Synopses & Reviews
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).
"He's the best there is."--Judith Newman, People
"A joy to read....Sedaris is a connoisseur of human nature at its worst."--Christopher Muther, Boston Globe
"Sedaris is certainly worthy of hero worship....He is a master pathfinder."--Mark Washburn, Charlotte Observer
"A writer comparable to Mark Twain or James Thurber. You have to go back a ways to find someone to compare David Sedaris with; his talent is so huge it just doesn't come around that often."--Melissa King, Raleigh News and Observer
"Sedaris's essays are written to be heard, so listen up-he just keeps getting better." -AudioFile Magazine
on DRESS YOUR FAMILY
"I love David Sedaris. I love his weird girlie-man voice and his weirder sense of humor. I love him even though his audio books nearly slay me. In fact, they would come with a warning: 'Remain still while listening. Do not attempt to operate heavy machinery or even use ordinary motor skills'."
-New York Post on BARREL FEVER
"Sedaris is the closest thing the literary world has these days to a rock star."--New York Times
"...Sedaris has as much fun as is humanly (or elfishly) possible in his behind-the-scenes look at this particularly American tradition of sitting on Santa's lap and asking for stuff...Part of the fun is hearing the reaction of the New Yorkers who have to wait in line, pay for Santa photos, and generally go mad in the Christmas frenzy that Macy's embodies. And Sedaris, never quite who he seems to be, has the nasty tone of his commentary down perfectly."--The News and Advance
This wonderfully subversive holiday gift package reprints Sedaris' deliciously acerbic short story "The Santaland Diaries" and combines it with two equally sardonic Sedaris Christmas classics plus an all-new holiday tale. For everyone who's had enough of the forced good cheer, family madness, and commercial overkill of Christmas, "Holiday on Ice" is the perfect antidote.
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!
About the Author
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 Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked,
and Barrel Fever