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Publisher's Summary

Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris's most profound Christmas stories into one volume. 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.
If the very thought of Christmas makes you want to run screaming for a wig or yarmulke, consider including David Sedaris's new and updated Holidays on Ice in your disguise kit. It's light, portable, and easy to hide behind a tallis or foot-long beard. And now with six additional holiday-themed stories, including one never before published, it is the ideal companion with which to pass long hours beside the menorah.
Even if you take it straight-up Christian, if you choose to spend the holidays glazing hams, say, or baking cookies shaped like hobos, you will find this audiobook indispensable. Here is the timeless "SantaLand Diaries," which immortalised the struggle of department store elves the world over. Here is "Dinah, the Christmas Whore," in which the Sedaris family opens its heart to an unexpected, almost Mary Magdalene-like visitor. No matte what your favourite holiday, you won't want to miss celebrating year-round with the writer Entertainment Weekly has called "the preeminent humorist of his generation."
©2008 David Sedaris (P)2008 Hachette Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim Vaughan on 12-18-13

The subversive, funny, absurd side of Xmas

David Sedaris is subversive, funny, absurd and dry, and this book mostly about Christmas has some priceless gems, but I wish I'd started with one of his others first.

Having heard his live readings on BBC radio, I have come to love his wonderful and often poignant observations on the absurdities of life. His humour never fails to make me laugh, and reminds me of Tom Lehrer, with an absurdist twist. From the politics of being one of Santas Elves at Macy's to the difficulties of explaining the Easter bunny to a Muslim in French, or his fascination with autopsy reports, this book has some priceless and delicious stories.

So, why only 4 stars?

Some of the stories, (such as the Dunbar family Christmas circular), are certainly more poignant than funny - almost tragic, and his brilliant but biting cynicism sometimes left me feeling deflated. (He is at his best when being autobiographical, and with a live audience).

However, I think for me it is because this is a "collection" of assorted stories on a theme, rather than a whole book, which left me wishing I'd started with one of his more complete audiobooks.

That aside, I am off to buy another, and probably many more after that, for he is a rare talent, with an astute eye for Homo absurdus, and a genius for expressing that in humour. Don't be put off by his voice. Once you get used to his style, his delivery is impeccable, and his timing and inflection certainly add to the humour of the writing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dyana on 12-23-12

David Sedaris is brilliant, as usual

I picked this up, knowing David Sedaris from his "appearances" on This American Life. It's a great, funny, and insightful look into life from David's point of view. He's brilliant reading his own work, so much so, I think it's probably better to buy the audio book, than the printed book. Great listen for any lover of the absurd.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sergiu Pobereznic (author) on 09-14-15

Loved it

I will start by saying that I am now a fan of Sedaris after finishing a second book by the author.
This book is a cynical, dark, sarcastic, satirical collection of stories about the family oriented holiday season from the dysfunctional perspective of David Sedaris.

One story is about Mr. Sedaris applying for a job at Macy's store, New York to work as an elf during the Christmas season. Having experienced Macy's store during this period and reading about the author's time there working as an elf, made the reading doubly funny.
Another of the stories I laughed at just by reading the title: Dinah, the Christmas Whore.
Some of the tales are quite violent, but, somehow still weirdly comical.
I will definitely be reading more of his work.
Sergiu Pobereznic (Amazon author)

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