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I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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—New York magazine
"[A] sweet and surprising take on the yuletide season."
"That's some endearing sh*t there."
—Punchline Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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He better start writing again as I've about run out of his books. ;-)
Me of Little Faith is by far and away one of the best books he's written. Not simply because it's funny but more because it gives you some insight into how the man thinks.
He prefaces this 2010 book by saying, "I want you to know that for those of you who have a deep attachment to the season that runs from Thanksgiving to Christmas, or an emotional connection to stores that sell Christmas stuff all year round, don't read this book... This book has nothing to do with you, or with those of you for whom this holiday is one of the cornerstones you rest your life on. You'll just make harrumphy noises when you read it. You won't laugh. And you'll end up hating me. I don't need that. This book is really for the rest of us." (Pg. 9)
Noting that he is Jewish, he states, "I may have been brought into Christian households to celebrate the festivities, but I am not a part of them. Christians don't seem to get it why [Jewish people] don't just embrace Christmas. Well, it's because WE DON'T BUY THE STORY! We don't believe a special infant was born and that he was the Son of God, and that story is the reason all of you Christians aren't Jews. So we are put off a little by all of the hoopla, which is perfectly understandable when you people do it, but it still makes us cringe a little." (Pg. 17-18)
He says, "I admit that there is something magical about a Christmas tree dazzled up in lights... It gets to me. Maybe it's just that having a Christmas tree makes a living room just a little cozier. But I think it goes deeper than that. Maybe it's the sense of rebirth that the lights give to a very dead (or very artificial) tree.Read more ›
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.
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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As fine a writer as he is a comic. I've heavily underlined. Great quality edition.Published 2 months ago by Angelique973
just finished Lewis Black's, "I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas" and it was a good read. Without giving too much away, Lewis takes you through a typical Christmas Day. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. Morrison
Meh. What a waste of a book. A whole book about one day? Really not necessary. And now I have no interest in picking up his other books. So there's that. It was just pointless.Published 11 months ago by Elyse
I adore Lew. He has an anecdote for every negative & positive situation, He covers everything political and beyond. Funny how he puts things. Rippin!Published 12 months ago by Pat Ludwig