Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (Hardcover)
|Author: David Sedaris|
|-" 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.- Over two million copies of Sedaris's books have been sold. - This is Sedaris's first major collection in four years. Fans are ravenous! His book and lecture tours draw thousands of admirers.|
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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.
Another collection by bestselling satiric essayist David Sedaris, author of NAKED and ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY and frequent contributor to the public radio show THIS AMERICAN LIFE. Some of the essays are in the laugh-out-loud vein to which Sedaris fans are accustomed, including an over-the-top look at Dutch Christmas traditions, and Sedaris's encounter with some lost tourists as he is drowning a mouse. But many of the works provided here, while still touched with dry humor, are more poignant pieces about his eccentric, troubled family, including observations on his mother's alcoholism, his father's inability to talk directly to Sedaris about Sedaris's homosexuality, and his sister Lisa's resentment of his relentless mining of their shared past in his essays. As always, Sedaris manages to seek out the bizarre in daily life, whether he is reminiscing about the past or musing about the present.
close-knit Greek-American family with five siblings. While in elementary school, his family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina when his father, an IBM engineer, was transferred. During his childhood, he suffered from obsessive-compulsive tendencies that later subsided like incessant counting and systematically touching objects on his path, while consoling himself with rocking. Sedaris also became aware at any early age that he was homosexual, but adamantly denied it and joined his peers in homophobic taunts. After high school, he enrolled in Kent State University, but dropped out shortly thereafter, hitchhiked cross-country, and started the series of menial jobs that he eventually documented in his much-lauded essays. Although he didn't read much as a child, he started keeping a diary during this hitchhiking stint and caught up on classics and contemporary fiction. He moved to Chicago at age 27 to attend the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied painting and taught writing courses, eventually graduating in 1987. Although National Public Radio's Ira Glass discovered him entertaining audiences in a Chicago club with selections from his diary, he didn't start contributing to NPR until after he moved to New York in 1991. His writing career took off when he chronicled his experiences working as a Macy's elf in "Santaland Diaries," which aired originally on NPR's Morning Edition in 1992. He eventually left his apartment-cleaning job to concentrate on writing full-time, but continues to write about the numerous other jobs he held since high school: state mental hospital volunteer, apple picker, mover, and office worker. Sedaris doesn't own a computer and wrote with a manual typewriter until he received an electric model as a Christmas present at 32. Aside from other quirks like his taxidermy collection, Sedaris is known for a distinctive high-pitched voice he detests and conversational writing that is satirical, humorous, poignant, and slightly twisted. He was closer to his mother--a tough-talking, hard-drinking, incessant-smoking housewife--than his father. She died of lung cancer while continuing to smoke, and Sedaris smokes two packs a day and wrote an essay mocking militant, air-preserving nonsmokers. Although he is credited as one of the first openly homosexual contributors to NPR that isn't issue-oriented, Sedaris insists on merging his homosexuality naturally within the larger context of his work instead of becoming an outspoken advocate for gay issues. Sedaris continues to write short stories, "true enough" essays, and plays, the latter collaborations with his sister, actor and playwright Amy Sedaris, under the name of the Talent Family.
"...[S]ardonic, funny and wry....Mr. Sedaris [is] in fine funny form." - Michiko Kakutani 06/11/2004 Kirkus Reviews
"Sedaris's sense of life's absurdity is on full, fine display." 04/15/2004 Times Literary Supplement
"...[A] charming, humorous book....These are scenes of family life at its best, written with clarity but also with great affection, through which the character of the author emerges, watchful, self-mocking and full of understanding." - Caroline Moorehead 07/23/2004
Customer Reviews of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Favorite of NPR Listeners1/4/2011
I loved listening to David Sedaris on National Public Radio when I realized that I could also be reading his books. This was the first one that I read and I have been hooked ever since. He is also great to see in person so be sure to buy a ticket when he comes to your town.
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