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David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six 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. After reading the first short story I thought this was going to be a delightful book SantaLand Diaries after all had me rolling down the isle of the plane on which I was reading it Okay I was just giggling constantly with freuent bursts of loud laugher interspersed No rolling but still very humiliating on the whole At any rate I came home in a dither to read the other stories as well Ugh Appalling Not a single chuckle among them Worse they were gross often offensive and I don t get offended and even horrific at times It was beyond black humor to just being black dark dismal disgusting No humor there I was most sincerely disappointed The only other story that had even the slightest bit of resonance was Dinah The Christmas Whore and that was likely because it was also written from a personal experience Sedaris in this girl s opinion should stay very far away from writing fiction Can you say smug That s what I kept feeling about the author when suffering through the fiction stories I gave this two stars only for Santaland Diaries otherwise it d be a solid one for lack of a worse ranking

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Holidays on Ice

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 S. Holidays on Ice puts David Sedaris on ice Why Because aside from one inclusion this is a collection of short fiction where as when Sedaris is riffing on real life in his autobio journal work the man is on fireDavid Sedaris is best listened to rather than read in my opinion I always go the audiobook route with him because he narrates them himself adding in all the oh so necessary inflection as well as some hilarious renditions of his parents and one of my favorites Billie Holiday But here too is an issue Some of these shorts are not read by him but rather by guest narrators That s like casting Rip Torn as the evil yet somehow handsome villain in your movie and then replacing him with Rip Taylor because you thought it would liven things upJust one last gripe At least two of the half dozen ish stories in Holidays on Ice actually appeared in previous publications so this shit ain t even freshGo take a listen to Me Talk Pretty One Day Dress Your Family Up in Corduroy and Denim or When You Are Engulfed In Flames They re non fiction wellwith a bit of hyperbole thrown in for fun pieces about his life and they are comedy goldRating The short non fiction piece The Santa Land Diaries is of 4 star uality but the rest drags it down a notch

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Now; 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 Turke. Just the kind of book to get me into the spirit of Christmas no sarcasm intended


10 thoughts on “Holidays on Ice

  1. says:

    I feel weird reviewing this book right now because the honest truth is I really genuinely did not like it And yet I’ve been called out recently by a bunch of helpful strangers on Goodreads for not liking their favorite books—this asshole telling me I should avoid all literary fiction this one here saying that my proble

  2. says:

    To the tune of “Frosty the Snowman”Da vid Se darisWas a writer oh so drollWith a uirky style and take on lifeThat wil

  3. says:

    After reading the first short story I thought this was going to be a delightful book SantaLand Diaries after all had me rolling down the isle of the plane on which I was reading it Okay I was just giggling constantly with freuent bursts of loud laugher interspersed No rolling but still very humiliating on the whole At any rate I came home in a dither to read the other stories as well Ugh Appalling Not a single chuckle among the

  4. says:

    25 to 3 stars rounded up to 3 o

  5. says:

    Find all of my reviews at you follow my reading you’re probably wondering what the hell could have happened to make me rate a Sedaris selec

  6. says:

    Holidays on Ice puts David Sedaris on ice Why? Because aside from one inclusion this is a collection of short fiction where as when Sedaris is riffing on real life in his autobio journal work the man is on fireDavid Sedaris is best listened to rather than read in my opinion I always go the audiobook route with him because he narrates them himself adding in all the oh so necessary inflection as well as some hilarious renditions of his par

  7. says:

    I didn't find this audiobook engaging or funny I kept listening hoping it would get better and it's short Perhaps he's just not the author for me with the exception of last year's Calypso a book that I found excellent especially on audio

  8. says:

    Just the kind of book to get me into the spirit of Christmas no sarcasm intended

  9. says:

    I always get David Sedaris and Dave Eggers confused for some reason Until now I've never read anything by either

  10. says:

    In 2004 I was in a relationship where partner and I had very different ideas of what the holidays should look like He's all about family and one up manship in the category of who brought the most uniuepopular gift and who created the

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