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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim ~ David Sedaris

September 19, 2011


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Genre: Adult Non-fiction/humor
Publisher: Back Bay Books
272pages
ISBB: 9780316010795
Source: Gift

The very first time I heard the name David Sedaris, was from one of the girls on my hall, freshman year. She said the book she was reading was incredibly funny and offered to lend it to me but I turned it down as I really don’t do pop-memoir, nonfiction types. That stigma stuck with me, along with the name, until this past week. In a super gift basket from my families at school, packed with magazines, snacks and other fun entertainment, was Sedaris’ Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

One might think that I would be disappointed, given my heretofore denouncement of said writer for absolutely no good reason. I was, however, actually really excited. Call it breaking the seal or guilty pleasure but the fact that someone else bought it for me alleviated my obligation to admitting I actually wanted to buy it.

Of course, many of you know where this is going as I am the last living person to read his stuff. I absolutely hate myself for holding out for so long. He’s funny, smart and incredibly honest. As his book winds through his life from less than movie perfect scenes out of his childhood to completely Hollywood level of scandal in his adult life, hilarity peeks around every corner.

Sedaris leaves no one and nothing out of mockery, least of all himself. He makes fun of his inability to leave his family alone in his writing, analyzes his sexual orientation, as well as that of others and just generally pokes fun at the world in a sardonic, wry, excellent manner.

I still, for the life of me, can not understand why it’s taken me ten whole years, almost to the hour, to get my hands on this and my head around it. Don’t do as I have done. If you haven’t read Sedaris, do so now or regret it later.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Veens permalink
    September 19, 2011 5:25 am

    I am one of the many who thought these kind of books are not for me and now with your review I am having second thoughts. I will definitely try and get my hands on these books one of these days :) Thanks for the honest review :)

  2. September 19, 2011 8:11 am

    The audio version of this one was hysterical.

  3. jpetroroy permalink
    September 19, 2011 12:17 pm

    Try Me Talk Pretty One Day. Even better :)

  4. September 19, 2011 11:03 pm

    I love David Sedaris but haven’t read this book yet.

  5. September 21, 2011 7:39 pm

    Ok, now you’ve really made me feel bad because I haven’t read anything by Sedaris! I know he is supposed to be hella funny and yet, like you, I tend not to read the comedic memoir/essay type books (I also haven’t read Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants despite all the love it gets)… I feel like I’m missing out here!

  6. September 21, 2011 10:09 pm

    And this isn’t even his best book!! (I personally loved Me Talk Pretty One Day.) And everyone says that the way to listen to him is on audio. I’ve never done that but I’ve heard it repeated over and over. Yay for finally breaking down and reading Sedaris! He’s fantastic!

  7. September 24, 2011 1:50 pm

    I love Sedaris. He’s so funny. Me Talk Pretty One Day is my favorite.

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