At the time of publication, there was considerable fan speculation as to the origin of the book's title. During an October 12, 2010 public appearance in Cleveland, Ohio, Sedaris said he was under a deadline for a title and was getting a little desperate when his boyfriend Hugh had a dream in which he saw someone reading a book entitled, in French, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Sedaris then knew that he had his title, even though it had nothing to do with the contents of his own book.
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