David Sedaris’s collection of essays, “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” is an easy and enjoyable read. Sedaris manages to make each and every essay both funny and thought-provoking. Since the essays stand on their own (as opposed to working as one piece), the book reads like a long, winding, delightful, and slightly odd conversation with a friend. At the center of the plotless and disconnected collection sits Sedaris, holding the narrative together with his neurotic observations and his deep love for his family.
The essays, while varied, often focus on the personal: his relationship with his husband, his sisters and brother, and his parents. His understanding of the complicated and humorous natures of those around him makes his portrayals real and tangible. This is a great book to read if you’re looking for something that is both breezy and substantial. Sedaris makes you laugh, but he also makes you think about society and the intricacies of human interaction.