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Friday, January 2, 2015

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris~★★★

Author: David Sedaris
Title: Holidays on Ice
Release Date: October 1, 2001
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Abridged edition
Genre: Fiction/Non-fiction

Audiobook cover: "Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris's most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last-minute coaster or ice scraper. This drinking man's companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the backseat of a van or police car." 

Taryn's Review: I was really excited to obtain a copy of this right before Christmas. I had to spend a few hours in the car on my trip home for the holidays, so I figured what better way to pass the time than by listening to David Sedaris.

I was thoroughly entertained with Sedaris's essay on his time as a Christmas elf at Macy's in New York City. Sedaris painted a very vivid picture of what life is like for a Christmas elf, and the interactions between himself and other elfs, visitors, and the Santas provided some laughs.

Sadly, the rest of the book didn't grab my attention in the way the initial essay did. I was actually a little disturbed by one of the essays about a family dealing with a Vietnamese step-daughter, an unexpected grandson, and a less-than-sane mother; nothing about that story was particularly Christmas-y other than the fact that the mother was writing her Christmas letter and did some Christmas shopping.

Again, I really wanted to love this book the way I have other Sedaris works, but something was missing here for me. Of course there are avid Sedaris fans who might argue that the essays fall in line with Sedaris's style, but I was just wanting more light-heartedness and laughing than I actually experienced while listening. I adored When You Are Engulfed in Flames so no doubt I'll gladly pick up another Sedaris work. This one just didn't appeal to me as well as the others have.

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