SantaLand Diaries. I was in a coffee shop looking through the want ads when I read, “Macy’s Herald Square, the largest store in the world, has. ‘Santaland Diaries’ contains six of David Sedaris’ most profound Christmas stories, from Dinah, the Christmas Whore to Season’s Greetings to our Friends and. Writer David Sedaris is back reading from his “Santaland Diaries.” It’s the story of his time as a Macy’s elf.

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That’s what she told me. To ask other readers questions about SantaLand Diariesplease sign up. There’s the Santa who really, really thinks he’s Santa. Quotes from SantaLand Diaries. There were for sure some really funny observations, comments and thoughts, but on the whole I found the humour in this collection out of non-fiction stories rather monotonous than sparking-refreshing.

Dec 04, Elizabeth rated it liked it. The back cover of the book inaccurately labels this as memoir, when in fact only two of the six stories are auto-biographical — and, tellingly, those two are the only ones I really enjoyed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The first time I read this I was literally doubled over on the floor giggling helplessly with tears running down my face.

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His voice adds so much to this already funny story. The people who want photos, don’t want photos, the special children, the bold children, the spoiled children – but the ones that struck a chord with me were the ones who cracked jokes thinking they were completely unique, like the adults who would laughingly ask Santa for a BMW, a new husband, or a wife with bigger boobs.

Although some of the framing devices are good, I felt if you took them away there wasn’t that much left, and in particular nothing insightful.

Much of Sedaris’ humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, homosexuality, and his life in France with his partner, Hugh Hamrick. I thought I reviewed this but I guess I forgot.

Mantello’s adaptation has since become a seasonal staple of regional, college and high-school theatre. His name was Olympus. Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris 1 19 Aug 24, I wish he would stick to memoirs. I highly recommend you listen to Sedaris read the Santaland Diaries aloud. You can find it in the “This American Life” archives.

As ofhis books have collectively sold seven million copies. The ones who crack a smart joke and think they’re the first person to ever come sfdaris with it.

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Santaland Diaries

That’s what I thought before thinking less. There we Really this book is viaries 2. And that’s why I keep on reading the Diaries. I’ve tried to read this short story before, when I wasn’t familiar with David Sedaris. Those of us that are close to them know the “real story”. Dec 30, Debra Golden rated it it was amazing.

So, boo hiss for me.

Santaland Diaries – This American Life

Return to Book Page. Archived from the original pdf on He used to work on the other side of the road, advertising sddaris a shopping mall. It is a humorous account of Sedaris’ stint working as a Christmas elf in “Santaland” at Macy’s department store.

Views Read Edit View history. Dec 11, Matt Weir rated it it was amazing. You will never look at Christmas the same after exploring Sedaris’s amazingly funny but somewhat dark world. I wish this book had been longer!

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