Book Review: “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” by David Sedaris

Daniel Vorio

Growing up in Raleigh, N.C. with a frugal father, an apathetic mother, four sisters and a jock for a brother, in “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” David Sedaris put his life on paper and talks about the lack of structure in his family. In turn, the reader is greeted with outrageously true short essays about his life, mainly touching upon topics of his heritage, various jobs, drug abuse and his own homosexuality.

One of the more interesting reads within the book is entitled “The Ship Shape.” The Sedaris family often vacationed in “Cape Cod style houses” and would come across different homes with witty names like Pelican’s Perch, The Scotch Bonnet, and Loony Dunes. When David’s father suggested they purchase a summer house the children, as well as the mother, become overly excited.

Upon further research, the father decides that it is best not to purchase a house, but maybe continue renting each summer as they had. The let down and disappointment led the children to never forgive their father for getting their hopes up, Mrs. Sedaris moving her bed to the living room and the father building a bar in the basement.

As the book is a collection of short stories, none amounting over ten pages or so, it is a relatively easy and fun read. David Sedaris’ writing style and the way he makes fun of himself and his family is both creative and witty.

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