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Holidays on Ice (Little, Brown and Company, 2008)

Everybody has their personal favorite Christmas “story fare” from Luke’s version of the birth of Jesus to T’was the Night Before Christmas to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. For the true-life narrator like me, the list likely includes David Sedaris’ account of his Macy’s elfin adventure in SantaLand Diaries, one of twelve stories in the 2008 version of Holidays on Ice.

The discovery of Sedaris by Ira Glass of This American Life eventually led to Sedaris’ reading of SantaLand Diaries on NPR’s Morning Edition on December 23, 1992, which catapulted the former elf to mega-fame, the illusive goal of every true-life narrator. Want to follow in Sedaris’ golden footsteps? Do yourself a favor this Christmas. While you’re out shopping, buy one more gift. Buy Holidays on Ice for yourself. With stories guaranteed to make you laugh, SantaLand Sedaris is stellar example of this art form!

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