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3.00003057320176 out of 53.00003057320176 out of 53.00003057320176 out of 53.00003057320176 out of 53.00003057320176 out of 5 3.00 (54,623 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Sedaris Narrator: David Sedaris, Ann Magnuson, Amy Sedaris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781600244889
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David Sedaris’ 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’ tales of tardy trick-or-treaters, the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French, what to do when you’ve been locked out in a snowstorm, the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations, what Halloween at the medical examiner’s looks like, and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry.

This collection includes:

  • “Us and Them”
  • “Jesus Shaves”
  • “Let It Snow”
  • “Six to Eight Black Men”
  • “The Monster Mash”
  • “Cow and Turkey”
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Quotes & Awards

  • "...Sedaris has as much fun as is humanly (or elfishly) possible in his behind-the-scenes look at this particularly American tradition of sitting on Santa's lap and asking for stuff...Part of the fun is hearing the reaction of the New Yorkers who have to wait in line, pay for Santa photos, and generally go mad in the Christmas frenzy that Macy's embodies. And Sedaris, never quite who he seems to be, has the nasty tone of his commentary down perfectly. The News and Advance
  • Holidays on Ice now returns with a full bounty of entertaining stories at a remarkable low price. The six stories not in the original edition include tales about Halloween, secret Santas, and the difficulties of explaining the Rabbit of Easter to the French. Buy it; you deserve a laugh.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Christmas tales sure to please readers new to humorist, playwright, and NPR commentator Sedaris.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] satisfying sampler.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “As always, Sedaris’ best work is his sharply observed nonfiction, notably in ‘Dinah, the Christmas Whore,’ the tale of a memorable Christmas during which the young Sedaris learns to see his family in a new light. Worth the price of the book alone is the hilarious ‘SantaLand Diaries,’ Sedaris’ chronicle of his time working as an elf at Macys…Along the way, he paints a funny and sad portrait of the way the countless parents who pass through SantaLand are too busy creating an Experience to really pay attention to their children. In a sly way, it carries a holiday message all its own. Read it aloud to the adults after the kids have gone to bed.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 2/12/2014

    " The book that made me a Sedaris fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah Taylor | 1/20/2014

    " As someone already cynical about the holiday season, this book is the perfect companion to an observant and exhausted mind during the most wonderful time of the year... or maybe it's not, come to think of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanu | 1/12/2014

    " This is the first book I listened to by David Sedaris and I wasn't impressed. It had such a depressing tone in such festive season. I don't think I will ever listen to or read this book again. I will try listening/reading his other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tortla | 1/10/2014

    " Evilly funny holiday stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 1/7/2014

    " This is a very funny book...it had me rolling. I'd definitely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/4/2014

    " David Sedaris is just hilarious. I read the newest addition of this book for our bookclub, so there are some added chapters. The first couple of chapters follow the Christmas theme. Everything from Sedaris' experience as a department store elf in Santaland to annual Christmas letter. If you need a light, entertaining read to boost your mood for the holidays, then this is your book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 12/30/2013

    " Loved Sedaris' narration! The last disc had me laughing out loud in my car on my way home from work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 12/30/2013

    " The usual form of humour you'd expect from David Sedaris with quite a few great laugh-out-loud moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn Golling | 12/24/2013

    " It's a 5/5 because I read it every Christmas. I can't wait till I have have grand kids and grandma can get drunk and read the stories out loud. Totally appropriate and way more interesting than "The Night Before Christmas". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 12/23/2013

    " This is a hilarious book of short stories. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a laugh and anyone who appreciates David Sedaris' unique sense of humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonya Norris | 12/11/2013

    " Not one of his best but gotta love the Macy's elf piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keller | 12/8/2013

    " Some books lends themselves to being listened to. This is, by far, one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thanh | 12/6/2013

    " Great book, hilarious as always and a quick read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clara | 12/5/2013

    " lightly entertaining. Some of the characters were so neurotic they made me nervous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Clark | 8/9/2013

    " Good holiday collection of short stories by author. Very funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/1/2013

    " This one is a mixed bag. The tales of working as an elf at Macy's (SantaLand Diaries)are good, as are a few of the other stories. Some of the others (Christmas Means Giving, for example), however, are sick and disturbing. I like dark humor, but not that dark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curt | 6/25/2013

    " Hysterical. The Christmas elf story is just one of the funniest things I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serena | 6/2/2013

    " "Dinah th Christmas Whore" is positively wonderful. I read this book every year to remind me that there is a place for cynisism, world-weariness, and quasi-hoplelessness during the holidays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 1/19/2013

    " Cleverly written. Each story is witty and funny but not cheesy at all. The story about the mother explaining her family has a shocking ending though. Keep an eye out for that! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandy | 12/15/2012

    " Not my kind of sense of humor. Pretty rude, crass & did not put me in the holiday spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/9/2012

    " It's David Sedaris....need I say more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre | 6/17/2012

    " "Santa Land Diaries" was well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikal | 6/9/2012

    " pee-in-your-pants funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria McElroy | 5/9/2012

    " I will read ANYTHING he writes. He's clever, funny, and just a master craftsman of words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat C | 12/24/2011

    " While the stories from Sedaris' own life are more like his best stuff, satirical pieces overreach. All in all, any Sedaris is a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Filip Tha Toole | 12/19/2011

    " 5-stars for SantaLandDiaries, this story alone was absolutely priceless. It needs to be made into a holiday Xmas special. Would rank right up there w/ A Christmas Story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Anne | 5/31/2011

    " If you need some funny holiday stories....here you go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Brandano Cusick | 5/22/2011

    " December is the perfect month to read this. Short, but classic stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaynol | 5/21/2011

    " Hilarious! And a good way to get through the holidays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Light | 5/16/2011

    " Santaland is one of my absolute favorite Sedaris stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent | 5/16/2011

    " It doesn't get any funnier than this. A must-read during the holidays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Darling | 5/15/2011

    " A perennial favorite, and one that makes an excellent hostess gift/stocking stuffer! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clara | 5/14/2011

    " lightly entertaining. Some of the characters were so neurotic they made me nervous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle | 4/28/2011

    " I loved this book. I love him but mostly for this book. I read Naked and I was not as much of a fan but this one was great. Hilarious and sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 4/26/2011

    " funny, but not his best stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kizz | 4/23/2011

    " As usual Sedaris is laugh out loud funny. So funny I couldn't stop reading when my stop came on the train so I read for the whole walk home. Brilliant! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 4/20/2011

    " The usual form of humour you'd expect from David Sedaris with quite a few great laugh-out-loud moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 4/12/2011

    " This is the first and only David Sedaris book I have read. It had me laughing out loud! He read one of these stories in which he does an imitation of Billie Holliday on NPR. He does an amazing imitation of her! :) I will be reading more David Sedaris in the future. "

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About the Author
Author David Sedaris

David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively through Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in England.

About the Narrators

Ann Magnuson is an American actress, performance artist, and nightclub performer who first gained prominence in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. The New York Times described her as “an endearing theatrical chameleon who has as many characters at her fingertips as Lily Tomlin does.”

Amy Sedaris has appeared frequently on screen, both large and small. She is co-creator, with Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello, of Comedy Central’s hit show Strangers with Candy and half of the Obie-winning “Talent Family” playwright team, with her brother, David. Amy lives in Manhattan with her imaginary boyfriend, Ricky, and her pet rabbit, Dusty.