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Sedaris, David. DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM. New York City, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 257 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fifth collection of short stories and essays. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Utilizes a stunningly beautiful DJ design by Chip Kidd. Presents David Sedaris at the threshold of maturity as America's most pungent, most perceptive, and most popular social commentator and humorist. "Sedaris has a satirical brazenness that holds up next to Twain and Nathanael West" (The New Yorker Magazine). "If wit were measured in people, David Sedaris would be China: His talent is that huge" (Denver Rocky Mountain News). Once a cult figure, Sedaris now has broad mainstream appeal in the United States and as incredible as it may sound, Europe, where he does readings regularly and his books are bestsellers. He is based in both Paris and New York City, two of the world's very few cities where the idea of civilized pleasure (including humor) is not just valued but avidly pursued: Life-as-surplus, where the only life worth living is the useless and unnecessary life of leisure, which is ultimately the theme of Woody Allen's great New York films, and in his more down-to-earth manner, is also the reason we like and love David Sedaris. As the present title suggests, Sedaris continues to use his utterly dysfunctional Greek-immigrant family as the basis for his best pieces. If anything, he uses them more rather than less than ever, and his devoted readers may now feel as though they know the Sedaris family better than their own families. A terrific collection, this is a "must-have" title for David Sedaris collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by David Sedaris. It is also stamped by him with a red rubber stamp-greeting from Thailand (in lieu of a "personalized" inscription), a brilliant Sedaris touch. Sedaris had just returned from a visit to the Kingdom of Thailand and brought back with him the stamp, which he then brought with him on his book tour. As far as we know, Sedaris, who is a meticulous signer, used the stamp only for this title and only during his 2004 tour, making it vintage and special. Sedaris is a genuine rarity among superstar-writers: He spends time with every single person who has taken the trouble of going to his reading and waiting patiently in line (which are "circle-around-the-block" long) to get his or her book signed. He writes lengthy, personalized inscriptions to those who want them and has been known to sign into the wee hours of the morning. We do not know of another American writer who sincerely bonds with (rather than keeps his distance from) his readers as Sedaris does. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings. This is the only such signed and stamped copy available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID SEDARIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0316143464. $150.00

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