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The Worst Noel: Hellish Holiday Tales

by Collected Authors Of The Worst Noel

Other authors: Mike Albo (Contributor), Louis Bayard (Contributor), Stanley Bing (Contributor), Roger Director (Contributor), Valerie Frankel (Contributor)14 more, Anne Giardini (Contributor), Cynthia Kaplan (Contributor), Marian Keyes (Contributor), Binnie Kirshenbaum (Contributor), John Marchese (Contributor), Symons Mitchell (Contributor), Catherine Newman (Contributor), Elizabeth Noble (Contributor), Ann Patchett (Contributor), Neal Pollack (Contributor), Joni Rodgers (Contributor), Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Contributor), Mitchell Symons (Contributor), Cintra Wilson (Contributor)

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Does the thought of mistletoe give you hives? Does the sound of jingling bells instill fear in your heart? Do you hide under the covers from the day after Thanksgiving till New Year's Day? And even if you love Christmas, do the hyperconsumerism, overindulgence, and tinsel-covered everything make you crazy? If you said yes to any of these questions, this is the book for you. You are not alone. Everyone has a Christmas-nightmare story to tell. Some of the best writers around have gone through some of the worst Christmases ever. Their tales of holly-draped horror are gathered here for your amusement, from NEAL POLLACK's Christmas-ham disaster to the accidental Santahood of JONI RODGERS to BINNIE KIRSHENBAUM's receiving what may be the worst gift ever given. And Stanley Bing gives us a peek at the lonely guy's Xmas feast. All this, plus many more recollections of Worst Noels past. So pour yourself a glass of eggnog, chisel off a piece of rock-hard fruitcake, and curl up in the big comfy chair by the fireplace where the stockings have been hung with such care -- and settle in to read The Worst Noel.… (more)
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This book makes your most rotten holidays seem nice and normal by comparison.

http://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-worst-noel-hellish-holiday-tales.ht... ( )
  nicolewbrown | Dec 2, 2016 |
Wanted these to be much much funnier than they were. ( )
1 vote wwrawson | Mar 31, 2013 |
Didn't finish it. The 'Hellish Holiday Tales' might be considered 'hellish', but only because they're incredibly dull. After the third completely uninteresting story and a quick flip through of the rest of the book, I decided to not even bother reading the rest. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Dec 19, 2011 |
This is a collection of essays about the worst Christmas experiences by the authors, most involving the uncomfortable mixing of families. Contributors include Anne Patchett, Louis Bayard, Valerie Frankel and Marian Keyes. Interesting to note that over half of the essays are written by Jewish authors who celebrated Christmas as children. I don't know if that's a rarity or not, but the majority of essays here are pretty funny in that too-many-people-crammed-into-a-too-tiny-house sort of way. ( )
1 vote mstrust | Dec 7, 2011 |
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Albo,MikeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bayard,LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bing,StanleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Director,RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frankel,ValerieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Giardini,AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaplan,CynthiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keyes,MarianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kirshenbaum,BinnieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marchese,JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, SymonsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Newman,CatherineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Noble,ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Patchett,AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pollack,NealContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Does the thought of mistletoe give you hives? Does the sound of jingling bells instill fear in your heart? Do you hide under the covers from the day after Thanksgiving till New Year's Day? And even if you love Christmas, do the hyperconsumerism, overindulgence, and tinsel-covered everything make you crazy? If you said yes to any of these questions, this is the book for you. You are not alone. Everyone has a Christmas-nightmare story to tell. Some of the best writers around have gone through some of the worst Christmases ever. Their tales of holly-draped horror are gathered here for your amusement, from NEAL POLLACK's Christmas-ham disaster to the accidental Santahood of JONI RODGERS to BINNIE KIRSHENBAUM's receiving what may be the worst gift ever given. And Stanley Bing gives us a peek at the lonely guy's Xmas feast. All this, plus many more recollections of Worst Noels past. So pour yourself a glass of eggnog, chisel off a piece of rock-hard fruitcake, and curl up in the big comfy chair by the fireplace where the stockings have been hung with such care -- and settle in to read The Worst Noel.

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