Dressed in 'Corduroy' The self-deprecating humorist is back with a new collection of autobiographical essays. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim offers tales about his eccentric family and experiences abroad.

Dressed in 'Corduroy'

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Dressed in 'Corduroy'

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Writer, NPR commentator and former elf David Sedaris thrives in the oddest situations: autobiographical essays on his struggles with the French language, a vacation at a nudist colony, and his Macy's Santaland job have made him one of the most popular American humorists.

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His latest collection of writings is called Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Readers and radio listeners will be happy to know that along with his self-deprecating humor, his eccentric family is back, including his mother Sharon, still at the helm with a cigarette, a drink and a caustic wit.

In Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Sedaris recounts losing his candy one childhood Halloween, touring and secretly coveting Anne Frank's old house, and drowning a mouse in the dark of night. "Sometimes I worry that I never really advanced beyond adolescence. Anything that is grotesque, anything that is scatological -- I'm right there," Sedaris tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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