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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover; First Printing edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594487758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594487750
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.) (c)
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"[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

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I really enjoyed reading the very funny book.
gerald taylor
This book has a melancholic and nostalgic feel to it Yet it remains Hilariously funny for the most part.
Nonato R. Crespo
If you don't like to hang with those kind of people, then read Diana Gabaldon or anyone else but this.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Charles Wimer III on November 15, 2010
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If are a fan a Lewis Black, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Unlike his classic "Me Of Little Faith" (which ranks in my top 5 of all-time) -- Black Christmas offers a very personal side to Lewis with of course a mix of his impression on the yuletide season. It's a fast read, it is extremely funny in spots but most of all -- the reader gets a glimpse of the real Lewis Black.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on December 9, 2012
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For those expecting Lewis Black's take on the Christmas holiday filled with the rage that usually billows from this mouth, you may be disappointed. More than anything, this is a travelogue of Christmas Day for Black. There is nothing wrong with this presentation as it is wildly entertaining. On the other hand, it is not a "Black Christmas" so much as "Black's Christmas".

From the opening pages, readers will follow the author as he is convinced to write this book. Because the author is Jewish, the perspective is unique. Appropriately, the story begins with Black's apathy for Thanksgiving and continues the momentum until he reaches Christmas day. Wonderful meals fill the void in the life of a man without children of his own. Any why buy presents? This makes more sense than anything the author says in the book, which is not to say everything else is nonsense. Non-traditional families are documented as celebrating the holiday as well as any Christmas card picture.

The final pages follow Black's moving experience as he visits the troops in Iraq during the holiday season. First, it proves that you need not support the war to support the troops. Second, it seems it is in these pages that Black accidently catches a bit of the Christmas spirit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Myers on March 2, 2011
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I really enjoyed Lewis Black's last book so I had to read this one. In the beginning of the book he makes sure you understand that there is a good chance you might be offended by his views on Christmas and the holiday season, so he knows it is only for a certain group of people. It is a funny read and his style of comedy/speaking and sarcasm come across in writing well like his other book. Some parts were more of just him telling stories and not really trying to make you laugh. My favorite part by far was the last section in which talked about his work with the USO and doing shows at various bases in the Gulf. Even though this part took place during December, Christmas wasn't as much of the focus as in the rest of the book. I would love to read more about his time spent over there. You can feel about much he admires and supports our troops by the way he words his stories and refers to people as gentlemen or goes on about how gracious and friendly they are even though he made it clear he is not happy about the war.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hudak on November 21, 2010
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This was a great book. I have the audio version and I listened to it twice. Very funny how Lewis looks at the Holidays, much like me. HA, HA, Ha. We do blow Christmas way out of control and forget the real meaning of xmas. It not about expensive gifts, and how many you get. I will be listening to this every year to keep me in line about the Holidays.
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Lewis Black is no scrooge, but the mania that engulfs the American Christmas holiday makes his blood boil. This book has the format of 'Christmas with Lewis Black' as he experiences it, moment by moment, thought by thought. It is deeply personal, and he lays the shocking depth of his rage bare before you.

At several points, he attempts to relax, only to thwarted by the screams of children, who themselves want to relax, but who are dragged from uncomfortable place to uncomfortable place by their parents, who themselves want to relax; everyone loses in this scenario. He has sympathy for most people involved, but they nonetheless make him miserable.

If you have ever been infuriated by schmaltz and if you don't much like parades, but you can nonetheless enjoy the sensuous delights life has to offer you, and if you can handle a lot of foul language, this book may be for you.

If you're looking for something cutesy and "heartwarming", perhaps as a gift for a delicate relative, this book isn't for you.
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Believe it or not, Lewis is actually a happy guy. He expounds upon his anger on stage, and multiplies it for us to laugh. This book is proof. Not to say he's not funny anymore (he still is), but this rare (ok, since it's published, it's not really rare) look into his personal life. He frets about not having kids to further his genealogy into the unknown, and the sad tale of his ex-wife (!) who strung him along thinking he actually HAD a kid!

But Christmas, whether we like it or not, "has become a beast that cannot be fed." And I join his grumblings about how much of the calendar it's eaten up (hear it on "Anticipation"), and how people go insane on Black Friday. I could go on, but if you read the book, you might convert too ;-)

Regarding his USO tour with Lance Armstrong, he had this to say when he stopped in DeKalb IL a short while ago: Lance is a pr*ck, end of story. I'm summarising, of course, but you get the gist of it.
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I have enjoyed Mr. Black's comedy for years, and I agree with most of what he expounds..
I was not very informed on his everyday life, and the book gives you a small peek at it. This book has a melancholic and nostalgic feel to it Yet it remains Hilariously funny for the most part. If you're in the mood to expand your wit and enjoy some background on a very funny man. This is your chance to expand your social horizons.
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Lewis Black is a 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 has won a Grammy, an Emmy, the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Stand-up Comedian, and is a favorite guest of everyone from Larry King to Craig Ferguson to Conan O'Brien to the women of The View. He lives in New York City.

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