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- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition edition (June 1 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586215027
- ISBN-13: 978-1586215026
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 15.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 148 customer reviews
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From Publishers Weekly
Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day, etc.) perfects his written essays by going on the road and reading them aloud, so it's no surprise that his new collection is even more hilarious and haunting as an audiobook. All 22 of the book's essays are here, and it's a treasury of riches matched by Sedaris's slightly nasal but enthralling delivery. Sedaris's material has always walked a razor's edge between hilarious and heartbreaking, and never more so than here. Although Sedaris pokes fun at his family, he mixes the laughs with empathy. When he tries to make sense out of his sister's squalid living conditions in "Put a Lid on It," his deadpan descriptions and hyper reactions are hysterically funny, but it's clear that his sister is a complex person, not just a punch line. Likewise, his late mother, previously seen as a chain-smoking, tart-talking dame, gains more depth in the downright spooky "The Girl Next Store." In "The End of the Affair," he and boyfriend Hugh disagree over a romantic movie and he concludes, "Real love amounts to withholding the truth, even when you're offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone's feelings." Still, Sedaris hasn't lost his irreverence; in "Possession," he tours Anne Frank's annex and imagines how he'd redecorate it.
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CULTURE, SUNDAY TIMES * 'His best, funniest, most satisfying book.' * ECONOMIST * 'Sedaris is like an updated Thurber: domestic, laconic, slightly warped but never bitter, and extremely funny.' * 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.' * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 *See all Product description
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but if we are included will you have me played as fat?" implores Lisa to her brother, David Sedaris. Thus goes the life of David Sedaris in his new book "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim".
David Sedaris most often known for the stories he portrays on NPR's "This American Life" is a prolific writer and story teller.
We laugh out loud at some of his antics or those he causes. In this new book, some of the stories have been heard before on NPR or in his CD or read in the "New Yorker" Some of the stories are gross- like his younger brother's wedding night where he shows David how he gets his larger bull dog to eat the smaller dog's poop. Yuckadew!
Most of the stories are not ones I can really relate to, but I can understand. The chapter that focuses on Holland's Christmas night with Santa and the 7 or 8 black men ( no one really knows whether it is 7 or 8 black men who accompany Santa) is hilarious and one of the funniest stories in the book. David takes us to Paris where he and his roommate are looking for a new apartment. The one they have is beautiful, but the landlord cannot sell it to them, can only lease it for 26 years until his daughters are old enough to inhabit it. Or, the time his father kicked him out of the house. David thought it was because he slept all day, smoked pot all night and listened to one record over and over. But in reality it was for another reason that David was asked to leave. David brings us to Boston to visit his sister. She is a baker and lives in a house in Somerville. She has become by way of a rickshaw a deadbeat, a hippie, a collector of "things". David's job is to clean the house although sister wants no part of that- it is David's obsessive cleaning behavior that makes him do it. One of the more outrageous stories takes place when he has a job as a house cleaner. David was mistakenly called instead of an S&M cleaning outfit.
On and on, David portrays himself and his family as a little loony, a little too obsessive. But, this is David's perspective and his writing style pulls you in. Mom seems to me to be the one that held the family together and as strange and funny as she is, I like her a lot. She kicks the kids out of the house on a snowy winter vacation day. They end up playing in the street, and she comes to rescue them as if nothing unusual has happened. She can cry, she can yell, and we see where the family might get their interesting personalites! She always wanted grandchildren and one of the stories centers on which child will have the first baby,and by gosh it does happen!
I left the strangest story for last because it takes place in New Hampshire. It centers on a small hotel with few amenities and David carrying coffee with a small child to........
I love David Sedaris and his writing. I buy his books eagerly and am not disappointed. This one is a doozy and will entertain you for hours. prisrob
Jumping out at you from the shelves with a naked Barbie doll on the cover, I read this book in about two days or so. His essays range from interesting to hilariously funny. He has a way with words that cannot be duplicated.
"Us and Them" had to do with his neighbor and family who did not own a TV, and how David used to spy on them and wonder how they lived and learned about life, if they didn't have a television. These neighbors went trick or treating the day after Halloween, (as they were on vacation the day before) and David was forced to go upstairs and fetch some candy to give to the kids. Instead, his mom found him in his room, mouth dripping with chocolate. One of my favorites.
"Full House" had to do with sleepovers and the fact that their parents don't go to bed at a normal time, so the children didn't either. I laughed out loud when he talked about his mother, who falls asleep anywhere, and didn't understand why they gave her a nightgown for Christmas, "...she'd look at us strangely, as if, like the moment of one's death, the occasion of sleep was too incalculable to involve any real preparation." You find out more about his mother in this story as well. In the last story, she locked the children out of the house and they threw snowballs at her window. In this essay, she gossips about the neighbor's mom. "'What is she on?' my mother would whisper whenever we passed Mrs. Winters waving gaily from her front yard." I found her to be more of a friend to the kids than a mother, maybe a little dysfunctional.
"Blood Work" was probably my favorite. David starts cleaning houses, and goes to an apartment where a very sweaty man resides, who is not in favor of air conditioning. He continually talks about FIRE ISLAND in a very loud voice, "...as if it were a prearranged code, the watchwords signaling me to hand over the microfilm." As David starts to find gay pornography piled about the apartment, and wonders why the guy asks if he is coming to clean at 2PM or 2AM, he slowly catches onto the fact that this guy didn't just want any housecleaner. He watches a "movie" and pleases himself in David's presence, then proceeds to pay David $230 dollars for his services, even though he didn't "service" him, as this was a mixup in cleaning services.
A previous reviewer stated that she had a bad feeling about a couple of the stories, because she thought that there was some underlying pedophilia going on. She didn't go into detail, but mentioned what stories she was suspicious about. In "The Girl Next Door," a neglected 9 year old girl hangs out with 26 year old David much like the character Marcus hangs out with Will, in Nick Hornby's "About a Boy." I didn't see any problem in that book, and I don't see any problem here.
In "Chicken in the Henhouse," David discussed how a young boy was in a hotel getting coffee for his parents, and naively asks David for help, as any child might do. David then worries about how people might "think" it looks, mixed with the fact that sometimes he has a need to touch people's heads. (It sounds more like an obsessive compulsive disorder than closet pedophila, but that's just my opinion.) I just think that if he was, he wouldn't be publicly announcing it in a book. It just bothered me that this reviewer made him look like something bad because of her own suspicions. I don't agree.
All in all, it was a quick read. David Sedaris has a way of looking at the world differently than others do, and finding the humor in everyday life.
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