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Sedaris, David. HOLIDAYS ON ICE. Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Company, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 123 pages. Fine/Fine.

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 very 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 Edition is now rare. Furthermore, 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. Presents, in its true First Edition format, David Sedaris' 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 now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. 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 living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID SEDARIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0316779989. $100.00

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