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She s afraid to tell me anything important, knowing I ll only turn around and write about it In my mind, I m like a friendly junkman, building things from the little pieces of scrap I find here and there, but my family s started to see things differently Their personal lives are the so called pieces of scrap I so casually pick up, and they re sick of it I think David Sedaris would be surprised to hear that he has been a hero of sorts for me during the last few weeks He d probably go so farShe s afraid to tell me anything important, knowing I ll only turn around and write about it In my mind, I m like a friendly junkman, building things from the little pieces of scrap I find here and there, but my family s started to see things differently Their personal lives are the so called pieces of scrap I so casually pick up, and they re sick of it I think David Sedaris would be surprised to hear that he has been a hero of sorts for me during the last few weeks He d probably go so far as to say he s been called many things but never a hero But he has saved me from singing the blues on a number of days and lifted me from boredom on many , so hero he shall be named This was my second Sedaris collection, my first being Calypso which I read and made a big to do over back in March of this year I ran around telling everyone about that one, trying to force the book in a few pairs of hands I m not always easy to please when it comes to humor not a big fan of outlandish slapstick or inane bodily jokes But the Sedaris brand of comedy has won me over wholeheartedly I guess you d call itof an observational kind of humor Looking at ordinary events and finding the absurd in them Things many of us can relate to regarding family life, relationships, run ins with strangers and that sort of juicy stuff After reading Calypso, it was recommended to me by several friends here on Goodreads that I must absolutely listen to David Sedaris read his own stories Well, these friends are wise, so I did just that Naturally, they were right What an added pleasure to hear David s voice as he relates what would seem at first like mundane occurrences transformed into hilarious anecdotes I don t think I can experience his writing any other way other than audio from this point forward Some of these I played twice, once for myself and then holding my teenage children as captive audience at the dinner table for a second listen I think I may have converted them into fans as well Do yourself a favor and give him a listen if you haven t already done so I m currently on a wait list for the next audio that becomes available through my fine library system 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 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 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, wellDress 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 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, wellDress 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 MenNo 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 I chuckled out loud a couple of times while reading this book, and enjoyed learningabout Sedaris s quirky, dysfunctonal, yet endearing family There wasn t one particular thing that majorly stood out to me that would push it to 4 stars though I wonder if this would ve been stronger had the essays tied together for an overarching theme or thesis The book reads as if it were supplementary info about David s life, and since this is my first time reading his work, I desiredI plan on I chuckled out loud a couple of times while reading this book, and enjoyed learningabout Sedaris s quirky, dysfunctonal, yet endearing family There wasn t one particular thing that majorly stood out to me that would push it to 4 stars though I wonder if this would ve been stronger had the essays tied together for an overarching theme or thesis The book reads as if it were supplementary info about David s life, and since this is my first time reading his work, I desiredI plan on reading his other books to get acomplete picture [ Read Epub ] ♔ Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim ☫ 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 Okay so the Chip Kidd covers usually ruins authors like this for me These covers almost ooze a Wes Anderson type Americana I ll let prejudices slip past.So this writer has a following and it is understandable This guy CAN WRITE And topping that he can write short stories I am very ambivalent about short vignettes or even the lofty novella why don t writers just extend the s t out of whatever story they are writing to fit the perimeters of the novel O so close.Sedaris observes, writes Okay so the Chip Kidd covers usually ruins authors like this for me These covers almost ooze a Wes Anderson type Americana I ll let prejudices slip past.So this writer has a following and it is understandable This guy CAN WRITE And topping that he can write short stories I am very ambivalent about short vignettes or even the lofty novella why don t writers just extend the s t out of whatever story they are writing to fit the perimeters of the novel O so close.Sedaris observes, writes He s underwhelmingly unextraordinary, but his voice sures gots sass.I have known someone the exact prototype of this Woody Allenesque guy all style no substance Yes keen, keen like a knife But what ties it all Why are these so damn popular Sometimes, the collective I.Q I want to readof this self centered pedant He ain t all that, though This must be mentioned Find all of my reviews at think I may have broken free of the endless Sedaris loop which I have had playing in my car, but I m sure I ll return to it eventually If for no other reason than to hear aboutI will tell you, audio is the ONLY way to go when it comes to stories about the youngest Sedaris be it David or Amy s impersonation, you ll be hard pressed not to look like a hysterical maniac if driving while listening When my sisters and I Find all of my reviews at think I may have broken free of the endless Sedaris loop which I have had playing in my car, but I m sure I ll return to it eventually If for no other reason than to hear aboutI will tell you, audio is the ONLY way to go when it comes to stories about the youngest Sedaris be it David or Amy s impersonation, you ll be hard pressed not to look like a hysterical maniac if driving while listening When my sisters and I eventually left home, it seemed like a natural progression young adults shifting from one environment to another While our departures had been relatively painless, Paul s was like releasing a domestic animal into the wild He knew how to plan a meal but displayed a remarkable lack of patience when it came time for the actual cooking Frozen dinners were often eaten exactly as sold, the Salisbury steak amounting to a stickless meat Popsicle I phoned one night just as he was leaning a family pack of frozen chicken wings against the back door He d forgotten to defrost them and was now attempting to stomp the solid mass into three six inch portions, which he d force into his toaster oven.I heard the singular sound of boot against crystallized meat and listened as my brother panted for breath Goddamned fucking chicken wings I called again the following evening and was told that after all that work, the chicken had been spoiled It tasted like fish, so he threw it away and called it a night A few hours later, having decided that spoiled chicken was better than no chicken at all, he got out of bed, stepped outside in his underpants, and proceeded to eat the leftovers directly from the garbage can.I was mortified In your underpants Damned straight, he said Rooster ain t getting dressed up to eat no fish assed tasting chickenAll the Stars I thought I was over David Sedaris I don t mean that I don t like him I do His essays are funny, but after a while they all seem to run together He mines the same territory again and again stories of growing up with his dysfunctional, quirky, yet lovable family Stories of himself as the odd and awkward kid growing up and trying to figure out how to live in this world.I wasn t going to buy Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim in print, but I saw the audio version, read by Sedaris himse I thought I was over David Sedaris I don t mean that I don t like him I do His essays are funny, but after a while they all seem to run together He mines the same territory again and again stories of growing up with his dysfunctional, quirky, yet lovable family Stories of himself as the odd and awkward kid growing up and trying to figure out how to live in this world.I wasn t going to buy Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim in print, but I saw the audio version, read by Sedaris himself, on sale at CompUSA when they were going out of business and selling their entire inventory for cheap I couldn t resist even though I much prefer to read books rather than to listen to them I did nothing with it forthan a year until I decided I should listen to it while going for walks around my neighborhood.I found myself rolling my eyes, not laughing, and quickly becoming bored Finally I had the idea to take the book with me when I drove places I felt I would get through it much quicker that way and could finally move on to something else.It turned out that that was the way to listen to David Sedaris Walking around the neighborhood while thinking about the pain in my hip and how at 38 years old I m afraid I m going to have to have a fucking hip replacement is no way to appreciate him I just wanted to slap the shit out of him and his idiosyncratic family neighbors and everyone else he was talking about Relaxed and driving on the freeway with his pleasant voice in my ear was the way to go In fact, I enjoyed it so much that it made me want to listen to his books rather than read them, which was kind of a first for me.That being said, it s not going to come as a big surprise that this collection isof the same types of stories we ve heard in the past, but I have to say that Sedaris really shines when he talks about his sister, Tiffany, and his brother, Paul a.k.a The Rooster Those were my favorites in the collection I was also sad to learn that Sedaris s mother, Sharon, has passed away I ll never forget his Ya Ya refusing to call Sharon by her name and stubbornly referring to her as The Girl because she was pissed she wasn t Greek And if you already know and love The Rooster, man are you in for a treat when Sedaris reads in Paul s voice Something about this charming, well spoken man saying the words She had tubes coming out of her pussy in a thick southern accent cracked me upthan reading it on the page ever could So David Sedaris Well, let s be clear Nobody with a funnybone can hate David Sedaris And neither do I But it has to be said that last book Dress your family in corduroy and denim was quite a disappointment Judging by the number of people showing up for his readings here in San Francisco, and its lengthy sojourn on The New York Times bestseller list, it obviously did pretty well commercially And, based on the enormous amount of accumulated goodwill from his earlier books, I don t beg So David Sedaris Well, let s be clear Nobody with a funnybone can hate David Sedaris And neither do I But it has to be said that last book Dress your family in corduroy and denim was quite a disappointment Judging by the number of people showing up for his readings here in San Francisco, and its lengthy sojourn on The New York Times bestseller list, it obviously did pretty well commercially And, based on the enormous amount of accumulated goodwill from his earlier books, I don t begrudge DS his commercial success Not one bit Well, OK Maybe just a little bit Because, for the first time, in this collection, we see clear indications that Sedaris is bumping up against his limitations How so I think and make no claim for the originality of this analysis it s because Sedaris is at his best when he writes from the point of view of slightly marginalized outsider In his earlier stuff, he was poor, he s gay and he managed to achieve a tone of bemusement in reporting what went on around him that was completely hilarious In the face of increasing commercial success, the edge that was conferred by his being poor became harder to maintain But he and his boyfriend moved to France, thereby achieving automatic outsider status, and Sedaris was able to mine this for comedy gold his accounts of misadventures while learning French are truly funny, and credit must be given for the way in which he makes the comedy seem so effortless But that s his previous book Me Talk Pretty One Day Problem is, the whole marginalized outsider position seems less and less plausible for an author whose books spend months on the best seller list Similarly, after a few years in France, the forces of assimilation are bound to cut down on the number of amusing misunderstandings funny enough to be worth writing about This leaves one other area which Sedaris has mined fruitfully in previous books anecdotes about his family Indeed, the majority of the stories in this latest collection are family based anecdotes However, the stories in this collection do not come close to matching the wit and poignancy of those in earlier books, suggesting that this vein of inspiration may be close to being tapped out Hardly surprising any author would lead with the funniest material this collection has occasional flashes of wit, but never reaches the laugh out loud quality of the earlier books Several pieces in this collection describing his brother s wedding, his job one summer at the State Fair are downright pedestrian, and a couple of pieces just fall flat ruminations about apartment hunting while visiting the Anne Frank house, accounts of visits with two of his sisters, whose feelings about being featured as bit players in this, or subsequent collections are decidedly mixed It s to Sedaris s credit that he too is ambivalent on this point, but his soul searching on the issue doesn t make for interesting reading One of Yeats s later poems is called The Circus Animals Desertion in it, he bemoans the fact that the themes which inspired him early in his career have lost their inspirational power Dress your family in corduroy and denim supports the notion that David Sedaris may be experiencing similar difficulties But don t count him out yet His previous books estalished Sedaris as a hilarious, extremely talented writer Anyone can have one bad book Let s hope he will leave it at that This was my first book by David Sedaris and though there were some stories that spoke to methan others, all in all, I enjoyed it and would readby the author Yes, he came across as kind of cranky and irritating at times, but I think that is probably part of his charm He doesn t seem to put up a facade, which makes for entertaining reading I very rarely read collections of anecdotes like this, because I already know a number will stand out and others will not, and I tend to prefer o This was my first book by David Sedaris and though there were some stories that spoke to methan others, all in all, I enjoyed it and would readby the author Yes, he came across as kind of cranky and irritating at times, but I think that is probably part of his charm He doesn t seem to put up a facade, which makes for entertaining reading I very rarely read collections of anecdotes like this, because I already know a number will stand out and others will not, and I tend to prefer one cohesive story That being said, I knew what I was getting into, and I can see Sedaris appeal He is chatty, yet very observant and doesn t shy away from anything Overall, this book was a good introduction to this author s work and I m curious to see how I like Calypso in the near future.Findreviews and bookish fun at