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    • Publication date:27 May 2004

Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim

By David Sedaris

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*A new roundup of personal essays - surprising, disarming, heartbreakingly funny - from the #1 bestselling writer Time named America's Favorite Humorist.

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 traveller.
He eats a hamburger.
He has his blood sugar tested.
It all sounds so normal, doesn't it?
In his new book 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 finds one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today at the peak of his form.

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  • ISBN: 9780349116709
  • Publication date: 16 Dec 2004
  • Page count: 272
  • Imprint: Abacus
So often Sedaris's phrasing is beautiful in its piquancy and minimalism...His life is extraordinary in so many ways - the drug addiction, the eccentric family, the crazy jobs, the fame, the globetrotting - but one of the more unlikely achievements here is in making it all seem quite ordinary. Ultimately, his masterstroke is in acting as a bystander in his own story — Guardian
He makes me laugh so much. In an era when US satire is outpacing our own he's a sharp, humane and hilarious voice that never fails to make you smile - and sometimes weep. Apparently effortless humour is difficult, and precious. He's the real thing — James Naughtie, Radio Times
A deadpan, darkly comical portrait of the American underbelly . . . Sedaris shares something of [Alan] Bennett's detached curiosity, and they both have a thirst for amusement — Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
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. — TLS
This is a man who could capture your heart and lift your spirits while reading out the ingredients of a rice cake. OBSERVER — 'Mr Sedaris's humour is dry, witty and consistently successful.’
ECONOMIST — 'Sedaris is like an updated Thurber: domestic, laconic, slightly warped but never bitter, and extremely funny.’
CULTURE, SUNDAY TIMES — 'His best, funniest, most satisfying book.’
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