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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).
©2008 David Sedaris; (P)2008 David Sedaris
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-14-16

OH LITTLE ELF, OH LITTLE ELF

I'M GOING TO HAVE YOU FIRED!!
Santaland Diaries is one of the funniest holiday routines ever. I like my comedy dry, so keep that in mind. This used to play every year on NPR on Christmas Eve, so they approved. If you don't like your comedy dark, you may not like this and especially the rest of the stories which get very dark. If your from JASPER'S BREATH, KENTUCKY, collect PRE-COLUMBIAN SOFA BEDS, or eat a lot of INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH LASAGNA you might want to skip this. I also loved 6 to 8 Black Men, Let it Snow, Us and Them and Christmas Means Giving.

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By C. Telfair on 06-26-12

Add a touch of Bitter to your Holiday Sweet

What a tradition-- right up there with "It's a Wonderful Life," "A Christmas Carol," and "Christmas Vacation".
Many Christmas stories are sugar sweet, but, if you like a little spice with your sweet, include David Sedaris in your yearly holiday experience. "The Christmas Elf' is one of the funniest, most irreverent, and most memorable of listens.
Sedaris may not be for everyone, but if you sometimes appreciate the cynical side of holiday cheer, try this.
And do it for his absolutely unique, creakie little voice!

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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