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 his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. ...


Details Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

TitleDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
ISBN9780965904834
Author
Release DateSep 20th, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown & Co.
LanguageEnglish
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Short Stories
Rating

Reviews Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

  • Jason Koivu
    2008-11-22
    The Sedaris family is certifiably crazy and I love them. 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 David Sedaris is a humorist and then they encounter some the more depressing details of his real life e...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2017-11-16
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/I think by this point it’s pretty much common knowledge that I love David Sedaris like a fat kid I love cake and, well . . . . . Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim might be my favorite collection yet. I could seriously kick myself for not only not trying audiobooks before this Fall, but also for not thinking of collections like these as something that would fit into my short com...
  • karen
    2010-04-27
    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...
  • Fabian
    2009-08-12
    Okay so the Chip Kidd covers usually ruins authors like this for me. These covers almost ooze a Wes Anderson-type Americana... I'll 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 ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2018-09-12
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/I think I may have broken free of the endless Sedaris loop which I have had playing in my car, but I’m sure I’ll return to it eventually. If for no other reason than to hear about . . . . . I will tell you, audio is the ONLY way to go when it comes to stories about the youngest Sedaris – be it David or Amy’s impersonation, you’ll be hard-pressed not to look like a hysterical m...
  • Michelle
    2009-06-06
    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...
  • David
    2007-07-08
    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...
  • Malia
    2019-06-21
    This was my first book by David Sedaris and though there were some stories that spoke to me more than others, all in all, I enjoyed it and would read more by the author. Yes, he came across as kind of cranky and irritating at times, but I think that is probably part of his charm. He doesn't seem to put up a facade, which makes for entertaining reading. I very rarely read collections of anecdotes like this, because I already know a number will sta...
  • Calista
    2015-11-10
    I read this again which was a happy accident. I didn't think I had. I have heard several of these stories in other works, so David does recycle a story here or there. This was a wonderful laugh and tension drainer for me. I really enjoyed some of these stories. I have to say that I think my favorite stories of his are when David uses his brother Paul. That man is crazy and so funny. He just had me laughing. He has a way of finding the funny in th...
  • Sarah
    2007-07-24
    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...
  • Jessaka
    2019-03-15
    Books to Sleep ByI wonder if you have to be weird to like Sedaris’ books, or maybe even weirder to use them to get to sleep at night like I do? I have listened to his books many times over, that is, what I remember of them, as I am lying in bed trying to not think so I can sleep. What is it with old people and insomnia? At least I am not alone. But that is not comforting. Maybe it is that old people think too much because they have a lot in the...
  • Lisa
    2019-04-25
    David Sedaris makes me happy. This is my second (after Calypso) and I am thrilled about his lengthy backlist. There were many laugh out loud moments here and also some poignant ones.
  • Ginger
    2018-04-05
    Another good collection of short stories by David Sedaris!3.5 stars! I decided to do the audiobook for Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim and I’m glad I did. At times, his voice bugged me a bit. It was more indifferent then I liked, and I know he was going for deadpan. But at the same time, David Sedaris is cynical, funny and does the best job of explaining his crazy family and all his neurotic thoughts. Boy does he have a lot of neurotic ...
  • Jennifer Good
    2007-08-28
    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...
  • Adam
    2007-10-01
    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...
  • Dana
    2017-12-13
    Just as reliably entertaining as his previous books!
  • Thomas
    2019-02-26
    This is the first time I ever read anything by David Sedaris. It had its moments, but I was expecting it to be more laugh-out-loud funny. At times it was clever and occasionally amusing but mostly it was kind of depressing. At least when you're reading a book about some horrible crime you know you're dealing with the extremes of human behavior, but these stories reminded me of just how common pettiness, stupidity and flat out meanness are. If thi...
  • britt_brooke
    2017-10-05
    "I might reinvent myself to strangers, but to this day, as far as my family is concerned, I’m still the one most likely to set your house on fire."Rereading David Sedaris (nonfiction) via audio has been so fun! I loved his books before, but he's now solidified a spot among my favorite authors. He is such an amazing story teller. His last lines are always perfect.
  • Whitney
    2013-03-06
    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.
  • Lucy
    2008-08-26
    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...
  • Pixelina
    2012-05-11
    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.
  • Matthew
    2015-05-02
    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.
  • Caroline
    2017-01-04
    ***NO SPOILERS***(Full disclosure: book abandoned at page 211 [out of 257 pages].)I’d had this book on my to-read list for too long and finally decided to read it after Sedaris made me laugh in the documentary “Do I Sound Gay?” As of this writing, this book has an impressive average rating of 4.08 here on Goodreads, so I had high expectations; unfortunately, I can’t join the David Sedaris fan club. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim ...
  • J.K. Grice
    2017-10-05
    I actually listened to the audio book version of this, and I found myself laughing my head off to Sedaris's stories. Now, I don't usually laugh out loud very easily, but this guy is absolutely HILARIOUS. When Sedaris voiced his down south family story, I just about drove my truck off the road I was laughing so hard. Also, if you've never heard his narration of the Christmas season where he worked as a Macy's elf....amazing. My wife (who had never...
  • Amelia Strydom
    2019-07-24
    This was my first Sedaris book. I read until past midnight and laughed so hard that my dogs crept to the edges of the bed, from where they are still shooting me the occasional worried look. I'm seriously considering buying the audiobook version as well, especially since it is read by the author.
  • Miranda Reads
    2018-03-01
    David Sedaris being David Sedaris. I would hate to be in his family. Every bit of dirty laundry ends up in a book!Review to come.Audiobook CommentsRead by the author! Woohoo!Blog | Instagram | Twitter
  • E.
    2017-10-13
    highly entertaining!!Edit: 5 Nov 18Reread Still like it
  • Michael Kneeland
    2008-07-04
    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...
  • Kelly
    2007-12-07
    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...