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Sedaris, David. HOLIDAYS ON ICE: WITH SIX NEW STORIES, INCLUDING ONE NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED. Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Company, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 166 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

New and Expanded Edition of the author's third collection of essays and short stories. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in this edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. Published in a regular first print run as a hardcover oriignal that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition Thus is now very scarce. Presents, in a handsome new edition, all of the now-classic stories originally published as "Holidays On Ice" (1997), plus six new, full-fledged pieces. Christmas holiday stories and misadventures, they tell 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). A "must-have" edition for David Sedaris completists. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen-marker on the title page by David Sedaris. The recipient is named. Sedaris' specimen handwriting on this copy is one of the nicest we have ever seen - clean, legible, and sharp - precisely because he wrote an inscription, which other dealers and collectors misguidedly label as less collectible when the exact opposite is the case: The more an author leaves of himself on the page, the more collectible the copy is. And 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 (which are "circle-around-the-block" long) to get his or her book signed. We do not know of another American writer who sincerely bonds with (rather than keeps his distance from) his readers as Sedaris does. This edition is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Edition Thus/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. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID SEDARIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0316035904. $100.00

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