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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
By David Sedaris

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
By David Sedaris
Read by David Sedaris
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2004)
An Unabridged Audio Recording on 4 Cassettes
ISBN: 1586215019
Genre: Non-Fiction, Personal Essays

Reviewed by Herbert White - June 11, 2004

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is the title of a humorous collection of personal essays by playwright David Sedaris. This collection includes twenty-two of Sedaris' essays. All the essays in this collection are read by the author, himself, and are a mix of studio recording and live performances of his readings.

Sedaris is an excellent essayist. Listening to him read his work, you can hear how passionately he cares about his craft and the topics he chooses to write about. Sedaris has a knack for writing poignant essays, without falling back upon hackneyed sentimentalism. Although these essays focus upon Sedaris's family, it seems at times as if he has taken a step back, viewing their actions and those of his younger self through the eyes of an incredulous outsider. While not exactly retrospective in nature, these essays do come across as if Sedaris is trying to understand some of the events of his early life and that he is trying to put a positive spin on events that originally may have been more painful than he now admits to.

Although not as funny as some of his earlier works, the essays in Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim are entertaining and thought provoking. His insights into family life and, in particular, the idiosyncracies of his family, are intriguing and a bit addictive. Listening to, or reading, Sedaris' essays will undoubtably leave you wanting to hear more, and odds are you'll find yourself listening to these essays more than once, for each time you listen to them, you'll uncover new tidbits of information and nuances that you missed the first time around.


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