|Publisher:||Little Brown & Co|
|Publish Date:||May 2005|
|Number of Pages:||257|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.55|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.75 x 8.5 x 0.75|
|Us and Them||p. 9|
|Let It Snow||p. 22|
|The Ship Shape||p. 27|
|Full House||p. 43|
|Consider the Stars||p. 57|
|Monie Changes Everything||p. 72|
|The Change in Me||p. 94|
|Slumus Lordicus||p. 116|
|The Girl Next Door||p. 133|
|Blood Work||p. 155|
|The End of the Affair||p. 172|
|Repeat After Me||p. 176|
|Six to Eight Black Men||p. 196|
|Rooster at the Hitchin' Post||p. 206|
|Put a Lid on It||p. 233|
|A Can of Worms||p. 253|
|Chicken in the Henhouse||p. 260|
|Who's the Chef?||p. 277|
|Baby Einstein||p. 284|
|Nuit of the Living Dead||p. 302|
"My writing is just a desperate attempt to get laughs. If you get anything else out of it, it's an accident", claims author and playwright Sedaris. That may be, but one can't help but notice that this collection of essays about his childhood, his first major collection in four years, features a "kinder, gentler" Sedaris ("The End of the Affair" is an especially touching tribute to his partner Hugh). But make no mistake; Sedaris is still the master of the well-delivered scathing punch line-even if it is directed at himself.
Fans of his previous work will find that this collection contains much of the snappy (and sometimes snippy) writing that has become his trademark. He is particularly skilled at creating grossly unflattering yet affectionate portraits of family members, as when Sedaris's brother presses the rewind button during the video of his daughter's first bowel movement. With Me Talk Pretty optioned for film treatment, Sedaris's star will only continue to rise. And he will undoubtedly have something both poignant and side-splitting to say about that as well. Highly recommended.
[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/04.] - Robin Imhof, Univ. of the Pacific Lib., Stockton, CA
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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.