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Holidays on Ice: Featuring Six New Stories | [David Sedaris]

Holidays on Ice: Featuring Six New Stories

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"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Greg east wenatchee, WA, United States 10-24-12
    Greg east wenatchee, WA, United States 10-24-12
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    "I can never get enough David Sedaris"

    This books is no exception to the level of popularity that the greatness of all other books David Sedaris has allowed him.

    While this one would probably be properly appreciated during the holiday season, (Late October through December) I have no repercussions in giving this book all the stars allowed.

    I purposely read and cherish Sedaris' books when they are read by the author himself (as this one is).

    This is one of the type of books that I could easily see myself listening to again and being equally satisfied by it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karltonwrites Huntsville, AL United States 05-22-12
    karltonwrites Huntsville, AL United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Mostly Repackaged Christmas Tales"

    I bought it for "Santaland Diaries" which I had never read, and it alone is worth the price of admission. The rest, to me, is just filler; I liked best the ones I'm already familiar with ("Dinah the Christmas Whore" and "Six to Eight Black Men").

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    Bruce United States 03-12-12
    Bruce United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing"

    Like several other reviews, I laugh myself sick with David Sedaris stories. However, this collection of stories just weren't that funny.

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    Floyd AURORA, CO, United States 01-23-12
    Floyd AURORA, CO, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sedaris' holiday winner"

    A short listen; some great fiction as well as Sedaris' timeless account of working as an elf at Macy's. For someone who's become jaded about the holidays, Sedaris really gave me something to laugh at.

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    OTDiva Saline, MI, United States 01-12-12
    OTDiva Saline, MI, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Holiday Snarkiness"
    What made the experience of listening to Holidays on Ice the most enjoyable?

    David Sedaris can either be hilarious or a bit cringe-worthy, but this book is almost entirely hilarious. Take care when listening while driving - there are parts so funny that I almost ran off the road!


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    Daniel New Berlin, Wisconsin, United States 01-10-12
    Daniel New Berlin, Wisconsin, United States 01-10-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "It's not Christmas without the Santa Land Diaries"
    Would you listen to Holidays on Ice again? Why?

    Yes, I love to hear about the Santa Land Diaries. Working in retail, the diaries, well maybe not 100% accurate, it catches a lot of peoples attitudes


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    Elizabeth MIDDLETOWN, CT, United States 12-27-11
    Elizabeth MIDDLETOWN, CT, United States 12-27-11
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    "Holiday Hilarity"
    If you could sum up Holidays on Ice in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, original, crative


    What did you like best about this story?

    This collection of Sedaris' holiday related stories is a laugh a minute. He takes everday events with which we are all familiar (eg a visit to Santa in Macy's or the holiday letter ) and presents unique perspectives on them. He is an original and creative humorist. I have most of his books and intend to get the rest!


    What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading makes the story more intimate and personal.


    Any additional comments?

    It would make a wonderful gift for those people in your life with whom you share laughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sally United States 12-26-11
    Sally United States 12-26-11
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    "Great story for the Holidays"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Holidays on Ice to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Because David Sedaris reads it in his own voice.


    What other book might you compare Holidays on Ice to and why?

    None come to mind


    Have you listened to any of David Sedaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, David Sedaris Has a great reading voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book to listen to during the Holidays. I love David Sedaris humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tami MEADVILLE, PA, United States 11-23-11
    Tami MEADVILLE, PA, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2011

    theatre lover

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    "Funny, funny, funny"

    These stories never fail to make me laugh out loud and with David Sedaris reading them...well, it just doesn't get any better!

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 12-26-08
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 12-26-08 Member Since 2003

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    "Not Funny"

    I never thought I could get through a David Sedaris book without over-working my abdominals from laughing too hard, but with this book I seem to have achieved that milestone.

    This book is seriously not funny. I suspect this may be somewhat related to the fact that it seems to be a commissioned anthology, but it fails to deliver the characteristic irony and that "we've all been there" identification so characteristic of Sedaris' work.

    I appreciate the sentiments of an earlier reviewer so I skipped the story about the visitor from Viet Nam - what little I did listen to was, plainly, awful, and not helped by the dramatic efforts of the reader. I had high hopes that the humor contained in rest of the anecdotes and episodes would compensate. But the remaining stories were a bleak disappointment.

    I hope this is just a glitch in the road for Sedaris, occasioned by the fact that he was forced to be funny for the holidays, and that his well of life experience and his ability to draw from that bounty have not run dry.


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