For many, it has become a holiday tradition to gather around whatever audio output device everyone now uses and listen to writer and humorist David Sedaris read the essay that made him famous: SantaLand Diaries. First read by Sedaris on NPR in 1992, SantaLand Diaries recalls Sedaris’ experiences the two years he was employed by Macy’s as a Christmas elf. With grim humor and dead-on observations, SantaLand Diaries set Sedaris on a trajectory of becoming one of America’s foremost humor writers.
There’s a lot to love about this time of year. Holidays, friends, family, hopefully some time off of work. But there’s a lot to hate. Stress, bad weather. That’s why we picked Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris as our Book of the Month.
Nobody willingly bares all for the sake of comedy like David Sedaris. Using the mundane and self-deprecation to shine a light on the oft-buried quirkiness of human existence, Sedaris knocks essay after essay out of the park.