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 Davidsedarisbooks This book makes me laugh myself sick every time I read it Blood Work and La Nuit of the Dead are put together so perfectly Sedaris creates a series of misguided attempts at human connection that seem doomed to fail through selfishness or insecurity, but somehow don t Sedaris is so good at exposing the frailty of those emotional connections without ever doubting that they can still sustain our relationships He makes me relate to even the most impossibly awkward and painful situations Every time I read it I think, That s so ME And then realize that I m not a gay man living in rural France, fearing zombies and drowning a mouse in a bucket at midnight And yet somehow I can still not only relate to the situation, but feel the familiarity of it The parts about his brother make me miss my brother horribly Sedaris is so great at showing that most of our love for each other doesn t lie in our similarities, but in the strength of our shared history and our sheer will to maintain the relationship This can seem either damaged and pathetic or comforting and hopeful I m going with the latter. The Sedaris family is certifiably crazy and I love them Out of everything he s produced I ve read all of his major work and only missed a few short pieces this is my favorite David Sedaris book Yet, I don t recommend itnot always, not to everyone The subject matter can be too much for some people, especially if they ve been told that David Sedaris is a humorist and then they encounter some the depressing details of his real life experiences I laugh my ass off at the bottom feeder personalities and occasional bargain basement morals herein, but some people will wring their hands and cry, Oh how awful Get over it and enjoy the ride, is my approach The ride includes experiences of being gay and coming out horrible and hilarious , portraits of various family members that bring the people as vividly alive as any long running sitcom is capable, and living on his own for the first time, which includes apartment living in general and specifically the trials of low income housing.Sedaris is a master at autobiographical essays These short form pieces about his life read like carnival folklore, so seemingly unreal at times it feels surreal Some of his other books are not quite so warts and all If you try Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim on for size, realize it may not suit you Perhaps try on another first and ease your way into this strange fashion.Audiobook Note Listening to Sedaris read the audiobook is a must He wrote the stories, hell, he lived the stories, so he knows how they re to be read I ve listened to him enough now that I can not only read his work in his voice, but also accurately guess at the necessary inflection in new material Yeah, it s a gift Find all of my reviews at think by this point it s pretty much common knowledge that I love David Sedaris like a fat kid I love cake and, well Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim might be my favorite collection yet I could seriously kick myself for not only not trying audiobooks before this Fall, but also for not thinking of collections like these as something that would fit into my short commute time perfectly We re talking true Even while in a stupid ass Fiat rather than a Volkswagen since mine decided to die like a whore on the corner a few months back And when work got like WAAAAAAY too worky the other day and I was afraid I was going to full out pull a Milton Or a Leslie Knope I opted to schedule a mental health vacay day instead and went home to immerse myself in my favorite type of therapy this time of year decorating Christmas trees with an added bonus of listening to the soothing sounds of David s dysfunction this go round Dress Your Family was a great blend of stories of the Sedaris children and parents words cannot express how much I adore Sharon, their mother , the Sedaris children as adults, David and Hugh and everything in between Thanks to the combo of some sort of sinus condition basement dust I lugged upstairs along with the decorations, I laughed until I was overtaken by an emphysema ish coughing fit wheeze that may or may not have concluded with me urinating a bit on myself and if THAT isn t an endorsement, I don t know what is I ve put a hold on every other available Sedaris audio in order to get myself through the end of the year without hopefully causing bodily harm to anyone at work Now I just have to deal with a cat who is terrified of Santa s impending visit after hearing the story of 6 to 8 Black Men No it isn t Read the story Anyway, I keep telling him we don t live in Amsterdam so he doesn t have anything to worry about, but I think it s pretty obvious by the look on his face that he doesn t believe me this is a book by david sedaris.shrug.i mean, what else am i supposed to say it s not like he went out on a limb here and wrote a space opera or a bodice ripper it s david sedaris if you like him, you will probably like this one if you don t, you probably won t.this is not my favorite of his collections, but i laughed out loud three times, which i think is pretty good i like laughter one time, connor made david sedaris laugh he has yet to write a story about this incident, but we are all holding our breaths and waiting.
Barrel Fever, in 1994 Each of his four subsequent essay collections,
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- Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
- David Sedaris
- 04 June 2019 David Sedaris