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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (114,448 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Sedaris Narrator: David Sedaris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781594831584
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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, it’s 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.

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  • “Do yourself a favor and rush out to read the damn book for yourself. Its already shaping up to be a summer starved for good laughs and, familiar though they may seem, you’ll find few better than the ones on offer in Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.”

    Washington Post 

  • “Like his earlier performances, the essays are sardonic, funny and wry, but at the same time there is a new strain of introspection that makes for a book with more emotional resonance, a more complex aftertaste. The embarrassments of adolescence, the difficulties of connecting, the sense of being a perpetual outsider—these perennial themes of the author are not simply played for self-deprecating laughs in this volume, but are made to yield a more Chekhovian brand of comedy.”

    New York Times

  • “Sedaris, humorist and author of the bestselling Me Talk Pretty One Day, once again exhibits his knack for spinning unsettling experiences into pure comic gold.”

    USA Today

  • “In his latest collection, Sedaris has found his heart. This is not to suggest that the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and other bestselling books has lost his edge. The twenty-seven essays here include his best and funniest writing yet. Here is Sedaris’s family in all its odd glory…His mother emerges as one of the most poignant and original female characters in contemporary literature. She balances bitter and sweet, tart and rich—and so does Sedaris, because this is what life is like. ‘You should look at yourself,’ his mother says in one piece, as young Sedaris crams Halloween candy into his mouth rather than share it. He does what she says and then some, and what emerges is the deepest kind of humor, the human comedy.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Sedaris has a knack for turning heartbreaking antics into moments of outrageous humor…It’s a hallmark of true comedic wit when stories can be heard more than once and still generate laughter. Highly recommended for all audio collections.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Sedaris’ piquant essays are as meticulously honed and precisely timed as the best stand-up comic routines, which is, of course, what they are. A National Public Radio star, the author of five bestsellers, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, and a hall-filling performer, Sedaris—openly gay, nervy as a tightrope walker, sharply hilarious, teasingly misanthropic yet genuinely compassionate—has a unique ability to supply exactly the right details to bring every funny, awkward, ludicrous, painful, horrible real-life moment into harrowingly crisp focus…he is mesmerizing, and his ability to make the reader gasp, laugh out loud, or grow teary is undiminished. At the same time, there’s an increased edginess to his work, reminding readers that beneath the brio, Sedaris, gifted connoisseur of the absurd, is deadly serious.”

    Booklist

  • “A must read for Sedaris fans; for novices, the best introduction to one of the nation’s funniest writers.”

    Bookmarks

  • “Known for his self-deprecating wit and the harmlessly eccentric antics of his family, Sedaris can also pinch until it hurts in this collection of autobiographical vignettes. Once again we are treated to the authors gift for deadpan humor, especially when poking fun at his family and neighbors…Sedaris’ sense of life’s absurdity is on full, fine display, as is his emotional body armor. Fortunately, he has plenty of both.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A touching reminder of how odd, funny, and unique our lives really are.”

    School Library Journal

  • “David Sedaris’ latest collection of essays is his most intimate, made even more so by his keen delivery. They reflect a writing maturity: His insecurities and compulsions are more apparent than ever, which just makes the stories of awkward childhood, awkward adolescence, and awkward adulthood that much more eminently relatable. Which is not to say that you won't be laughing out loud…One of Sedaris’ gifts is that he can be hilarious and heartrending (but never maudlin) in the same sentence…No less funny on second listening. Sedaris’ essays are written to be heard, so listen up--he just keeps getting better.”

    AudioFile

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2004 Time Magazine Top 10 Book
  • A 2005 Audie Award Finalist for Humor
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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindseysabo | 2/15/2014

    " I actually listened to this on cd- and it was FAB. Had me laughing tears. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva-lynn | 2/12/2014

    " Honestly, I only managed to get half way through this before I gave up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jojanneke van den Bosch | 2/10/2014

    " Heur-lijk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 2/2/2014

    " Some funny anecdotes but not really for me. Too unstructured and concerns topics I am not interested in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ | 1/31/2014

    " It started off so funny I had to read under the covers so my husband wouldn't be disturbed by my laughter. Sadly, I didn't find the rest of the book as engaging although there was still humor to be found. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 1/31/2014

    " This was funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shea | 1/28/2014

    " I think this is probably my favorite Sedaris books I've read so far. At first I was worried I would have read some of the stories already (since I've already read Holidays on Ice: Featuring Six New Stories and Me Talk Pretty One Day) but there was only one story I had already read, and I didn't really remember it all that well anyway. I think the reason I liked this one more was that now I feel like I have a sense of David and his family so I enjoy the stories better because I have that background. And, I liked that this one was mostly stories that took place here in America (in Me Talk Pretty One Day I got bored when he was in his Paris phase). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 daisybakker | 1/26/2014

    " supergrappig! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Acumen79 | 1/20/2014

    " It was crazy and funny as his books usually are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Langston | 1/16/2014

    " Read with caution. It's freaking hilarious, but it was sometimes too crude for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Trowell | 1/13/2014

    " Great! Just like all of his books!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekkila | 12/31/2013

    " I listened to this on cd. I expected this to be funnier than what it was. It did get better when the cd went live on the fourth disc. The part about Santa Claus in Denmark was funny and I was driving to the store laughing like a fool and of course hitting all the red lights. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darrin Holst | 12/29/2013

    " This book was funny in a few spots, but overall it was sad and depressing. I finally had to stop listening when the house cleaning and gay porn story started. It could have gotten better after that, but I doubt it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaitlin Mooney | 12/21/2013

    " Fell flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/27/2013

    " Too too funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 10/3/2013

    " Entertaining and at times laugh out loud funny. But despite being a quick read, still manages to feel a couple of chapters too long because the same jokes and themes come up again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail Clark | 8/23/2013

    " Sedaris has a way of exposing the reality of his family. He doesn't airbrush his parents or siblings; instead he tells it as it is. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is a great collection of familial short stories that everyone can relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri Radford | 6/18/2013

    " Another hilarious book by David Sedaris. "Six to Eight Black Men" is probably my favourite Christmas story ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bev | 5/21/2013

    " I generally prefer Sedaris on audiobook since it's his timing and verbal inflection that can often get me past some of the ...more bizarre content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree Frescki | 4/1/2013

    " I always enjoy a Sedaris book.. This was a perfect read while a waited in various airports on my way to Chicago... Easy to read and he always makes me laugh! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Foss | 2/5/2013

    " One of Sedaris's best. It offers a look into the author's hilarious and slightly off childhood without becoming too raw or at all boring. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stevie | 1/28/2013

    " oh my gosh ------ he makes me soooooo happy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Abson | 2/22/2012

    " I loved this book - it's an unusual and honest account of family life that had me laughing lots and crying occassionaly. David Sedaris is the sort of guy I'd love to meet in the pub - he tells a great tale. Read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandey | 2/20/2012

    " Anything by David Sedaris is absolutely fabulous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Schultz | 1/6/2012

    " Very funny. Classic Sedaris, with more focus on his family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth B | 1/1/2012

    " Enjoyed the book and found it funny and entertaining. I would have to read more of David Sidaris and be more familiar with his style to rate it higher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Phillips | 9/3/2011

    " Awesome. Hilarious. All about brother, Paul. A lot of swearing is required.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ingrid | 9/2/2011

    " I'm glad that Sedaris is not my brother. Not my kind of humor and I disliked the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arica Schuett | 8/22/2011

    " Not as good as the Santaland Diaries (which is often reviewed as his best) but still very funny. Especially the first half that is dedicated to his childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesia Williams | 6/6/2011

    " An extremely funny fellow! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beccah | 5/30/2011

    " I liked it well enough. It was engaging and it wasn't exceptionally difficult to finish. Lots of casual racism though (and not just the obvious instances you probably noticed). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amynameswilson | 5/23/2011

    " The chapter about the halloween candy made me laugh so hard...
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Honeybee | 5/23/2011

    " David Sedaris was recommended to me eons ago by a former coworker and my only regret is that I didn't read this sooner! Listened to this on audio, read by the author himself and, gotta say, freakin' hilarious, yet, at times, also sentimental and sweet, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 5/20/2011

    " my first David Sedaris book - so it is my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 5/18/2011

    " Not as funny as Me Talk Pretty but some good stories in here "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 5/17/2011

    " You know that elementary rule if the decimal is .5 or more, round up? I would give this 3.5, but I can't. I like David Sedaris, but this wasn't my favorite collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Balente1978 | 5/16/2011

    " Il mio primo Sedaris.
    Ricordo ancora il periodo che stavo vivendo durante questa lettura, la compagnia e le risate (molte a denti stretti) che mi ha regalato.

    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 5/12/2011

    " Funny! I love David Sedaris and his comical life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 5/2/2011

    " My favorite Sedaris book. Laugh out loud funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 5/1/2011

    " Always good for a laugh and a pause for consideration "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Laura | 4/26/2011

    " These stories are flawless in pace a tone. Read by the author, a pleasure to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/25/2011

    " I was worried to be disappointed if this book was not as funny as Me Talk Pretty One Day, but it was just as entertaining. David Sedaris is so clever and actually makes me laugh out loud while reading his witty observations. I'm planning on reading Naked next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 4/24/2011

    " Great satire, but not as good as "Me Talk Pretty Some Day". I love David Sedaris! "

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About the Author
Author David Sedaris

David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively through Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in England.