Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

by David Sedaris
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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759511217
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 50,363
File size: 1 MB

About the Author


London, England

Date of Birth:

December 26, 1956

Place of Birth:

Johnson City, New York


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

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 225 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.
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Is this an erotic novel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Sedaris fan and have read several of his books. This one I had high hopes for but never really got into it like his other books. The book is still worth reading but I feel that it doesn't come close to Me Talk Pretty.
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lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
This is a story of the quirky family David Sedaris grew up with and how it made him the person he is today. He has a crazy family that is described with some very interesting and fun stories. I did find some of the stories to be frustrating to the point where I wanted to shake him and some of his family/friends. The things they would say. The numbness are easy to relate to and inevitably you will relate to at least one of the stories in this book. I've heard this isn't one of the better books by David Sedaris. I cannot compare since is the fist book of his I've read, but I do plan on giving some of his other books a chance since I've heard great things about them. I'd love to read what your opinion is on David Sedaris and what books you might recommend after reading Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. The final rating for this book is a 3/5.
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This is possibly one of the best Sedaris' books! Keeps you laughing the whole way through.
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I have just finished Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. This was a very entertaining novel. Each story changes the genre previous, for example one story may be humorous while the next sad/upsetting. Sedaris did a great job leaving me wanting to find out what happens next in the story or if I didn't finish the story yet, what will happen. The strange part of the book is when you think if this has actually happend to him. It seems like some stories are a little outrageous to be true but at the same time Sedaris wrote it in such a way that makes it seem believable.
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I literally fell out of my chair laughing reading this book. Sedaris perfectly portays the endearing dysfunctions of 1970s/1980s American families. This book is not for the easily offended but it is SO FUNNY!
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