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).
I read “Holidays on Ice” for a book club selection, and there wasn’t one among us who was disappointed with the book, In fact, our discussion got loud and laughter-filled when going over some of the finer, funnier chapters in the book. This is not a continuous narrative, but a collection of stories, focusing primarily on Christmas. I highly recommend it, especially around the holidays. – Librarians Rule
I love David Sedaris. There is no one that can bring the reader right into the next awkward situation the way Mr. Sedaris can. Don’t read this book while your significant other is trying to sleep because they will be awakened by fits of uncontainable laughter. – Bookworm
Sedaris is a genius. A great read, like all of his books. You can easily pick this book up and put it down, all of the chapters are essentially their own story. Great for a commuter or anyone who doesn’t have the time or doesn’t want to sit down for long periods to read. – M
David Sedaris has a wry humor that doesn’t miss the foibles and shortcomings of everyday life. No one is exempt from his scathing commentaries. The holidays, which tend to bring out the best and worst in us, are a wide playing field for Sedaris’ humor. – Karen
The writer is witty and sarcastic in all the right places. His tongue and cheek look at Christmas is fabulous. I normally am not a fan of short stories but this is a must read. I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of his prose. My favorite is the newsletter written for family members and friends. – D.A. Montero