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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim


 
I'm not even sure if anyone pops into this group any longer, but I figured I'd post anyway!
 
OK, OK.  So, I realize I'm about five years behind in reading this book.  I've read a few other of Sedaris' books and I'm never clamoring to read another, but I never don't want to read another, either.  So, when my mom received this one as a Christmas gift and finished it pretty quickly, I snatched it up, thinking it would be a good choice to read on my short bus rides to and from work.
 
And, it was perfect for that purpose.  Sedaris' stories are easily digestable, witty, and fun to read.  But, as always, the collection of short stories wasn't a book I couldn't put down; it didn't leave me wanting more.  Additionally, I found some stories more intriguing or more colorfully told than others.  Sedaris' voice is certainly unique and well-crafted.  Sometimes he comes off as jovial and fun; sometimes he seems slightly superior.  Overall, I'd recommend this book, but I wouldn't strongly recommend it.
 
More background on the book (since I realize I haven't really told you anything about it other than my opinion):  The book is collection of short stories detailing Sedaris' life growing up in a somewhat large, middle-class family of Greek descent.  The stories follow him from childhood, to young adulthood, to his current (at the time of publication) life, living with this partner in France.
 
I can't pinpoint why, but I found the stories that took place during his childhood to be the most witty.  I think it's because in those stories I feel he was most easily able to take the common, banal qualities of suburban middle class life and make them funny; through laughing at his family in those stories, I could laugh at my own.  Our families aren't all that similar, but these stories felt relateable to me.
 
Other than letting you all know about the book, I wanted to see if anyone else has read any of Sedaris' work.  I've read Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and now, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Demin (obviously, since I just wrote about it).  If you've read anything he's written, how did you feel about it?

T-S T-S 4 years 32 weeks
David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall is maybe the best CD that exists. Period. I liked this one but I also listened to it when I was commuting; Sedaris reading Sedaris is just hilarious. Engulfed in Flames also got to me. Too gross. (I'm not a member of this group but I just saw this and had to comment because I lurve Sedaris. But right now I'm reading Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert and I loooove it.)
syako syako 4 years 33 weeks
Martini, if your library has holidays on ice as an audio book, try it. He's funny sometimes and his stories are just so random that you do giggle and drop your jaw every once in a while. It's just not really consistent for me.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 33 weeks
Yeah, sy, I could see how actually listening to him read them would be funny. Maybe I'll try an audio book if I ever want to tackle anything else he's done. I will steer clear of Engulfed in Flames. And Martini, yeah, you're not missing much. I mean, like I said, I would kind of half-heartedly recommend his stuff, but it's nothing to get excited over.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 4 years 33 weeks
I've not read anything by David Sedaris, and from this review and Sy's comment, I think I will keep it that way! :P
syako syako 4 years 33 weeks
***tried to listen to
syako syako 4 years 33 weeks
I only listen to Sedaris on audio book *when we go on road trips* and hearing him tell the stories is definitely hilarious (on some of them even his sis, Amy, will read the stories too). I think Holidays on Ice was my favorite. The whole first "oh little elf" story is just one that's stuck with me for a long time. I do find that he can sometimes be a little depressing, a little grotesque, and a little bit debbie downer. We tried to listened to engulfed in flames, but had to stop. It was just too much. Too sad. Too random. Too TMI.