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Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim

Format:  Paperback,

257 pages

Edition: Back Bay Pbk

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publish Date: May 2005

ISBN-13: 9780316010795

ISBN-10: 0316010790

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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.

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Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publish Date: May 2005
ISBN-13: 9780316010795
ISBN-10: 0316010790
Format: Paperback
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
Walmart No.: 316010790

Chapter outline

Us and Themp. 9
Let It Snowp. 22
The Ship Shapep. 27
Full Housep. 43
Consider the Starsp. 57
Monie Changes Everythingp. 72
The Change in Mep. 94
Hejirap. 112
Slumus Lordicusp. 116
The Girl Next Doorp. 133
Blood Workp. 155
The End of the Affairp. 172
Repeat After Mep. 176
Six to Eight Black Menp. 196
Rooster at the Hitchin' Postp. 206
Possessionp. 224
Put a Lid on Itp. 233
A Can of Wormsp. 253
Chicken in the Henhousep. 260
Who's the Chef?p. 277
Baby Einsteinp. 284
Nuit of the Living Deadp. 302

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2004-06-15)

"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

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2004 (United States)
  • Stonewall Book Awards, 2005 (United States)
  • Lambda Literary Awards, 2005 (United States)

Book description

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.

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