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Buzz Book Club, Holidays on Ice

Buzz Book Club: Holidays on Ice, Section One

Hello, Buzz Book Club readers! David Sedaris is so freaking funny. I'm really glad I chose this book because it requires me to take time out of these increasingly stressful days to pause and laugh. Also, I kind of love bursting into laughter while reading in a public place, like a bus. This is becoming a frequent occurrence.

Anyway, here's a recap of how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in December). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next assignment: Read the next two stories: "Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" and "Dinah, the Christmas Whore." We'll chat about this section a week from today, Dec. 19.

To discuss the first section of Holidays on Ice, in which we read the first story, "SantaLand Diaries,"


  1. Would you (could you) ever be a SantaLand elf at Macy's?
  2. If you could take that job, what would your elf name be? I might go with "Burpy."
  3. Sedaris explains to his interviewer that he's interested in the elf job because it's the scariest job he could think of. What's on your scariest jobs list? I always look at the window washers scaling the walls of the downtown skyscrapers here and think about how scary that job is.
  4. Did you die of laughter when he described a kid peeing on the display?
  5. Do you like having the curtain lifted on the mall Santas or would you prefer to keep the memory intact?
  6. Have you ever had a job in which "the customer is always right?" Do you have just as many horror stories regarding crazy or awful customers?
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