I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas

I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas

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by Lewis Black
     
 

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From Lewis Black, the uproarious and perpetually apoplectic New York Times-bestselling author and Daily Show regular, comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas.

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace on earth and goodwill toward all. But not for Lewis Black.

He says humbug to the Christmas tradtitions and

Overview

From Lewis Black, the uproarious and perpetually apoplectic New York Times-bestselling author and Daily Show regular, comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas.

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace on earth and goodwill toward all. But not for Lewis Black.

He says humbug to the Christmas tradtitions and trappings that make the holiday memorable. In I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas, his hilarious and sharply observed book about the holiday, Lewis lets loose on all things Yule. It's a very personal look at what's wrong with Christmas, seen through the eyes of "the most engagingly pissed-off comedian ever."*

From his own Christmas rituals—which have absolutely nothing to do with presents or the Christmas tree or Rudolph—to his own eccentric experiences with the holiday (from a USO Christmas tour to playing Santa Claus in full regalia), I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas is classic Lewis Black: funny, razor-sharp, insightful, and honest.

You'll never think of Christmas in the same way.

*Stephen King

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Vituperative standup comedian Black (Me of Little Faith) delivers a caustic Christmas diatribe. Warning readers to ignore the book if they have a deep attachment to Christmastime, he notes, "This book contains, like the celebration of Christmas, only 2 percent religion. Think of it as the yuletide equivalent of low-fat milk." After recalling how he argued with the editor who urged him to write a Christmas book, Black delivers a full-scale Scrooge-styled screed. With chapters such as "Meditations of a Jewish Santa," "The Hooker at Rockefeller Center," and "The Carol from Hell," he rips into such seasonal traditions as Christmas cards, dinners, toys, advertising ("a primal scream of sales"), shopping ("Why don't you folks wait until the 26th of December when things are the cheapest?"), trees ("something magical about a Christmas tree all dazzled up in lights... almost as breathtaking as a hooker gone wild in spangles"), carols ("A shower is a place for singing, and on Christmas, it's where you should be caroling"), and gifts: "At Chanukah we get nothing. We don't even get stockings." With digressions on the human comedy and his personal life, Black spews forth much invective, but successfully exposes societal truths with riotous ripostes. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"[With] plenty of Black's trademark rants."
New York magazine

"[A] sweet and surprising take on the yuletide season."
USA Today

"Riotous."
Publishers Weekly

"That's some endearing sh*t there."
—Punchline Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142428559
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"[With] plenty of Black's trademark rants."
New York magazine

"[A] sweet and surprising take on the yuletide season."
USA Today

"Riotous."
Publishers Weekly

"That's some endearing sh*t there."
—Punchline Magazine

Meet the Author

Lewis Black is the hugely popular and New York Times bestselling author, stand-up comedian, actor, and playwright. Besides appearing regularly on The Daily Show (in his own segment, "Back in Black"), he has written and starred in a string of successful HBO and Comedy Central specials and one-man Broadway shows. He's won a Grammy, an Emmy, and an American Comedy Award. Born near Washington, D.C., Black graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama.

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I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Fan4SFGiants More than 1 year ago
Lewis Black's views on Christmas couldn't be better than Dickens! Lewis Black's views on Christmas and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and why Christians are obsessed with the holiday and Jews get nothing for Hanukkah are brilliantly discussed here.
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feist-e More than 1 year ago
Reading Lewis Black is almost as good as seeing him in person. And, in addition to regaling us of his Christmas Day visits, he shows his softer side as he describes traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 2007 USO Christmas Tour. Thoroughly enjoyed him, as usual, and the peek inside the USO tours for the military.
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hoyboy-books More than 1 year ago
I read this over new years, after being totally exhausted with all of the Christmas commercialization that started around Halloween here in the Philadelphia area. I was totally turned off by Christmas advertising this year for some reason, and reading this book was just what I needed. I felt that Lewis Black was talking directly to me.. If you feel this way,then read this book, and maybe you'll feel that Lewis Black is speaking directly to you toooo!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written as only Mr. Black can do, this book about Christmas written by a self professed "Jewwwww" is at times grouchy, campy, and heartwarming. He is one of my favorite grumpy old men, and this book bears that out. The ending material will delight and surprise...touching, but still rife with Lew-isms!
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