David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favoritesas 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).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
David Sedaris has no problem with tipping sacred cows; this collection makes Christmas the target of his corrosive wit. Tucking into everything from his tribulations as a department-store elf—in the essay that made him a breakout star when he performed it on This American Life—to the increasingly absurd yuletide one-upmanship of two neighboring families, Sedaris gleefully pokes holes in our holiday traditions. His oddly-adorable elfin voice and deliciously dry delivery make him the ideal narrator for these wicked, occasionally poignant twists on a fraught season. Once again, Sedaris proves that laughing helps alleviate stress.
David Sedaris is witty and charming
David Sedaris is witty and charning with just the right amount of cynisim.
diary of an elf is genius.
Bait and Switch
First story is narrated by Sedaris, but the rest of them have a saccharine female doing a pathetic imitation of Sedaris. She’s horrible. Only info on purchase was that is was narrated by Sedaris.