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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  162,920 ratings  ·  5,047 reviews
David Sedaris returns to his deliriously twisted domain: hilarious childhood dramas infused with melancholy; the gulf of misunderstanding that exists between people of different nations or members of the same family; and the poignant divide between one's best hopes and most common deeds. The family characters his readers love are all here, as well as the unique terrain the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Little Brown & Co.
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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 life experiences. I laugh my ass off at the botto
this is a book by david sedaris.

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 write a story about this incident, but we are all
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, but I saw the audio version, read by Sedaris himse
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 accumulated goodwill from his earlier books, I don't beg
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 most impossibly awkward and painful situations. Every t ...more
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 the rest of it. There. I'm admitting I didn't read t ...more

Il 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 simili, probabilmente me ne uscirei con una faccetta sor
Jennifer Good
Aug 28, 2007 Jennifer Good rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone needing a laugh
oh so hilarious...

"What the hell are you doing?" she whispered, but my mouth was too full to 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 pried them from my hands, accidentally finishing the
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.
So, I got about 7% into the book Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim before just not being able to listen to it anymore. It, quite literally, was making me sick to listen to it. The main characters are shallow, "broken," and... well, the stuff of sitcom characters. They're (to me) sick, but "normal" which was making my head explode. I suppose, in a way, you could say that the book was "dark humor," which is pretty hit or miss to me.

The family really could have been spawned for Married With C
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. Different events occur in this book that tell yo ...more
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 winning combination, Sedaris's unencumbered writing cre
Aric Cushing
FUNNY, FUNNY, FUNNY. A completely fast, satisfying read about David Sedaris's odd family, Amy Sedaris, his brother who has a shit-eating Great Dane, and the drowning of a mouse on the serial-killer, zombie infested (possibly?) French countryside.
Jeanette (jema)
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.
May 16, 2008 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like to laugh, people who think they're funny but really aren't
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.)
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.
Dice Sedaris in un’intervista: "Molti grandi romanzi americ
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 eclectic taste in humor (Woody Allen, Wodehouse, A ...more
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 chance because of his father's fickleness with money
Mar 11, 2008 kimberly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a dysfunctional family.
Recommended to kimberly by: rachael estrada
Shelves: own, memoir, 2008
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 with my judge regarding sexually battery and moles ...more
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 on my ipod, thinking that little vignette stories
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 kind of hard for me to review a short story collectio
Apr 29, 2011 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Janina Majeran
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 with his siblings. Not all, though - and those tha
Sep 02, 2008 Charissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who need a good laugh
Recommended to Charissa by: My best friend
Shelves: crack, non-fic
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.
John Bruni
Another great collection of essays from David Sedaris. I really admire his ability to take absolutely reprehensible traits of himself and his family and present them as incredibly funny. His real talent is taking these traits and portraying them in particular events, somehow turning them into a mirror to reflect society back to itself. Even though we would never want to admit it, we also share some of these traits. One stood out for me: when he describes seeing a movie with his partner in "The E ...more
Daniel Parsons
Dec 07, 2009 Daniel Parsons rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Augusten Burroughs fans
Shelves: glbt
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 particular Sedaris' explaining of his OCD tallied s ...more
The only thing more entertaining than reading one of David Sedaris's (sp;i've always had a hard time with the possessive apostrophe on 's' ending words)books is listening to one. I'm so picky about books on tape/cd/mp3/whatever. But Sedaris is great.
After the whole James Frey controversy I was doing some 'googling' and found some articles where folks were questioning Sedaris's authenticity too. This was sort of reassuring to me because I'm so jealous of his work. Not only is Sedaris full of awes

This seems to be the book that people most point to when highlighting Sedaris' talent. Like his earlier works, it is a collection of essays (27 this time) with some of them having been previously presented in various publication.

As you have probably guessed from the title, this collection focuses primarily on the various members of his families. Funny tales include examinations of his brother's wedding and sharing the experience of his brother's first child being born. His mother is truly a gem,
In preparation for writing this review, I read back over my review of Naked. I do this a lot: read things I've written. I joke with my spouse that my blog is my favorite blog. Everything in it is relevant to my life, and I relate to the author so well. It's a joke, but it's true.

So I guess I shouldn't be surprised that I found myself nodding in agreement as I read through my review of Naked. I thought about just copying and pasting that review here, with a few modifications, but that seemed like
Jun 10, 2009 Jackie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jackie by: numerous coworkers and my niece
I don't ususally do audio books--I generally don't have the attention span to "just" listen to a story. But this week David's been keeping me company while I sort through years worth of former treasures and wishful thinking preparing for an upcoming move this spring. There was something poetic about him telling me about his past while I was sorting through mine. I definitely prefer the live recordings to the somewhat sterile "read by author" stuff, but Sedaris is funny no matter what. He kept me ...more
amy shup
Very rarely does a book make me laugh until I cry. This book is hilarious and it had me in stitches, and then crying again, while trying to reread parts to my sister, who also cried with laughter at the prose.

I personally love a good book of short stories, potentially more than a good novel (depending on my mood). It's so hard to find a writer who can execute great short stories and David Sedaris does it brilliantly. I'm hooked and ready for another of his works.

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