Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
An anthology of humorous Christmas tales and essays features excerpts from the author's "Barrel Fever" and "Naked," as well as "The Santaland Diaries," "Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family," and a new tale of holiday mayhem

Hachette Book Group
Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris's most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last-minute coaster or ice scraper. This drinking man's companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the backseat of a van or police car. It should be read with your eyes, felt with your heart, and heard only when spoken to. It should, in short, behave much like a book. And, oh, what a book it is!

Baker
& Taylor

Gathers six of the humorist's funniest holiday stories, including "The SantaLand Diaries," the National Public Radio commentator's acclaimed account of working as a Yuletide elf at Macy's. By the author of Naked. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Back Bay Books, 1998
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780316779234
0316779237
Characteristics: 134 p. ; 18 cm

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Yoo_hoo5
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.

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tegan
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

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ajax33
Dec 29, 2010

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

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