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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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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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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-26-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-26-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "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!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-02-13
    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A refresher before meeting the author"

    I had tickets to see David Sedaris and I was brushing up on some of his older books to refresh my memory beforehand. As always, a delightful listen. I've read all of his books, but I much prefer listening to him read them. The very best part of this book is that he sings in the voice of Billie Holiday. It's one thing to read the story and the words say, I sang a commercial jingle in the voice of Billie Holiday. It's a whole other thing to actually hear him sing a jingle like Billie Holiday. Brilliant!!!

    I'm a huge fan of David Sedaris and would recommend all of his books. And if you have a chance to see him perform, even better. Not only is he funny, he's also very nice. When he signs your book, he looks directly at you and asks you questions, then writes something personal just for you. When I saw him recently, he stayed and signed books until one in the morning. He looked exhausted, but he was gracious and engaging.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Whittier, CA 12-06-11
    Dave Whittier, CA 12-06-11 Member Since 2011

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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    "Best When In SantaLand"

    If you're not ready for Department Store Christmas Carolers or Mall Santas, plug Holidays On Ice into your ears. Sedaris generally does an excellent job of pointing toward the madness of the holidays, without feeling like a Grinch.

    The opening story "The SantaLand Diaries" is about Sedaris working in a Department Store as an elf, and if you've ever experienced a certain frustration (along with Charlie Brown) about the commercialization of Christmas, or Christmas being pushed on you, this story is a can't miss.

    The rest of the stories weren't nearly as much fun for me. "Seasons Greetings" and "Christmas Means Giving" in particular ended felt overly mean and cruel.

    That said, others, like "Dinah, The Christmas Whore," and "Six to Eight Black Men" were genuinely amusing. I wouldn't call "Monster Mash" fun, but it was incredibly well written.

    (There are more stories in this edition than in the previous version. Personally, I think the additional stories are welcome.)

    I suspect, like "A Christmas Carol," I'll make listening to "The SantaLand Diaries" and some of the stories an annual tradition.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy United States 08-24-12
    Cindy United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I am a fan"

    As the title proclaims I love Sedaris. I find his humor engaging and insightful. I will take on anything with his name on it. Lucky for me, his books have been wonderful. He is subtle and droll. I do not know who to compare him to. Try one of his books. I think you will love his stories. He reads his own material. He has an engaging voice and is one of the few who I think are able to read their own material to good effect. Usually my heart sinks when I see that the author is reading the book. Not so with Sedaris. His reading is part of "the act."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Best 09-06-10
    A. Best 09-06-10 Member Since 2015

    Gift Subscription for my lovely wife.

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    "Funny stories"

    The stories are funny but some a bit cruel which makes it a little hard to listen to - but if you like Sedaris, it's VERY Sedaris.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Rock Falls, IL, United States 06-12-13
    Leah Rock Falls, IL, United States 06-12-13

    Young Adult and Brit Lit aficionado.

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    "Six Not-Quite-New Stories"
    If you could sum up Holidays on Ice in three words, what would they be?

    hilarious, scandalous, worrisome


    What did you like best about this story?

    David is a great story-teller and is self-deprecating and proud all in one go.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Being a Christmas elf.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    These stories are great, but they are not all new. They have been in other publications.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Kelch 02-28-15
    Paula Kelch 02-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this !! Sedaris flexes his writing muscles!"

    Reaching through words stars not yet discovered!
    His stories always end at his beginnings and visa versa! Songs to my ears and my own North Carolina experiences!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia 02-25-15
    Sylvia 02-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Santaland diaries are the best part"

    I bought this audiobook because of the Santaland diaries which I really liked but after that he just has a lot of stories that are just made up rather than personal accounts from his history or about his family etc. which are my favorites. The extra stories on the end are already available on other audiobooks so those weren't special either. I love David Sedaris but I'm not sure if the Santaland diaries were worth $15 in an audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HRD Kansas City 01-13-14
    HRD Kansas City 01-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Funniest delivery imaginable"
    Would you listen to Holidays on Ice again? Why?

    Yes. It never fails to make me laugh.


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

    Naked.


    Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favorite?

    David Sedaris.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate the letter story. It is cruel and insufferable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 02-03-13
    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "David Sedaris never disappoints"

    It is hard for me to be unbiased when it comes to reviewing David Sedaris's work as I am a huge fan. As always, entertaining, especially in a Winter holiday context. I also love that David always narrates his books which makes them especially enjoyable.

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