What’s it like to be a member of the Sedaris family? Do they read the bestselling books written about them by one of their own? Do they agree or disagree with their portrayals? Laugh or cry? Make mention to others or remain silent and vow revenge during a future holiday reunion?
David Sedaris focused on his family in previous works including Me Talk Pretty One Day and he does so again in Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Twenty-two essays chronicle various episodes in the author’s existence. The Sedaris wit is there, and many of the pieces are examinations of life’s little absurdities.
The overall tone of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim isn’t meant to have readers rolling in the aisles. However, Sedaris can’t help but to introduce a normally serious scene and then point out what’s wrong with the picture. Such is the case when the author tours the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and finds himself mentally remodeling the historical landmark to fit his personal taste.
These essays are just as witty and sharp as previous collections. David Sedaris has the ability to find the extraordinary in what others find ordinary. Through Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, he teaches us how to appreciate the endearing oddities in our own families and life in general.