- Paperback: 257 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (January 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965904830
- ISBN-13: 978-0965904834
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,907,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim Paperback – January 1, 2004
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There are some clearly funny places though. The author's account of his brother's cooking habits and dog training techniques made me laugh so hard I dropped the book - then I immediately took it to my friend's house so she could read it, but made her read it aloud instead of doing it myself because I know I wouldn't have been able to speak aloud for the last few pages due to the gasping for air.
I also found it interesting that one of his sisters lives in my town - but my neighbor tells me this is not news, she'll introduce herself to you in the local library :)
God forbid we ever have a smoking prohibition, or DS will be in Tourette hell. I believe him utterly when he says that for him, smoking is a good thing.
If you like reading about imperfect people who care about each other but can be quite ludicrous, and observations of human oddity in general, this book is for you. (As are all his other books.) I found the second half of the book to be funnier than the first half.
Dress Your Family doesn't quite have the belly laughs of Holidays, but it is comical nonetheless. One funny story is about his brother's wedding on the beach with his dogs as attendants (the flower girl was in heat). In another, he plays strip poker with his friends and makes up the rules in order to keep his clothes. Sedaris' self-deprecating humor is also amusing. The author had an unusual childhood, and while most boys were picking up footballs and hockey sticks, Sedaris was picking out wallpaper samples. But Dress Your Family is also filled with the angst of childhood, and most of us will identify with many of these stories. Some are downright heartbreaking. After dropping out of college, his father asks him to move out of the house. Only later does Sedaris learn the real reason: his father disapproves of his homosexuality.
Still, the Sedaris family has center stage here. With mom, dad, four sisters, and a very masculine brother, each one is quirkier than the next. It's hard to tell how much is Sedaris' very keen powers of observation, and how much is exaggeration. In any case, it's no wonder that when odd things happen to his sisters, they all scream at him "and I don't want to see this in one of your books!" Sedaris always promises to keep their secrets, but everyone knows they will appear sometime soon. Sedaris is an amazing writer and storyteller, and it is appropriate that he has such a rich source of material. I'm sure it will keep him going ad infinitum.
However upon finishing this I only mustered up some hearty chuckles. Success hasn't spoiled Sedaris, it's just stripped him of his anonymity. Consequently placing himself in situations where he can silently observe are becoming obsolete.Most of the stories revolve around his family; a melancholic and unflattering collection of portraits that frankly I felt depressed more than amused. There are some very funny moments, but generally the absurd wit that runs through his previous essays was replaced by a sadder, softer tone. Still, fans of his work will find at least some things to giggle over, and that's more than alot of writers can say.
A fun, quick read that can be picked up and put down at a later date, if youre able. Just alot of fun...though prudish readers may be put off at some parts.
David Sedaris is someone Id love to meet just to hear his stories about his offbeat family in person.
David Sedaris is still the intelligent person's acid humorist, but he is growing to be able to play in two keys at once. The sharp-tongued "what was she thinking??" materialist, and the thoughtful guy who understands the source of his inspiration (mainly family), and honestly gets what they were thinking after all. And get this! Admits it!
If you read The New Yorker and Esquire and some other Lit mags you may have seen much of this material before (hey, a guy's gotta eat between hardcover releases) but much is gained in the compilation. Seriously. I swear you will still suppress an evil snort at regular intervals!
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I could not get into this book and I did not find any humor in it. I thought it was very random and not the least bit exciting. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jennifer
Just bought this for a friends birthday, I feel is a must read and laugh out loud kind of book!Published 16 days ago by Opallouise
What can I say - David Sedaris is hilarious! I read stories from this book over and over, especially if I want to get in a good mood.Published 16 days ago by Capper
I loved this book. If you like a book by a talented author that can make you feel and see what he is describing - look no further! Read morePublished 27 days ago by Molly
David always makes me think. His brutal honesty is disgustingly comforting. His humor is a treat. If you're an Augusten Burroughs fan, you'll enjoy Sedaris too.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Sedaris isn't exactly funny most of the time, at least to me. Perhaps that's just my sense of humor. I find much of the material here more bittersweet and darkly satiric. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jonathan Groner