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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

By |2018-03-21T18:28:58+01:00November 1st, 2005|Recent Reviews|

By David Sedaris

Back Bay Books, 2005. 272 pages.


veryone has stories of the lunatic moments of their normal family life. But not everyone can spin a tale like New Yorker writer David Sedaris. The whole clan is skewered, author included, with an empathetic, but never sentimental, hand.

A freak “snow week” in North Carolina prompts his mother to lock the kids outside while she calms her nerves with cocktails. His sister teaches her parrot to give her daily affirmations. House buyer’s remorse prompts David to view Ann Frank’s apartment as his dream home. A great summer read.

Kristine Crane is Associate Editor of The American and the author of the "L'Americana" column. She lives and writes in North Central Florida. She was formerly a Fulbright scholar and journalist in Rome, where she helped found "The American." She is originally from Iowa City.