"The SantaLand Diaries", "Dinah, the Christmas Whore", and "Season's Greetings Greetings to our Friends and Family!!!", all previously published stories, have been joined by a trio of equally charming newcomers.
A network television executive strong arms the congregation of a small Pentecostal church in "Based on A True Story". "Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol" finds a bitter local theater critic savagely attacking the various holiday plays and pageants presented by the area's elementary schools. And finally, in "Christmas Means Giving", two competitive families celebrate the season by giving the gift of themselves.
©1997 David Sedaris; (P)1997, 2001 Time Warner AudioBooks
Sedaris is now one of my favorites! This is going to be a new Holiday tradition. We have all begun to hear "HO HO HO" in a new and exciting way.
Enjoyed the book very much. It reminded me of my first job and similar experience. I will look forward to reading and / or listening to more David Sedaris books.
I found this -- enjoyable -- no big laughs. The first story as an elf is the kind of story that makes you grin -- sometimes with shame. He shows the dark corners of us all. The character David Sedaris writes is xenophobic, cynical, sarcastic... etc
People are like this and that makes you laugh -- or just grin.
The second story is even more so. Although the end left me somewhat in shock.
Spooky, scary, against the stream.
The third set of stories was more ammusing than the second. Again, the main character is showing all of our dark corners. Lust for money, looking for a job... not your everyday christmas stories. Some of the characters actually gave me the shivers -- it scares me that some of them do actually exist.(check out Borat in case you doubt this)
I love David Sedaris but this was weaker than I expected. His career as a Christmas elf was great. Went downhill from there (until his rendition of Silent Night). If you're looking to try something, go with 'Corduroy and Denim' or 'Me Talk Pretty' first.
I love David Sedaris this was my first book of his..I own everything he has written now...your welcome
People who are far more cynical than me.
There was nothing uplifting. I've never read anything by this author and I knew this might be a little darker than typical books I'd read, but there was just nothing good about this book through the first 3 chapters so I abandoned it. He's a good writer and narrator, but its just not my cup of tea.
He did great, but the story was depressing.
Looking for some light holiday humor? This isn't it. Since when do we find humor in the sexual abuse and murder of children?
He was fine, disliked other narrators.
Family newsletter. Had to stop.
Trying to exchange this one asap!
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