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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Shannon's Review - Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Summary: Short Essays about the holidays and family from David Sedaris.

My Thoughts: It is hard to pick one set of stars for a book that is full of different essays. I would give some of the essays 4 stars, others 3, and maybe even some 2s. If I look at the book as a whole, I liked it. There are a few stories that stick out -- like Santaland Diaries (about Sedaris' stint as an Elf at Macy's Santaland in NY) and Six to Eight Black Men (about how the Netherlands celebrates Christmas with "black peters"). All of the stories share Sedaris' wit, and some star people who probably belong on Santa's naughty list. I enjoyed the stories that were about Sedaris and his family more than the ones that were not.

Apparently this book had been released before, just with less stories. But I read the version that came out this year.

About the Author: David Sedaris is known for his many humorous short stories and essay books. He also wrote a play with the same name as an essay in this book: Santaland Diaries. His most recent new release was When You Are Engulfed by Flames.

A thank you to Miriam Parker from Hachette Book Group, who gave me a copy of Holidays on Ice to review.


Yan said...

Definitely read some of his other books. This book to me was one of his worst.

Alyce said...

I actually stopped reading this book because it wasn't my cup of tea.