Of the 6 David Sedaris Audio Book CD sets included in The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set, Dress Your Family In Denim And Corduroy is the most unusual. This about an unusual essayist and biographical story teller whose darkly comic tales have made the joy of yours truly and many NPR and This American Life listeners. Of course, various members of the Sedaris family make an appearance in some of the stories, including brother Paul "The Rooster". There is also a Christmas story of sorts, the very funny and live version of 6 to 8 Black Men on the Dutch version of Santa Claus.
This lack of darkness in Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim is what makes this particular David Sedaris audio book CD set stand out from the others in The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set. The stories and essays here are, generally, far more autobiographical and episodic than the usual caustic stuff Sedaris writes and tells. Still, The Girl Next Door, about the author living next to a single mother and an apparently endearing young girl neighbor, certainly catches the listener by surprise. Sedaris' usual weird characters are back in the story Blood Work about his days as a cleaning man. The End of the Affair, from the time he spent in France, is another minor bit. Repeat After Me, which closes CD 3, is much better performed live on the Live At Carnegie Hall Sedaris CD also included in the Ultimate Box Set. Sedaris live has much more energy than in studio and a live audience response really improves his timing.