I reread Holidays on Ice every year around the holidays. I'm a huge fan of David Sedaris, and it wouldn't be Christmas without his dark humor!
Most of the stories in this book are too risque to use in the classroom, but the story, "Us and Them" (with a Halloween setting), would make a wonderful nonfiction pairing with Bradbury's, "The Pedestrian." Also, "Jesus Saves" would make a great story to pair with teaching tolerance or to use in a foreign language class as long as you black out the last line!
Book Club Discussion Questions:
1. Overall, did you enjoy Sedaris's style of humor?
2. Did you like the way Sedaris mixed fiction with nonfiction? If you have never read any of this other books, was it easy for you to pick up on?
3. Which story was your favorite and why?
4.Which story was your least favorite and why?
5. Did the stories put you into more of a holiday spirit or less so?
6.How does Sedaris use satire to spread universal messages related to the holidays?
7. Did any of his stories make you consider changing your own holiday habits?
8. Do you think Sedaris highlights something sad about the holiday season, or is he just being cynical?