My recent blog post about short stories got me thinking about short stories with a holiday theme. One of the most unusual collections I've come across is Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. The book is a compact 134 pages and just 6 stories, but it provides a heaping dose of the author's wicked wit and sarcasm. There are many laugh out loud moments in Sedaris's observations of human behavior and popular seasonal culture; but be advised, this Sedaris collection isn't for everyone. Some readers may find his irreverence, language, and/or scenarios a bit over the top or offensive. Suffice it to say you either like Sedaris's humor or you don't.
With story titles like SantaLand Diaries, which describes the author's experience working as an elf at Macy's Herald Square flagship store and Dinah, the Christmas Whore, about the Sedaris family's encounter with a woman of questionable status, the author tells it like he sees it. These stories won't leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, but they are amusing. And if you shed a tear while reading this collection, it will be from laughter, not sentimentality.
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