Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris

Title: Holidays on Ice
Author: David Sedaris
ISBN: 0316035904
Pages: 176
Release Date: October 8, 2008
Genre: Essays
Rating: 4 out of 5

I’ve heard some great things about David Sedaris. I’ve seen some interviews with him that were painfully funny and I’ve been enjoying my audiobook of Barrel Fever, though I’m only one hour into the three hour book. This is a long way of saying that Holidays on Ice was the first book I’ve actually read by David Sedaris.

So did it live up to the hype? Well, it depends on which stories you’re talking about. Santaland Diaries? Hilarious! Season’s Greetings to Our Friends and Family? Eh. Christmas Means Giving? Unbelievably funny.

Basically, Holidays on Ice is like any other story collection: some stories are better than others. Some had me laughing out loud multiple times, others had me impatient to get to the next story. What’s unique about it is David Sedaris’ sense of humor. He has that biting and witty character that makes you want to keep reading, yet you almost feel bad for laughing. (At times, you definitely feel bad for laughing – some of the things he say are so wrong. But so funny!)

Sedaris is definitely not for the easily offended. He sometimes uses crude humor. But the bottom line is that he really is very funny. Books don’t make me laugh out loud very often, but Sedaris has me cracking up left and right. Like I said, not all the stories of all the same quality, but generally they are very funny. This holiday collection is great for any Sedaris fan, or for anyone who wants a short introduction to his work. Holidays on Ice is small and very easy to read, so if you are trying to decide whether you want to give his larger books a try, this is probably a good book to pick up!

A big thank you to Miriam @ Hachette for sending me this book to review!


  1. Jesus Shaves had me crying from laughing!

    PS I just emailed you because you won The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society over at my blog as part of the Novel Adventures Giveaways!

  2. I listened to this book and thought it was great. You’re right some of the humor is crude, but it made me laugh. The story that I didn’t really get was The Cow and the Turkey, but it was short.

  3. I am a fan of Sedaris. I am about to start WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES. I have read NAKED and DRESS YOUR FAMILY… both very funny

  4. I absolutely love David Sedaris. His books have blurred together a bit for me at this point, but I recall laughing a lot during Me Talk Pretty One Day.

  5. I have read so many good reviews šŸ™‚
    But as with any book of shorts, there is always some you like better than the other stories šŸ™‚

  6. This was the first Sedaris book I’ve read; I imagine I’d be laughing until I cried if I listened to an audiobook or saw him perform live.

    I liked the stories that had a root in truth, such as SantaLand Diaries and Let It Snow. The really “out there” stories (Based on a True Story and Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family) didn’t do it for me.

    My review is here.

  7. I read “Me Talk Pretty One Day” a while ago, and found many of the essays hilarious. I’ve also recently discovered that he often contributes to NPR’s “This American Life.” Really fun stuff.

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