Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim by David Sedaris


Did you ever imitate your parents when you were a kid?  Or better yet, imitate your parents imitating someone else?  Or try to win favor by pretending to be well-behaved children talking in tones like, “yes father, I would be delighted to pick up the common area of all of my things”? 


“Real love amounts to withholding the truth, even when you’re offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone’s feelings”


“I won’t put in a load of laundry, because the machine is too loud and would drown out other, more significant noises – namely, the shuffling footsteps of the living dead.”


“She’s afraid to tell me anything important, knowing I’ll only turn around and write about it. In my mind, I’m like a friendly junkman, building things from the little pieces of scrap I find here and there, but my family’s started to see things differently. Their personal lives are the so-called pieces of scrap I so casually pick up, and they’re sick of it. More and more often their stories begin with the line “You have to swear you’ll never repeat this.” I always promise, but it’s generally understood that my word means nothing.”




I fell in love with David Sedaris’ writing when I listened to his book Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.  I then went on to list to Me Talk Pretty One Day and his line about the youth in Asia (euthanasia) still cracks me up when I think about it.

It was only natural for me to crave his style of funny humor again.  And trust me – David makes anything funny.  He talks about anything from what to eat for dinner to doing laundry and I find myself giggling.  Be warned though – nothing is sacred.  NOTHING.  You never quite know what David will say next.

While Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim is funny, it is not my favorite f the three I have listened to.  It is good, and it filled my David fix.  I will  definitely be listening to him again. 

If you are planning to give his books a try I highly recommend to listen to them on audio.  David narrates them himself and he has just the right tone and pause in his voice that makes it all the better.

David lived in England so this one will be credited there


12 thoughts on “Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim by David Sedaris

  1. I read the first half of Me Talk Pretty One Day and ended up putting it down because I didn’t see it as humerus. When I finished it in audio I couldn’t stop laughing. He’s a wonderful narrator and really transforms his stories. Great review.

    1. Sam that one took a while – I tried listening to that one with my son over the weekend while we were driving – I told him how funnt Sedaris was… and then waited for him to become funny. He does – but the start of that one is LONG.

  2. Totally agree – Sedaris on audio is the best!! I listened to this one myself, years ago, while stuck in traffic crossing the bridge through NYC, and I am sure the drivers around me all thought I was nuts laughing like crazy all by myself. The thing about David Sedaris, though, is that he can have you laughing one minute and tearing up the next – he just writes so honestly. One of my favorites – I need to listen to his latest (Diabetes with Owls) – haven;t gotten to it yet.


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  3. I love Sedaris on audio! I read his book Naked but since then have listened to his books on audio -they are so entertaining! I really liked When You Are Engulfed in Flames if you are looking for another Sedaris listen.

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