Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Title: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Author: David Sedaris
Pages: 272
Publisher: Little Brown and Company (2004)
Rating: 4 stars

If you don’t know who David Sedaris is, you should.

Known for his idiosyncratic wit and tales of his eccentric family, Sedaris contributes frequently to NPR and This American Life, writes for The New Yorker, and has published tons of books.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim begins with a story about Halloween. A young David becomes slightly obsessed with a neighboring family that doesn’t own a TV and eats together every night. He studies them like a different species, because to him they are. His family doesn’t do “family” things.

This family goes on vacation and misses Halloween, but a day later they trick-or-treat in the neighborhood. David’s mom orders him and his siblings to give up some of their own hard-earned candy when the family comes to their door. Struck by the injustice of them asking for candy on a day that it isn’t socially acceptable to ask for candy, David Sedaris recounts his hilarious, semi-crazed reaction.

The subsequent stories are all about his family and his partner. Often asking himself “why do I do these things?”, his recounts of his nephew’s birth, apartment hunting in a foreign country, drowning a mouse in sympathy, and befriending a young psychopath are riotously funny.

The stories are written simply and matter-of-factly, but with poignant dialogue. His conversations with his siblings, especially his brother (no two blood relatives could be so different!), are oddly irrational and adolescent.

David Sedaris is a totally loveable total weirdo and makes me feel shockingly normal.

Click to listen to this hilarious story about Sedaris being a “Santa’s Helper” (Elf) at a department store!

About Natalie Ramm

I read a lot, y'all.
This entry was posted in Book Life, Books I read and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

  1. Pingback: The Reader | Paperspines

  2. melanied927 says:

    I am completely obsessed with David Sedaris.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s