Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David SedarisRead about another book on the list.
Any book by David Sedaris has more than a handful of essays about his childhood, which according to him was filled with siblings, cigarette smoke, a deep longing to have a more diamond-filled life than the one he was born into, and parents who had no qualms about mocking their offspring. He has a really great way of writing about imperfect people (including himself), while making you love them and want to invite them all over for wine and tiny appetizers. This title features the typical circus of absurdity but also includes an essay on how his family deals with their starring role in Sedaris’s writings. It’s funny, sure, but also poignant and real.