Sunday, May 25, 2008

Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris was originally published in 1997. My hardcover copy is 137 pages. Most of the stories in this short collection have been included in other books by Sedaris. In certain stories, I find Sedaris' humor wildly hilarious and I picked up Holidays on Ice specifically for the SantaLand Diaries, but I enjoyed this whole collection.


"Situated in Raleigh's first shopping center, her cafeteria was a clubhouse for local senior citizens who might spend an entire afternoon huddled over a single serving of rice pudding." pg. 73

"In an effort to save money, my family had decided to try something new and draw names. This cruel lottery left my fate in the hands of Lisa, whose idea of a decent gift was a six-pack of batteries or a scented candle in the shape of a toadstool." pg. 78

"The only bright spot in the evening was the presence of Kevin 'Tubby' Matchwell, the eleven-year-old porker who tackled the role of Santa with a beguiling authenticity. The false beard tended to muffle his speech, but they could hear his chafing thighs all the way to the North Pole." pg. 97

"For those of you who don't know me, my name is Jim Timothy and, as you've probably gathered by my full set of God-given teeth, I'm not from around these parts." pg. 103-104

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