in an enjoyable chapter about his family life: ¿Out in the hallway I could hear my mother straining for something to talk about. 'A boat!' she said. 'That sounds marvelous. Can you just drive it right into the water?' '¿Actually, we have a trailer,¿' Mr. Tomkey said. '¿So what we do is back it into the lake.¿' '¿Oh, a trailer. What kind is it?¿' '¿Well, it's a boat trailer,¿' Mr. Tomkey said.¿ Sedaris certainly has the gift of writing, and though I may feel violated from reading certain excerpts from the novel, it really and truly was a funny, heart warming story for the most part.

posted by Anonymous on May 25, 2007

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 7 review with 2 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    Audrey's Review: It is CONTROVERSIAL!

    Before reading Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, it is important to know a little about the author, David Sedaris, since the novel is a collection of essays from various points in his life. Though some of his book is laugh-out-loud funny, some parts are sad, embarrassing, inappropriate, and even offensive. First of all, anyone who reads his book needs to know he is openly gay, has been since he was a small boy, and VERY openly writes about his homosexuality. You must also know he has been a drug addict, has a dysfunctional family that somehow seems normal when he writes about them, and uses quite a bit of colorful language. His inappropriate and disturbing tale about his seventh grade strip poker night at the neighbor¿s house makes this book absolutely unsuitable for ALL children, and I do not suggest it to any close-minded conservative believer in family values. In his novel, he introduces characters from different points of his life. From his mother, father, and siblings to Brandi the next door neighbor and Dan, the ex-friend/hippie, you will meet all the people who have effected his life- positively or negatively. I myself am quite a conservative person, and I am more opinionated than most. In begging to read his book, I was completely unaware of his homosexuality, or what the book was about. All I knew was I had seen the novel on the New York Times bestseller list, and that was enough for me to read it. I was wrong. The sleeve of the book does not even suggest you will be reading of obscene acts Sedaris has participated in and witnessed during his lifetime. It does not tell you that he enjoyed having a naked twelve year old sit on his lap during his ¿adolescent¿ game of strip poker it does not tell you of his explicit drug use, or of his vile encounter with a man and his television set. I was thoroughly horrified to let my eyes see some of his words, and for that I am angry- this deceitful novel seems innocent and very funny until page 39. David Sedaris certainly has a gift the man can write. I just do not like the topics he chooses to cover so¿thoroughly. If you are someone who enjoys funny, daring novels that have foul language, and can enjoy/bear/deal with some of his ¿racy¿ tales, than this book is for you. I think Sedaris is a gifted writer, I took a chance, read his book, and was disappointed. Read it with an open mind- I did not like it, but I did like his writing style, and some of his life story really is hilariously funny. He writes in an enjoyable chapter about his family life: ¿Out in the hallway I could hear my mother straining for something to talk about. 'A boat!' she said. 'That sounds marvelous. Can you just drive it right into the water?' '¿Actually, we have a trailer,¿' Mr. Tomkey said. '¿So what we do is back it into the lake.¿' '¿Oh, a trailer. What kind is it?¿' '¿Well, it's a boat trailer,¿' Mr. Tomkey said.¿ Sedaris certainly has the gift of writing, and though I may feel violated from reading certain excerpts from the novel, it really and truly was a funny, heart warming story for the most part.

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 18, 2012

    I don't get it!

    This was my first David Sedaris read and I didn't enjoy it. The stories just weren't entertaining. I'll read one of his other books to give him a second chance.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 27, 2010

    Didn't love it!

    This book reminded me a lot of David Sadaris' other book I read, "Naked". It was very simililar and not really the best book I have read. The story lines are very similar which I thought was a bit strange but the main story was about a homosexual man and the story of his life. I thought the book just went along with out any real high or low points that would spark interest. This book (like the other) was just ho...humm... for me. You may think differently but I didn't really like it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2004

    Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim: Essays

    I bought this book because of all the hype I heard about it. I will start off by saying that there were a few points in the book where I was on the floor laughing. This is why I gave it a 2 star rating rather than a 1 star. However, this is a very marginal 2 star rating (more like a 1 and a half). The book did not have a solid plot. The language was too simple. It was a book of pointless chapters with not much of a coherent structure. It was a poor piece of writing, and if I could return the book, I would. I won't even lend it out to a friend. I'm dumping in the trash.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    kept waiting for it to get better....

    So much hype, heard so many wonderful things & read interviews w/Sedaris. I did feel for him, a few lines were priceless, but I think something like Augusten Burroughs 'running with scissors' is a more effectively written book in that same 'genre.' Sorry - maybe I should try 'me talk pretty one day' - heard better things about that.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 7 review with 2 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1