Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

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 this collection of essays, Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive...

Details Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

TitleDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Release DateJan 1st, 2004
PublisherLittle Brown & Co.
Number of pages272 pages
GenreAutobiography, Essays, Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction, Short Stories, Writing

Reviews Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

  • Girl with her Head in a Book
    Review originally published here: http://girlwithherheadinabook.co.uk/2...After the Gothic melodrama of #BroodingabouttheBrontës, it was with a deep sigh of contentment that I settled down to read a David Sedaris book. Billed by several critics as David Sedaris’ best book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim has the feel of a real comfort read for me as more than a few of the chapters are familiar from BBC Radio 4’s Meet David Sedaris. I...
  • Stella
    Τα βιβλία του Sedaris μου φτιάχνουν τη διάθεση!
  • Lily
    Not my cup of tea, at least not as an audiobook. I'm surprised, because Me Talk Pretty One Day was one of the funniest books I've read. (I sometimes still cheer myself up with the thought of what happens when you try to learn French from tabloid headlines.) In the ~40% of Dress Your Family that I read, I don't think I got past an obligatory chuckle. It might have something to do with the narration, which is performed by Sedaris himself. There's d...
  • Matthew
    Sometimes cynical, sometimes neurotic, always entertaining. These stories are great for a few laughs and just might make you think.Often Sedaris says what we are thinking, but too afraid to say out loud.
  • Sandra
    Sedaris non fa per me. Mi aspettavo storie esilaranti, non le ho trovate. Mi aspettavo almeno episodi divertenti, ma ho riso poco o niente. Sono raccolti in questo libro episodi dell’adolescenza dello scrittore ed altri dell’età adulta, incentrati soprattutto sui rapporti familiari con il padre, la madre e gli strampalati fratelli; storie che alla fine hanno una morale sottesa, ma che non hanno suscitato in me il benché minimo interesse.Dic...
  • Amanda
    Davis Sedaris is one of those essayists that engenders either devotion or extreme dislike, much like Marmite. (by the way, producers of Marmite, please bring your rice-cake snacks to South Africa so I don't have to search for the expensive imported ones. Thank you).Personally, I'm not sure I understand their criticisms, since everything they dislike about Sedaris are shortcomings he is brutally honest about. Nobody is a greater target for his bar...
  • Christopher Bunn
    I couldn't finish this book. I think I read about a third of it and then got fed up. Sedaris is a good writer, don't get me wrong. In fact, he's a very good writer. However, Corduroy and Denim is just a series of narcissistic vignettes. I don't enjoy that sort of thing. Keep your therapy private. I would've kept on reading if Sedaris was funny, but he isn't, despite his reputation for humor. How on earth is he supposed to be funny? I have fairly ...
  • Whitney
    I didn't like this book. I got the audio book to listen to on one of my drives. I couldn't finish it. I heard good things about it...that it was hilarious and that David Sedaris is great...but I just couldn't get into it. I think I forced a laugh out once just to remember what it felt like to laugh. It didn't feel right so I stopped.
  • Pixelina
    The last episode 'Nuit of the living dead' had me break down in tears from laughing so hard. A lot of the other chapters are funny, but I read it before in other Sedaris books. I just need to think 'Oh I see you have a little swimming mouse' to start laughing like mad though. Someone told me I should try and get one of his books on audio cause it is even funnier hearing him reading it. Will try that for sure.
  • Anastasia
    3.5/5Il punto della questione: Sedaris è davvero utile alla letteratura contemporanea?Okay, è come chiedersi se Scary Movie sia utile al cinema contemporaneo. No, non è utile, però si presuppone che abbia l'unico scopo di divertirti. Però davvero, se ad esempio io lo incrociasse per strada, non è che perderei come minimo un battito urlando "Oddio, David! Oddio! Ora che ti ho rincontrato la mia vita ha di nuovo un senso!" e altre fangirlate ...
  • Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
    I FINISHED THIS. YAY. It took me like two months for some reason ... Pathetic, I know. It's not even that long. Seriously, I've been awful at reading/reviewing for the past few months. Ugh. But tonight I sat down and I was like, "BITCH, YOU'RE GOING TO FINISH THIS BOOK IN THE NEXT HOUR." So, I did. I'm just going to make a habit of doing such things to myself, or else I'll just keep forgetting to read and feeling guilty about it. Anyway, it's kin...
  • Kate
    My friend Janina is a big David Sedaris fan, and she got us tickets to see him in October, so I figured I need to read more than one book of his (I've only read Me Talk Pretty One Day). She recommended that I listen to his books, and said Dress Your Family... was one of his best. She even gave me a preview of "Rooster at the Hitchin' Post".Many of the stories in this collection were about David's years growing up or about his adult relationships ...
  • Becky
    3.5 stars A few years ago, for Christmas, I bought my mother a copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day. I'd never read David Sedaris, hell, I didn't know how to pronounce his name (seh-darr-is? seh-dair-is? sed-uh-ris?)... Well, obviously, I still don't. But, I picked it up and read one of the stories and laughed, and I thought my mom would like it, and so I got it for her. I have no idea if she read it. So, on a whim, I downloaded this one, and stuck it ...
  • karen
    this is a book by david sedaris.shrug.i mean, what else am i supposed to say? it's not like he went out on a limb here and wrote a space opera or a bodice ripper. it's david sedaris. if you like him, you will probably like this one. if you don't, you probably won't.this is not my favorite of his collections, but i laughed out loud three times, which i think is pretty good. i like laughter.**one time, connor made david sedaris laugh. he has yet to...
  • Daniel Parsons
    I enjoyed this collection of stories from Sedaris even more than his earlier Me Talk Pretty One Day. Reading this on public transport was probably not a good idea, however, particularly in the social-starved London capital where I live, as many times reading I burst out laughing loudly, and then sniggered uncontrollably when I tried to keep the volume down. Many of the stories are not only extremely funny but also personally very relatable - in p...
  • Fabian
    Okay so the Chip Kidd covers usually ruins authors like this for me. The covers almost ooze Wes Andersonian Americana... I will let prejudices slip past.So this writer has a following and it is understandable. This guy CAN WRITE. And topping that: he can write short stories. I am very ambivalent about short vignettes or even the lofty novella: why don't writers just extend the s**t out of whatever story they are writing to fit the perimeters of t...
  • Michelle
    I thought I was over David Sedaris. I don't mean that I don't like him. I do. His essays are funny, but after a while they all seem to run together. He mines the same territory again and again -- stories of growing up with his dysfunctional, quirky, yet lovable family. Stories of himself as the odd and awkward kid growing up and trying to figure out how to live in this world.I wasn’t going to buy Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim in print...
  • Jason Koivu
    The Sedarises are crazy-ass muthafuckers! Loco gringos, hombre, loco. Out of everything he's produced (I've read all of his major work and only missed a few short pieces) this is my favorite David Sedaris book. Yet, I don't recommend it......not always, not to everyone. The subject matter can be too much for some people, especially if they've been told that Sedaris is a humorist and then they encounter some the more depressing details of his real...
  • Lucy
    What if you could write about whatever you wanted? What if no topics were off limits, no person's feelings or privacy taken into consideration, no personal flaws purposely left unmentioned in order to be protected from ridicule?You would probably write exactly like David Sedaris.To actually write like David Sedaris, however, you'd also have to be intelligent, impeccably attentive to details and most importantly - uncommonly funny. With that winni...
  • Charissa
    David Sedaris walks all the way to the edge and dances on it. Defying gravity. I haven't yet read all his work, but my respect for him deepens with each essay. Another hit out of the park for "Uncle Faggot". God I just love him.
  • Michael Kneeland
    Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim delves further into the fascinating, hilarious, and otherwise utterly bizarre life of David Sedaris and his family. This collection of his essays is quite good--among my favorites of his--because throughout most of it, he manages to find a moving balance between the tragic and the comic. Take, for instance, "The Ship Shape," about how his family almost bought a summer home, but ultimately lost out on the ch...
  • Jon
    A collection of writings by David Sedaris.Quite possibly the funniest book I've ever read.(There's a little language and stuff, so I don't recommend reading it out loud to the kids. But I guarantee you will laugh out loud to anyone sitting near you. Which means don't read it on a crowded airplane.)
  • kimberly
    I don't think I can even list all my favorite moments of this book - but two stand out the most, merely because of timing. one, his description of his brother's baby. i had the same reaction at the hospital on friday while meeting Grace Trinity Faith Jones (i don't think even that many religious names will save this child). two, his description of the need to touch people, not inappropriately but unwelcome, relates to a long drawn out discussion ...
  • Kelly
    Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is a hilarious book about David Sedaris's life and family. It starts off when he was a young boy and he has to give up his Halloween candy to the neighbors. He then stuffed as much candy in his face as possible so he wouldn't have to share it. I knew right after this chapter that I was going to like this book. As you read further in the book you learn all about his family like his brother, Paul, the rooster...
  • Adam
    Honestly, I tried to like this book. Maybe it's one of those that, at page 100, kicks everything glorious into overdrive, making you gleeful and giddy and full of delight at reading it. Maybe I should have read further and waited longer. But, you see, I only really started to read this because it seemed hip at the time to do so. I'm not too sure that I care enough about maintaining some form of imagined quasi-hipness to make myself sit through th...
  • Jennifer Good
    oh so hilarious... "What the hell are you doing?" she whispered, but my mouth was too full to answer...as she closed the door and behind her and moved toward my bed, I began breaking the wax lips and candy necklaces pulled from pile no. 2. These were the second-best things I had received, and while it hurt to destroy them, it would have hurt evern more to give them away. I had just started to mutilate a miniature box of Red Hots when my mother pr...
  • Sarah
    This book makes me laugh myself sick every time I read it. Blood Work and La Nuit of the Dead are put together so perfectly. Sedaris creates a series of misguided attempts at human connection that seem doomed to fail through selfishness or insecurity, but somehow don’t. Sedaris is so good at exposing the frailty of those emotional connections without ever doubting that they can still sustain our relationships. He makes me relate to even the mos...
  • David
    So. David Sedaris. Well, let's be clear. Nobody with a funnybone can hate David Sedaris. And neither do I. But it has to be said - that last book ("Dress your family in corduroy and denim") was quite a disappointment. Judging by the number of people showing up for his readings here in San Francisco, and its lengthy sojourn on The New York Times bestseller list, it obviously did pretty well commercially. And, based on the enormous amount of accumu...