Holidays on Ice: Stories

by David Sedaris | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0316779237 Global Overview for this book
Registered by KateKintail of Burke, Virginia USA on 8/13/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by KateKintail from Burke, Virginia USA on Thursday, August 13, 2009
Picked this up at work. One of my coworkers was getting rid of it and I knew I could find a home for it through BookCrossing.

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.....

I'd heard and read about half (maybe two-thirds?) of these stories before in other Sedaris works. But it was just after the holidays and I sort of wanted to hang onto the spirit of the season, so this caught my eye on my To Be Read bookshelf. It was a great collection of shorts. I prefer his nonfiction to his fiction, but all the stories made me chuckle at least once. My favorites are the first, in which David relates his experiences as a Macy's elf (his version of this told on This American Life is priceless), and the last, in which we really discover what the season is about: giving (only taken WAY too far LOL).

Not my favorite of Sedaris' books, but a fun, short read and definitely a great idea to put all his holiday stories together in a collection because I know I'll be giving it to more than one person as a gift next year. heehee!

Journal Entry 2 by KateKintail at Arlington, Virginia USA on Saturday, August 15, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (8/15/2009 UTC) at Arlington, Virginia USA

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Handing this off to a fellow BookCrosser at a meetup. I hope you enjoy it, melydia!

Released for Never Judge a Book by its Cover Challenge week 32 (bad weather- ice/snowflakes in picture)

Journal Entry 3 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, August 15, 2009
Picked this up at today's BC in DC meetup at Ballston Mall in Arlington, Virginia. This is one of the few Sedaris books I haven't read - thanks!

Journal Entry 4 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I am taking this on my vacation to Japan. If I finish reading it before I return, I will release it there. I'll write further journal entries/release notes when I get back.

Journal Entry 5 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, March 21, 2010
Since I haven't read Barrel Fever, all but one of the stories in this collection were new to me, and I really enjoyed them all. Some of them were more weird than funny, but there were enough laugh-out-loud moments to make up for the bits that fell short of awesome. I especially enjoyed the Santaland Diaries, about Sedaris's stint as a Macy's elf, and Front Row Center, which is basically what would happen if a theater critic started covering elementary school Christmas pageants. Definitely recommended, but not if you're feeling too sentimental about the holidays. Sentimental is one thing this book definitely is not.

Journal Entry 6 by wingmelydiawing at Yuzo Yamamoto Memorial Museum in Mitaka / 三鷹市, Tokyo-to Japan on Monday, March 22, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (3/22/2010 UTC) at Yuzo Yamamoto Memorial Museum in Mitaka / 三鷹市, Tokyo-to Japan

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Left on a bench near the entrance. We stopped here on our way back to the train station after visiting the Ghibli Museum, which was absolutely fantastic.
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