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Holidays on Ice: With Six New Stories Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Sedaris, David
ISBN: 0316078913     ISBN-13: 9780316078917
Publisher: Back Bay Books
    OUR PRICE: $11.69  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: October 2010
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Annotation: An anthology of humorous holiday tales and essays features excerpts from the author's "Barrel Fever" and "Naked," as well as "The Santaland Diaries," and "Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family."
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BISAC Categories:
- Humor | Form
Dewey: 813/.54
LCCN: 2013404391
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 7.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.25 lbs) 166 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's "This American Life." He is the author of the books When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and Barrel Fever.

David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's "This American Life." He is the author of the booksWhen You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and Barrel Fever.



Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1997 November #4)
Here are six Christmas tales sure to please readers new to humorist, playwright and NPR commentator Sedaris and likely to disappoint his devotees. The three best pieces are reprints from his earlier collections, Barrel Fever and Naked. In "Dinah, the Christmas Whore," young David's 18-year-old sister befriends a prostitute and brings her home one night during Christmas vacation. In "Season's Greetings," a housewife facing homicide charges keeps her loved ones up-to-date on the case in a detailed Christmas missive. In the hilarious "SantaLand Diaries," Sedaris relives his short career as a Macy's department-store elf. In this memoir, the flagship of the collection, we see Sedaris at his wide-eyed best as he takes the SantaLand name of Crumpet, falls for an elf-Casanova named Snowball (as do "three Santas and five other elves") and discovers the seamy underside of the Christmas industry. Compared to the fully realized "Diaries," his three new sketches look very thin indeed: a splenetic theater critic pans the season's local school pageants; a TV producer tries to convince an Appalachian congregation to let him buy the weird life story of one of its members; two grasping, well-to-do families sacrifice everything, including non-vital organs, to out-give each other at Christmas. Sedaris never makes these one-liners pay off. Still, flashes of his customary brilliance, particularly as the critic ("In the role of Mary, six-year-old Shannon Burke just barely manages to pass herself off as a virgin"), will keep this too-slim gift book from disappointing neophytes who find it in their stockings. (Dec.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)
For those dreading the holiday season, bestseller Sedaris (When You Are Engulfed In Flames) makes life a little easier with this re-release of his uproarious essay collection, newly expanded from the original 1997 edition. Sedaris gets the most mileage out of Christmas, from his stint as a Macy's elf in "SantaLand Diaries," to comparing American and Dutch holiday traditions in "Six to Eight Black Men." In "Jesus Shaves," Sedaris recalls a French class in which students try to explain to each other, in broken French, the concept of Easter: "on the Easter we be sad because somebody makes [Jesus] dead today." This updated version includes "The Monster Mash," poached from When You Are Engulfed, in which Sedaris spends Halloween at the morgue; and "The Cow and the Turkey," a new story featuring the Secret Santa woes of barnyard animals. Longtime fans will be happy to have all Sedaris's holiday stories in one volume, and those who've managed to miss the literary funny-man couldn't get a better gift. (Oct.)