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I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas

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Publisher Comments:

From Lewis Black, the uproarious and perpetually apoplectic New York Times-bestselling author and Daily Show regular, comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas.

For most people, Christmas is a time of peace and goodwill. But most people are not Lewis Black. Like Dickens's most famous curmudgeon, Black says Humbug! to carols, holiday dinners, Christmas trees, decked halls, and boughs of holly. In I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas, he dares to celebrate the holiday season the only way he knows how: by letting loose on all things Yule.

From Thanksgiving, when the holiday really begins, through Christmas Eve, when Black takes a moment to determine who in his life has been naughty (nearly everyone), to the saga of his annual visits to friends and their families every Christmas Day, the comedian reveals his most harrowing and hilarious holiday moments, not only inspiring laughter but also bringing into focus the true reason we gather together at this time of year.

All new, and sure to delight fans both new and old, I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas is an instant holiday classic: funny, razor- sharp, the insightful, and quintessential Lewis Black.

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"Vituperative standup comedian Black (Me of Little Faith) delivers a caustic Christmas diatribe. Warning readers to ignore the book if they have a deep attachment to Christmastime, he notes, 'This book contains, like the celebration of Christmas, only 2 percent religion. Think of it as the yuletide equivalent of low-fat milk.' After recalling how he argued with the editor who urged him to write a Christmas book, Black delivers a full-scale Scrooge-styled screed. With chapters such as 'Meditations of a Jewish Santa,' 'The Hooker at Rockefeller Center,' and 'The Carol from Hell,' he rips into such seasonal traditions as Christmas cards, dinners, toys, advertising ('a primal scream of sales'), shopping ('Why don't you folks wait until the 26th of December when things are the cheapest?'), trees ('something magical about a Christmas tree all dazzled up in lights... almost as breathtaking as a hooker gone wild in spangles'), carols ('A shower is a place for singing, and on Christmas, it's where you should be caroling'), and gifts: 'At Chanukah we get nothing. We don't even get stockings.' With digressions on the human comedy and his personal life, Black spews forth much invective, but successfully exposes societal truths with riotous ripostes. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

From Lewis Black, the uproarious and perpetually apoplectic New York Times-bestselling author and Daily Show regular, comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas.

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace on earth and goodwill toward all. But not for Lewis Black.

He says humbug to the Christmas tradtitions and trappings that make the holiday memorable. In I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas, his hilarious and sharply observed book about the holiday, Lewis lets loose on all things Yule. It's a very personal look at what's wrong with Christmas, seen through the eyes of "the most engagingly pissed-off comedian ever."*

From his own Christmas rituals—which have absolutely nothing to do with presents or the Christmas tree or Rudolph—to his own eccentric experiences with the holiday (from a USO Christmas tour to playing Santa Claus in full regalia), I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas is classic Lewis Black: funny, razor-sharp, insightful, and honest.

You'll never think of Christmas in the same way.

*Stephen King

Synopsis:

From the comedian and New York Times bestselling author comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday- Christmas.

In his hilarious book about the biggest holiday of the year, Lewis Black lets loose on all things Yule: from how the holiday is celebrated to the traditions that drive him nuts; from being cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in a tour of A Christmas Carol to celebrating the holiday with his ex-wife during their short-lived (and disastrous) marriage. Here, Lewis recounts the annual seasonal insanity he has endured in his funny, razor sharp, insightful, and honest style.

About the Author

Lewis Black is a New York Times-bestselling author, stand-up comedian, actor, and playwright. Besides appearing regularly on The Daily Show (in his own segment, "Back in Black"), he has written and starred in a string of successful HBO and Comedy Central specials and one-man Broadway shows. He has won a Grammy, an Emmy, the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Stand-up Comedian, and is a favorite guest of everyone from Larry King to Craig Ferguson to Conan O'Brien to the women of The View. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594487750
Author:
Black, Lewis
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Holidays - Christmas & Advent
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20111101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
5.25 x 5.25 in 1 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Vituperative standup comedian Black (Me of Little Faith) delivers a caustic Christmas diatribe. Warning readers to ignore the book if they have a deep attachment to Christmastime, he notes, 'This book contains, like the celebration of Christmas, only 2 percent religion. Think of it as the yuletide equivalent of low-fat milk.' After recalling how he argued with the editor who urged him to write a Christmas book, Black delivers a full-scale Scrooge-styled screed. With chapters such as 'Meditations of a Jewish Santa,' 'The Hooker at Rockefeller Center,' and 'The Carol from Hell,' he rips into such seasonal traditions as Christmas cards, dinners, toys, advertising ('a primal scream of sales'), shopping ('Why don't you folks wait until the 26th of December when things are the cheapest?'), trees ('something magical about a Christmas tree all dazzled up in lights... almost as breathtaking as a hooker gone wild in spangles'), carols ('A shower is a place for singing, and on Christmas, it's where you should be caroling'), and gifts: 'At Chanukah we get nothing. We don't even get stockings.' With digressions on the human comedy and his personal life, Black spews forth much invective, but successfully exposes societal truths with riotous ripostes. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,

From Lewis Black, the uproarious and perpetually apoplectic New York Times-bestselling author and Daily Show regular, comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas.

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace on earth and goodwill toward all. But not for Lewis Black.

He says humbug to the Christmas tradtitions and trappings that make the holiday memorable. In I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas, his hilarious and sharply observed book about the holiday, Lewis lets loose on all things Yule. It's a very personal look at what's wrong with Christmas, seen through the eyes of "the most engagingly pissed-off comedian ever."*

From his own Christmas rituals—which have absolutely nothing to do with presents or the Christmas tree or Rudolph—to his own eccentric experiences with the holiday (from a USO Christmas tour to playing Santa Claus in full regalia), I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas is classic Lewis Black: funny, razor-sharp, insightful, and honest.

You'll never think of Christmas in the same way.

*Stephen King

"Synopsis" by ,

From the comedian and New York Times bestselling author comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday- Christmas.

In his hilarious book about the biggest holiday of the year, Lewis Black lets loose on all things Yule: from how the holiday is celebrated to the traditions that drive him nuts; from being cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in a tour of A Christmas Carol to celebrating the holiday with his ex-wife during their short-lived (and disastrous) marriage. Here, Lewis recounts the annual seasonal insanity he has endured in his funny, razor sharp, insightful, and honest style.

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