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

We’re underway with our “Month of Humor” reading for April. For our first week of humorous reading, we picked up David Sedaris’s comedic book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

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This is the second of Sedaris’s books we’ve read on this challenge. During December’s “Month of Holiday” reading, we read his holiday-themed book, Holidays on Ice. I really enjoyed Holidays on Ice, so I was really thrilled to have an excuse to pick up another of this author’s books. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim did not disappoint.

Dress Your Family… was a collection of short stories, telling stories about Sedaris and his family. His observational humor, and complete honesty about touchy subjects, left me laughing many times. Sedaris’s style is full of dark humor. In this book, he introduces some pretty serious topic, and approaches them with a “such is life” attitude that is refreshing if it is not always funny. Mostly, his book is funny because it is relatable – it is full of stories that almost anyone can relate to, from childhood vacations at the beach, to being a struggling 20-something, to sibling rivalry.

This book might not be for everyone. Sedaris talks about some pretty touchy things (sexual harassment, infant deaths, drug use, to name a few), and it’s a little cringe-worthy to read jokes about these touchy subjects. If you can swallow that pill, this book is a win! Sedaris is uproariously funny, exceptionally dry, and creative in his storytelling.

So how about you? Have you read Dress Your Family… or any of Sedaris’s books? What do you like (or not like) about Sedaris?

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Book 7: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

In keeping with our Halloween theme for our October reading, this week’s reading is a “biography” about one of the greatest American presidents … who also happened to be on a secret mission to rid America of vampires. Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” gives us our first “comedy” book (although I’m pretty sure it’s a dark comedy) of our book challenge.

All a reader has to do is look at the cover art to know this is going to be a fun week of reading:

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Classic, famous image of Mr. Lincoln… splattered with blood and… what’s that behind his back?

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Ah…. looks like someone’s been busy.

Hopefully this will prove to be a fun book to lift us out of the drudgery of last week’s reading! I’ve been anxious to throw something less serious into our book selection, and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” should be the perfect way to put us into the Halloween Spirit, but not give us nightmares!

So get to the library or used book store, or download the ebook, and let’s get reading!

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