Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice

Book - 1997
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A new holiday classic--six of the most profound Christmas stories by the author of the bestselling Naked and Barrel Fever--is now in a paperback edition perfect for stocking stuffing.
Publisher: Boston ; Toronto : Little, Brown and Co., c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316779234
Branch Call Number: 828 S447h
Characteristics: 123 p. ; 19 cm


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This hilarious and touching collection of short stories including “Santaland Diaries” offers a perspective on Christmas that only David Sedaris could produce. You’ll never feel the same about those newsy catch-up-with-our-family Christmas newsletters or, for that matter, Santa’s grotto. Enjoy.

Funny, odd, perhaps a tad dark at times, and absolutely classic David Sedaris. Sedaris has a remarkable ability to write with concise clarity, though the tales he spins are anything but straightforward.

A collection of six new holiday stories and favourites, like the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, from one of North America’s most beloved modern satirists.

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Feb 12, 2016

Simply ccould not get into this book. Many reviewers said it was very funny. I guess everyone's sense of humor is unique, and the author's is not like mine.

FindingJane Feb 01, 2016

The cover and title are deceiving, gulling you from the very start. It conjures the promise of egg nog, warming your feet by the fire, sitting down to chat with the grandparents and kids. Oh, you poor fools. Look closer. On the cover, that boy in the middle is in danger of sinking to his death beneath the ice. Danger, humiliation, death and disease lie within these covers. Enter if you dare.

The stories range from the wildly risible (“Santaland”) to the subtle horror of an ultimate case of keeping up with the Joneses (“Christmas Means Giving”). Mr. Sedaris’s deadpan delivery and queer way of digging into the rotten underbelly of the world are on full display here. If you’ve ever wanted an antidote to the treacly mess of the seasons, especially Christmas, expose yourself to this collection.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Dec 17, 2014

I loved the first essay, "SantaLand Diaries"! It will have you laughing out loud the whole way through. A few of the other stories fell flat for me, but overall a fun read.

Dec 19, 2012

Another book club pick, and well we were pretty split on it. Two of us listened to the audiobook and enjoyed it less than people who read the book. The audiobook just seemed a bit too slow, and not quite as funny. But apparently if you read this book it is great! My favourite story was definitely when Sedaris is a Christmas elf - I would be interested to know if this is actually a true story, or if it is fabricated. It is hard to tell because it is in his own voice, but other stories in this collection are so clearly not true, that I wonder about this one.

deborah2252 May 20, 2012

This book isn't very funny. It IS supposed to be funny isn't it? Much better cover photo than Barrel Fever, however.

ser_library Apr 09, 2011

each story is 10% too long

Dec 29, 2010

Sometimes I embarrass myself at how much David Sedaris makes me laugh! No exception here.

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