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Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us Paperback – October 10, 2008

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"(Festivus is) hilariously captured in this new book, just in time for Festivus season." -- Star Magazine

"(Salkin) chronicles Festivus's absurdity and purity...the funniest thing about this book is that everything in it is true." -- --January Magazine

"A top holiday hit." -- New York Post

"Examines the history and appeal of the anti-holiday...inspired." -- --The Standard

"Festivus is cheap, funny, and irreverent." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Just what the holiday season ordered." -- --The Journal News

"Stuff stockings with this one before you partake in the airing of grievances and/or feats of strength." -- The Stamford Advocate

"The essential Festivus book." -- --The Times of London

"The perfect stocking stuffer... Salkin finds people who take the holiday to new heights." -- Tampa Tribune

"This hilarious book about the fictional holiday is nondenominational... unless you consider 'Seinfeld' your religion." -- Cargo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Allen Salkin's writing has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Yoga Journal, and his article "Fooey to the World," which was the basis for this book, was one of the most-read articles of the year. He lives in New York City and teaches Journalism and Writing at NYU.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; NULL edition (October 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446540668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446540667
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marshall Poe on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have in my paws a brand new copy of Festivus. It is very, very funny. I especially like the fact that the tone is wry (the author knows a bit too much about Festivus, and he knows he knows too much). The editorial comments--particularly under the picture of the poor cat with the lion cut--are very welcome indeed. Lord knows why people celebrate Festivus, but this book shows that they really do. Read all about it. Also, the book would make a good gift for people you like but doen't want to spend much on. Obviously, Seinfeld fans will eat it up.
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As anyone who has seen the Seinfield episode entitled, "The Strike," knows, Festivus is, was and will always be a holiday invented by George's father as a reaction against the commercialization of Christmas. For me and thousands (probably not tens of thousands), it has struck a chord and every December 23rd, we make sure the aluminum pole is up while we list our grievances and test our strength.

Allen Salkin has done a fantastic job of combining the lore and myth of Festivus with the truth and background of this mysterious, now-not-so-fictional holiday. (It turns out that some the co-creators of that particular Seinfeld episode had some family history around this important addition to the Winter Solstice calendar!)

As Festivus gains in popularity and contributions to the Human Fund overflow, I predict that this book will be a key addition to the religious doctrine of this solemn holiday.

Final disclosure/correction -- While I have some grievances, I never told anyone that I wanted my wife to get rid of her stuffed Tigers!
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Festivus isn't just a holiday book, it is a cult classic. Forget about buying holly and a wreath this year, just get this book and your whole idea about the holidays will transform into something hilarious. Seriously, this book will make you cry with laughter and could end all of your "holiday blues".
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My friends and I always talked about having a Festivus party and thought we were the only ones original and subversive enough to attempt it, but as Allen Salkin thoroughly reveals, we were not. Turns out, people all over the country have been celebrating Festivus since the Seinfeld episode aired, adding their own uniquely hilarious twists on the 3 essential elements of the holiday; the pole, the airing of grievances, and the feats of strength! The book is packed with enough accounts and images of Festivus revelers nationwide to turn even the steeliest reader onto its low-budget charms. I received the book as a Secret Santa gift at work (ironic, no?) and am spreading the gospel to my two brothers, who will both find this tight little tome tucked into their respective stockings this holiday season.

And in the spirit of Festivus, Three Grievances:

1. Gypsies don't excite me the way they used to.

2. The girl across from me looks better in her denim mini.

3. My boss's refridgerator smells like a rancid bait shop.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about Festivus, and some stuff you would rather not know (nail impaled shrimp anyone?). Entertaining text and photographs, weird kind of scary drawings. Brings up some interesting ideas about religious celebration in general. Heck who knows, in 200 years Festivus might be as big as Halloween. Makes excellent bathroom reading.
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Seriously, you'll need to be wearing a Depends (make that two) whilst reading this book! Allen Salkin and Jerry Stiller make a great comedic duo. After I read the book I read Allen Salkin's blog- this guy is hilarious! I am totally going to have my own Festivus party now. I need to train for thumb wrestling (read the book and you'll understand) Festivus for the rest of us!
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Allen Salkin shows us the many ways that Frank Constanza's holiday has become such an important event for growing numbers of people every year. The author shows that Festivus is so much more than simply Feats of Strength and Airing of Grievances. The books offers recipes and other hints to help enjoy the best Festivus ever. This book is a sure fire hit, a hilariously wry treatment of a pop culture phenonema, one that that will help Festivus continue to thrive. The only thing missing is The Festivus Pole which, apparently spawned by the author's book, is now for sale at "TheFestivusPole" with the entire package you'll be sure to enjoy a Festivus Miracle.
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Being a fan of the 90s hit show Seinfeld, I remember the episode that introduced the concept of `Festivus". A holiday that was an alternative to the fuss from the holiday season full of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza, a celebration around a aluminum pole, where one got to air out grievances, and pin the host in "feat of strength" competition.
This concept was presented by the character of Frank Costanza, George's father.
In this book, Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us: `Tis the season to air your grievances... by Allen Salkin which has a forward by Jerry Stiller (Frank) spells out the ins and out of this holiday.
There are even recipe to make delicious treats, and inside on finding the best pole and how to air out those grievances.
The book is written in a tongue and cheek style but the author goes to some great lengths to show case examples of followers of this tradition. As he notes, "everything in this book is 100 percent true. This is all real.
A fun read and perfect for anyone who wants to start a celebrating "Festivus" - the holiday for the rest of us.
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