Overview from Barnes and Noble:
David Sedaris's 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's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow"); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations ("Six to Eight Black Men"); what Halloween at the medical examiner's looks like ("The Monster Mash"); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry ("Cow and Turkey").
No matter what your favorite holiday, you won't want to miss celebrating it with the author who has been called "one of the funniest writers alive" (Economist).
I think the audio book I listened to may have been abridged, because I did not hear all of the tales listed in the summary, but I did hear the Sedaris's story bout being an elf for Macy's one year for Christmas. I have read and heard that story talked about before and was interested to see how it played out. I purposely time my family visits to Santa for less busy times and we go to the least busy mall because I don't want to get stuck in the whole Christmas nightmare of visiting Santa. While we have always had friendly helpers on our visits, the elves from The Christmas Story are how I always picture Santa's helpers at picture places.
I enjoyed this one more than Barrel Fever, but I am still not sold on his work. I have two more books to listen to, one of which will be re listening to Me Talk Pretty One Day which will be interesting to see if I have different thoughts on it as it has been 5 or 6 years since I read it for a book club.
- ISBN-13: 9780316078917
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Publication date: 10/20/2010
- Pages: 166