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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (Abridged)by David Sedaris
One of these days I'll find the time to construct an actual review of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, but until I do let these words stand as my pledge: You will not regret purchasing this book. Further: You're unlikely to find more pure pleasure in anything you read this year. Dress Your Family is Sedaris's best book yet.
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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.
In Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Sedaris returns to his deliriously twisted domain: hilarious childhood dramas infused with melancholy; the gulf of misunderstanding that exists between people of different nations or members of the same family; and the poignant divide between one's best hopes and most common deeds. The family characters his readers love are all here, as well as the unique terrain they inhabit, strewn with comic landmines.
"Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day, etc.) perfects his written essays by going on the road and reading them aloud, so it's no surprise that his new collection is even more hilarious and haunting as an audiobook. All 22 of the book's essays are here, and it's a treasury of riches matched by Sedaris's slightly nasal but enthralling delivery. Sedaris's material has always walked a razor's edge between hilarious and heartbreaking, and never more so than here. Although Sedaris pokes fun at his family, he mixes the laughs with empathy. When he tries to make sense out of his sister's squalid living conditions in 'Put a Lid on It,' his deadpan descriptions and hyper reactions are hysterically funny, but it's clear that his sister is a complex person, not just a punch line. Likewise, his late mother, previously seen as a chain-smoking, tart-talking dame, gains more depth in the downright spooky 'The Girl Next Store.' In 'The End of the Affair,' he and boyfriend Hugh disagree over a romantic movie and he concludes, 'Real love amounts to withholding the truth, even when you're offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone's feelings.' Still, Sedaris hasn't lost his irreverence; in 'Possession,' he tours Anne Frank's annex and imagines how he'd redecorate it. Simultaneous release with Little, Brown hardcover (Forecasts, May 24). (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Sedaris's sense of life's absurdity is on full, fine display, as is his emotional body armor. Fortunately, he has plenty of both." Kirkus Reviews
"Sedaris' piquant essays are as meticulously honed and precisely timed as the best stand-up comic routines....
Me Talk Pretty One Day was an international bestselling sensation, selling over one million copies combined to date and spending 73 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists. This is Sedaris's first major collection in four years.
Sedaris returns to his deliriously twisted domain: hilarious childhood dramas infused with melancholy; the gulf of misunderstanding that exists between people of different nations or members of the same family; and the poignant divide between one's best hopes and most common deeds.
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.
- Dress Your Family in Corduroy And Denim will be published in Little, Brown and Company hardcover (0-316-14346-4) in 6/04. - Time Warner AudioBooks released the abridged version of David Sedaris Live at Camegie Hall in 10/03, which will whet the public's appetite for this new audio program. - More than 270,000 copies of David Sedaris's four audio programs--Me Talk Pretty One Day (TWAB, 6/00), Holidays On Ice (TWAB, 10/97), Naked (TWAB, 3/97), and Barrel Fever and Other Stories (TWAB, 1994) have been sold in various formats to date. - Sedaris's commentaries are frequently featured on National Public Radio, and he remains a regular contributor to Public Radio International's This American Life. His writings appear frequently in The New Yorker, Esquire, and other national magazines, and Sedaris's appearances draw hundreds of fans.
About the Author
David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively though Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in France.
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