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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
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Sep 19, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: hilarity, memoirs-and-bios, american, audio, dysfunctional-families
Read in February, 2009

OK, so I don't believe I've ever really read a full volume of David Sedaris before. I hear him all the time on This American Life, I've thumbed through chapters here and there while killing time as a bookstore cashier, and I've read his stuff in the New Yorker, etc.

Usually he's pretty hilarious, and kind of glib, and that's great.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim was pretty wonderful. Sedaris is still hilarious and glib, but with (often uncomfortable) layers underneath about things that people are actually serious about, too -- relationships with lovers, parents, siblings, cruel & homophobic teenagers. There are some genuinely sobering and reflective moments here, which he balances beautifully with those out-loud belly laughs for which he's so well known.

Listen to the audio if you get the chance -- Sedaris is a great reader, too.

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