Holidays on Ice

December 26, 2008

Author: David Sedaris
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Little Brown

Started: 12/25/08
Completed: 12/29/08

Karen gave me this book for Christmas. It’s a collection of short stories, anchored by the famous tales of Sedaris’ work as a santa’s elf at Macy’s in New York City. I first heard these tales when Sedaris’ was a guest commentator on NPR and I’ve been a fan ever since. The story is a new classic and Sedaris is a very funny fellow.

Harry, Revised

June 17, 2008

Author: Mark Sarvas
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Started: 6/17/08
Completed: 6/22/08

I didn’t know much about this one as I started it, but I did know that the author is a blogger. It advertises itself as “moving and darkly comedic” and I think meets that test. Not a bad little book.

Skid

June 7, 2008

Author: Rene Gutteridge
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Started: 6/7/08
Completed: 6/10/08

This novel presented itself as something of a screwball comedy, set on an airliner, with many different characters. And a pig. That’s right: another pig.

What I missed when I scanned the cover information was that this is a “christian-themed” novel. It is a basic light-reading story but one in which most of the characters either draw on their strong christian faith to get through difficult situations or discover the lost faith of their youth as they work through the situations in the novel.

It strikes me as contrived. Otherwise, a light read.

On Kingdom Mountain

April 5, 2008

Author: Howard Frank Mosher
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Started: 4/5/08
Completed: 4/9/08

I have read, and enjoyed, at least one other of Mosher’s books, so I thought I’d take a chance on this one. It is set in northern Vermont (a favorite place) in about 1930 and has action, romance and comedy. A very good book. It will lead me to seek out more of Howard Frank Mosher!