Title: HOLIDAYS ON ICE - Rare Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Company, 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 123 pages. Published in 1997. The author's third collection of essays and short stories. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The initial reviews were unfavorable, but the book developed a cult following, and the book has been reissued innumerable times ever since. The First-State DJ cover shows Santa Claus urinating in a public toilet, an image that offended a lot of people, forcing the publisher to replace it with the much safer image of a drink on the rocks for all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now rare. Presents, in its true First Edition format, David Sedaris' "Holidays On Ice". His imperishable holiday classic. All of the pieces are Christmas holiday stories and misadventures, the Darker Side of the lighter side of the greatest holiday in the world, from the point-of-view of the then-struggling, jobless, and impoverished David Sedaris. "SantaLand Diaries", Sedaris' account of his time working as a SantaLand elf at Macy's Department Store, remains one of his most beloved pieces. It captures what Christmas has become in America in a way that most Americans say it has become, but have not been able to put into words with the same poignance, irony, and humor as Sedaris has: A vast commercial rip-off/enterprise, as countless parents take their kids to "SantaLand" day after day to create "The Spirit of Christmas" Experience. It can be read again and again without losing any of its bite. "You are not a dancer. If you were a real dancer, you wouldn't be here. You're an elf, and you're going to wear panties like an elf" (Macy's Elf Trainer to David Sedaris). An absolute "must-have" title for David Sedaris collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing/First State DJ (With Santa Claus Urinating) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Sedaris is a genuine rarity among superstar-writers: He spends time with every single person who has taken the trouble of going to his reading and waiting patiently in line to get his or her book signed. He writes lengthy, personalized inscriptions to those who want them and has been known to sign into the wee hours of the morning. Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings and have major flaws because they were read over and over again. A rare copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID SEDARIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0316779989. Bookseller Inventory # 18141
Synopsis: Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris's most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last-minute coaster or ice scraper. This drinking man's companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the backseat of a van or police car. It should be read with your eyes, felt with your heart, and heard only when spoken to. It should, in short, behave much like a book. And, oh, what a book it is!
Review: Holidays on Ice is a collection of three previously published stories matched with three newer ones, all, of course, on a Christmas theme. David Sedaris's darkly playful humor is another common thread through the book, worming its way through "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" a chipper suburban Christmas letter that spirals dizzily out of control, and "Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol," a vicious theatrical review of children's Christmas pageants. As always, Sedaris's best work is his sharply observed nonfiction, notably in "Dinah, the Christmas Whore," the tale of a memorable Christmas during which the young Sedaris learns to see his family in a new light. Worth the price of the book alone is the hilarious "SantaLand Diaries," Sedaris's chronicle of his time working as an elf at Macy's, covering everything from the preliminary group lectures ("You are not a dancer. If you were a real dancer you wouldn't be here. You're an elf and you're going to wear panties like an elf.") to the perils of inter-elf flirtation. Along the way, he paints a funny and sad portrait of the way the countless parents who pass through SantaLand are too busy creating an Experience to really pay attention to their children. In a sly way, it carries a holiday message all its own. Read it aloud to the adults after the kids have gone to bed. --Ali Davis
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