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    • Publication date:06 Jul 2006

Santaland Diaries

By David Sedaris

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*A collection of personal essays - surprising, disarming, heartbreakingly funny - from the No. 1 bestselling writer Time named America's Favorite Humorist.

Santaland Diaries collects six of David Sedaris's most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last-minute coaster or ice-scraper. This drinking man's companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the back seat of a police car. It should be read with your eyes, felt with your heart, and heard only when spoken to. It should, in short, behave much like a book. And oh, what a book it is!

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  • ISBN: 9780748123070
  • Publication date: 05 Aug 2010
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David Sedaris
Authors:
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Da Capo Press

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Da Capo Press

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Authors:
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Authors:
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