Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice

Featuring Six New Stories

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow"); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations ("Six to Eight Black Men"); what Halloween at the medical examiner's looks like ("The Monster Mash"); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry ("Cow and Turkey"). No matter what your favorite holiday, you won't want to miss celebrating it with the author who has been called "one of the funniest writers alive" (Economist).
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audiobooks, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781609411527
Additional Contributors: Sedaris, David

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godaddyo
May 08, 2015

I read this book every year around the holidays. Kind of surprised that some were a bit startled by the admittedly "cynical" (I'd say stringently satirical, but to each his own) of some of the stories. Any Sedaris reader should know sentimentality is rarely an aspect of his work. The Audio version (read by the author) is worth it if only to hear Sedaris' rendition of "Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer" as sung by Billy Holliday.

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ZenRuth
Nov 28, 2014

Santaland Diaries was funny, especially as I've worked retail. Bits of it bordered on the snide, but the other pieces were too cynical to be humorous. Nasty cracks about fat kids and sarcasm about parents in Christmas pageants isn't funny or even witty to me. Cheap shots as an excuse for humor is the last resort of the failed comic.

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kwehner1987
Nov 08, 2013

Definitely not my favorite of his, and I am a huge Sedaris fan. Although I do enjoy hearing his writing in his own voice, his attempts at fiction are awkward and mostly not funny. "Jesus Shaves," "Santaland Diaries," and "Six to Eight Black Men" were the only redeeming stories for me in this collection.

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dmburt
Aug 01, 2013

Not interested in finishing this one....
Sedaris has done much better!

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KBesserman
Jun 06, 2013

Not his best work.

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mclas
Aug 21, 2012

I'm a Sedaris fan and enjoyed the entertainment! Yes, cynical (maybe too much sometimes), but funny.

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JudithE
Nov 26, 2011

I really liked the story about taking a job as a Santa elf, but otherwise I found the stories too cynical, and I didn't finish the collection.

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