Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (2004, CD, Revised, Unabridged)
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|A new roundup of personal essays on CD - surprising, disarming, heartbreakingly funny - from the writer Time named America's Favorite Humorist.|
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 -- 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.
It just isn't fair: most of us would be lucky to be able to express ourselves in writing half as well as David Sedaris does in his new book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. But on top of his skills with the written word, the author also has substantial gifts as a performer, and he proves this on the audio version of the book. In his essay The Change in Me,Sedaris remembers that his mother was good at imitating people, and it's clear that he takes after her. Whether he's doing impressions of high-voiced brother Paul, or recalling times when he and his sisters tried to win good karma by speaking and acting like well-behaved, fairytale children, Sedaris's nuanced performance hits the right note on both the opening, comedic stories, and the more poignant essays that tend to come later in the reading. In fact, for those who have already read some of the best stories in other publications including The New Yorker, the CD or cassette version of this collection is probably the best bet for furthering your appreciation of the material.Sedaris's career is closely linked with two things: audio (he was discovered by NPR's Ira Glass), and the personal lives of himself and his family. In Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, he describes fights with his boyfriend, and his sister-in-law's difficult pregnancy. When sister Lisa complains about the stories involving the family, he writes about that, too. Sedaris's latest provides more evidence that he is a great humorist, memoirist and raconteur, and readers are lucky to have the opportunity to know him so well. Perhaps they are luckier still not to know him personally. --Leah Weathersby
|Edition Description||Revised, Unabridged|
|Number of Volumes||5 vols.|
|Read by||David Sedaris|
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- abtisam-booksSep 5, 2007by
Witty and funny
One of the best audio books I've heard. This isn't one long story, it is about 30 short stories, some very funny! I would definitely recommend this one for people who want to listen for about 15 minutes at a time.
- purlpeoaktreeApr 17, 2007by
Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim by David Sedari
loved the book. Some of it reminded me of of growing up and some of the funny things that happened and the things we kids did. His voice made it even more funny cause you could just feel the emotion...
- deborah8965Jul 10, 2006by
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
I am a major David Sedaris fan. His CD's are ten times funnier than the actual books because he can read the hell out of them. He has a great sense of timing, is a wicked mimic, and can replicate an accent. His rendition of his brother's southern speech and mannerisms is as funny as it gets.
It is worth buying a Sedaris CD of a book that you have already read just to hear the words in his own voice. Too much.
I spend a heck of a lot of time on the road, and have an unfortunately intense kind of job. Listening to Sedaris to and from work is a riot. I have caught other drivers look at me in alarm as I am laughing my head off, alone in the car, stuck behind an overturned semi on the NJTP.
Now, Sedaris is a bit nasty. Plenty of sexual references, references to his homosexuality, and nothing is sacred. Not the thing to play in the minifan on the way to soccer camp, unless your kid is a lot like...Sedaris.
But I love his stuff, and will not be satisfied until I own everything he's written and read on CD, and will then still want more.
Buy him. Play him. Enjoy him.Read full review