I think the people who gave this book a bad review didn't understand it. This is a collection of famous writers telling about their WORST Christmas. It's not labeled anywhere on the book as humor. Some of the stories are funny-there were a couple that made me laugh out loud. But the majority of them aren't. They aren't supposed to be. Some of them are sad. That's the point. They're all pretty short. The stories written by non Christians were my favorite because they gave great insight for what the holiday season in America is like for someone who doesn't celebrate Christmas. Personally I'm not a big fan of Christmas so I really enjoyed this collection of stories because it shows I'm not the only one who feels the way I do.
A collection of essays about the worst Christmas ever. Some funny, some sad, and a several about how the holiday season is survived and celebrated by those who aren't Christian.
Depressing---let's blame the holidays for everything wrong in our lives.
First I think I should explain this is not a cozy series nor a comedy straight thru as some prior reviewers have assumed, but true holiday accounts of authors who were willing to share their stories. Lets face it some holidays just don't live up to our expectations. Everyone has that one particular year that they'd like to forget. Here are 18 famous author's stories of their worst "Hellish Noel". Some will make you chuckle, some will have you saying, "I knew if they invited both families that was going to happen", & some might bring a tear to your eye. I didn't find the book depressing at all as a couple other reviewers did. This is the author's true lives. Just as in all of our lives nothing always goes as planned so it is as in theirs. I loved that each author shared their lives with me. The stories were short, each completely different. All can leave one with food for thought if you keep an open mind about the type of book you are reading. Everyones human. We all live thru trials. These authors just shared some of their most "Hellish Holiday Tales" about their's and I enjoyed that I spent the time reading them.
Simply aweful. None of them were funny or even tried to be. It was just basically these long boring essays. Maybe the paid the writers by the word.