Skip Nav
Summer Entertainment
All the Exciting Things We Just Learned About the Next Season of Scream Queens
The Vampire Diaries
According to The Vampire Diaries Pilot, Caroline and Stefan May Get Married on the Series Finale
Suicide Squad
See the Suicide Squad Cast in Action With the Official Pictures

Book Review: Holidays on Ice

Because he is one of my favorite authors, it surprises me how many people still don't know about the awesome hilarity that is David Sedaris. If you’ve never read anything by him, Holidays on Ice is a great introduction, and if you’re already a fan, now is a great time to revisit some of his older (and seasonal) work.

In this collection of essays, Sedaris alternates between his own dark and funny non-fiction and purely fictional holiday-themed humor. If you’ve ever resented that “perfect” family and their annual letters probably filled with half-truths, “Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!” is a highly satisfying read, presenting the downward spiral of the fictional Dunbar family in the form of their increasingly deteriorating annual Christmas letters. In “Santaland Diaries,” Sedaris describes his experiences working as a Christmas elf in a department store, highlighting in a funny/sad way how some parents view their kids as tiresome accessories.

To hear about my personal favorite essay,

My personal favorite, “Dinah the Christmas Wh*re,” is the story of how the Sedaris family found togetherness and Christmas joy when a prostitute named Dinah became their guest of honor. The essay is typical of the sort of dark innocence in Sedaris's writing, as though to say, “Just reporting the facts, folks! Isn't it crazy?!” Sedaris’ offbeat humor may not appeal to everyone, and in truth this isn’t his best work ever. (That would be a toss-up between Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day.). But as a quick-read during the holidays, this thin volume is the perfect treat.

Check out this review and lots of other great book reviews in The Book Club group!

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I love this book! Any fans of Sedaris should check out Augusten Burroughs. He's hilarious, too.
sunnydaysahead sunnydaysahead 9 years
I re-read this book this December and was surprised at how dark the Santaland Diaries were -- I had forgotten how bitterly he paints the whole scene of Christmas in Santaland. But it's a hilarious book, and whenever I start reading it to friends they always end up taking it from me and then buying/borrowing the book!
purpleisafruit purpleisafruit 9 years
I'm going to have to check this one out as well!
LizaToad LizaToad 9 years
vintage - laurie notaro is awesome. i love her self-depreciating humor
LizaToad LizaToad 9 years
i love dave sadaris, but somehow never read this one. i'm going to stop by barnes and noble right away. i alwasys look for his essays in the new yorker.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I enjoy listening to David Sedaris on NPR and reading his essays. I've especially enjoyed giving his books to my husband over the years; he may have the whole collection by now. We also think Me Talk Pretty is his best, but Holiday on Ice is fun to read again at the holidays.
la_clique la_clique 9 years
I give this one to somebody pretty much every Christmas. And I think Me Talk Pretty is the best, the France stories-esp the language classes make me LOL.
vintagesugar vintagesugar 9 years
I read this book when it first came out. It was the David Sedaris book I read. I had heard his commentary on NPR. He is hilarious. Another hilarious book about dysfunction at Christmas is An Idiot Girl's Christmas by Laurie Notaro.
Sylvia Plath Tattoos
Fall 2016 Books to Read
Best Nonfiction Books
Latin American Book Bucket List
Books Being Made Into Movies in 2016
Tiny Literary Tattoos
Books That Are Being Made Into Movies | Summer 2016

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Entertainment