Staff Choice

Staff Choice

May 30, 2004|By Annie Linskey

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris. Little, Brown. 257 pages. $24.95.

Twenty-two super short stories -- many less than five pages -- from the It boy of the public radio crowd. Most of the material has already been published, but for those who can't keep up with their New Yorkers, the collection is well worth the read. Sedaris' humor falls squarely in the it's-funny-because-it's-true category. He's written several other books in this vein, including the wildly popular Me Talk Pretty One Day. And, in this new volume, he hits the mark more often than not. A favorite image comes courtesy of Sedaris' North Carolina neighbors, the Tomkeys, who somehow think it is appropriate to trick-or-treat on the day after Halloween. The young Tomkey boy shows up begging for candy at Sedaris' home dressed "as some kind of rodent with terry-cloth ears and a tail made from what looked to be an extension cord." How will I ever look at an extension cord the same way?

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