Why did I love this book?
I borrowed Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim from a friend years back, and instantly fell in love with David Sedaris.
I could have picked any book by Mr. Sedaris - they are all brilliant and have been hugely influential in my writing journey—but I vividly remember reading the chapter "Six to Eight Black Men", which beautifully illustrates a Dutch Christmas cultural tradition and shows it up in all its whacky weirdness, solely through storytelling and observation. Alone in my bedroom, I remember having to put the book down because I was howling with laughter.
David Sedaris is the master of pinpointing the ludicrous, seemingly without effort or trying to be funny.
He is one of my heroes. I think I became a bit obsessed.