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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
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In this phenomenal #1 bestseller, 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 traveler. He eats a hamburger. He has his blood sugar tested. It all sounds so normal, doesn't it? Yet Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below the surface, exposing a world alive with hidden motives and obscure desires. Performed by the author—with his hilarious, wry delivery—this painful, funny and absurd collection will prove why he's America's favorite humorist.
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David Sedaris. (2011). Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Unabridged Hachette Book Group.

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David Sedaris. 2011. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Hachette Book Group.

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David Sedaris, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Hachette Book Group, 2011.

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David Sedaris. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Unabridged Hachette Book Group, 2011.

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        Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day
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        In his latest collection, Sedaris has found his heart. This is not to suggest that the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day
        and other bestselling books has lost his edge. The 27 essays here (many previously published in Esquire
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      • content: David Sedaris's latest collection of essays is his most intimate, made even more so by his keen delivery. They reflect a writing maturity: His insecurities and compulsions are more apparent than ever, which just makes the stories of awkward childhood, awkward adolescence, and awkward adulthood that much more eminently relatable. Which is not to say that you won't be laughing out loud at his impression of his redneck brother in "Rooster at the Hitchin' Post" or any of the other small absurdities of life that he captures so memorably. One of Sedaris's gifts is that he can be hilarious and heartrending (but never maudlin) in the same sentence. Three of the live performances, including "Six to Eight Black Men," will be familiar from last year's LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL, but they're no less funny on second listening. Sedaris's essays are written to be heard, so listen up--he just keeps getting better. J.M.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 2005 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
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