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The Book You Have To Read: 'Holidays On Ice'

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Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin recommend Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris (Back Bay, $8.95).

Who hasn’t wondered what life is really like for an elf? Always in the shadow of Santa, it’s an unregulated profession, the pink elephant of the North Pole. And Macy’s. Leave it to the courageous David Sedaris, risking libel and burned bridges, to bring elves to the forefront of a story…. Mr. Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries,” from his collection Holidays on Ice, takes us behind the glazed smiles and forced positivity of Santa’s little helpers to expose the dark underbelly of Christmas. These hilarious stories have served as a beacon for us and are the priceless salve for a crappy day at the office.

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the authors of The Nanny Diaries, published by St. Martin’s.