Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
“Holidays on Ice” is not really summary-able, since it is a collection of humorous stories in the vein of most of David Sedaris’ work. As you might guess, this one focused primarily on holiday-related stories. Most, but not all, were Christmas-centric, including Sedaris’ hilarious recitation of his time working as an elf for a department store Santa.
Any time you want to read David Sedaris, I will always suggest that you listen to the audio. Sedaris reading his own work is quite entertaining, but Sedaris on paper seems to lose something for me. Being able to hear his interpretation is simply invaluable.
All of that said, “Holidays on Ice” was not my favorite Sedaris. He was on form, and his stories about his own life were hilarious as always, but there was an additional component to this work I haven’t seen in some of his other books. In addition to humorous memoir, there were also some pieces that were simply written as darkly humorous bits. These sections dragged. Sedaris’ work is funny because it is about him. These additional pieces – a faux Christmas letter written by a woman having a terrible year and a ‘sermon’ by a television producer wanting to create a mini-series based on a small town’s Christmas miracle – felt like they were trying too hard. Perhaps those pieces actually would have worked better as the written word, since I like to hear Sedaris relate his own story.
Sedaris’s pieces were quite funny, but not my favorite of his work. Always opt for audio with him!