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R&R 060 | Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

David Sedaris
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
First published in 2004
This edition: Abacus, 2005
ISBN: 0-349-11670-9
Cover design: info N/A

R&R 060 | Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

With another fullfilling bundle of stories about his life, David Sedaris has yet again managed to bring joy to my life. (I have R&R-ed Me Talk Pretty One Day, last year.)

Deliciously blunt in its tone, Dress Your Family instantly had me hooked, reeling me in further as I kept reading. While reading the first 15 pages I had already laughed out loud several times, and I felt such excitement knowing I had over 200 pages of this stuff left! I really love finding humorous material that isn't forced, but flows naturally and I actually feel happy knowing Sedaris has written loads more books, one of which (Naked) is currently residing with my other to-be-read books. Plenty of material to keep me going for a while.

Dress Your Family was pretty much a perfect read for me. Using his addictively funny and at times dry voice, Sedaris again shares with us tales involving his family members and growing up, and he offers critical observations on us humans…

– …including the Dutch (represent!). In Six to Eight Black Men. Sedaris explores the origins of Santa; in The Netherlands he's known as St. Nicholas and let me tell you, the whole thing is cute for kids, but yes, quite ridiculous.

– The craziest human in this book is definitely, DEFINITELY, David's neighbour's kid Brandi-with-an-i in The Girl Next Door. I seriously kept picturing the twins from The Shining when I read this story. Quite a good one.

– Sedaris, in a quirky way, shares a part of what it was like growing up while gay. In Full House, Sedaris flashes back to his childhood, at a time when he beat all the other boys at strip poker. Oh, so sneaky.

– …but it's not all giggles in this book. Hejira broke my heart a little bit. Sedaris put some things into perspective regarding being a young gay person and the struggle to be accepted. Yes, I laughed at what happened in Full House. But Hejira was no laughing matter.
(I think the inclusion of this story is what makes me love this book so much more.)

– Finally, Nuit of the Living Dead is a perfect way to end the book; an example of how sometimes people are headed for disaster without realizing it.

I would have listed most of these stories if I could, but I'd rather keep it short this time. Let me simply finish this by encouraging you to find this book and just let it reel you in.

R&R series (and its photos, reviews) © Karin Elizabeth 2008-2009

Karin Elizabeth
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