The Dreaded Feast: Writers on Enduring the Holidays (Hardcover)

Writers on Enduring the Holidays

By Taylor Plimpton (Editor), Michele Clarke (Editor), P. J. O'Rourke (Introduction by)

ABRAMS, 9780810982659, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

December 2009 Indie Next List

“Those of us who approach the holidays with more trepidation than glee finally have a holiday book to call our own! Humor writers both classic (Robert Benchley, Corey Ford, James Thurber) and contemporary (David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Dave Barry, Jonathan Ames) weigh in on the dark side of the holidays.”
— Carol Schneck, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
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The Dreaded Feast will act as a balm for the millions of people who face Christmastime with a mixture of dread and obligation. Whether it's the last-minute shopping, the unappealing office party, or the prospect of more than 24 hours with family, it's never easy. The anthology, which includes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on these and many more related subjects, deflates the notion of the "perfect" holiday season, and allows the reader to commiserate and bask in the glow of a little dark, neurotic, and unflinchingly honest humor.

The star roster of contributors includes Jonathan Ames, Dave Barry, Robert Benchley, Charles Bukowski, Augusten Burroughs, Billy Collins, Greg Kotis, Lewis Lapham, Jay McInerney, Fiona Maazel, George Plimpton, David Rakoff, David Sedaris, Charles Simic, Hunter S. Thompson, James Thurber, Calvin Trillin, and John Waters.

Praise for The Dreaded Feast:

"A wonderfully irreverent look at the holidays. A must for the Christmas cynic on your list."
-USA Today
One of USA Today's 2009 "12 Books of Christmas"

"If you embrace the darker side of Christmas, then this is definitely the book for you."
-Chicago Sun-Times

"Thank the 'X' in 'Xmas' for The Dreaded Feast, which] collects essays, short stories, and poetry that attack Hallmark holidays with all the neurotic humor one expects from contributors like Jonathan Ames, Fiona Maazel, and Calvin Trillin."
-The New Yorker

"Amid the twinkly decorations, dancing sugar plums, and ubiquitous holiday cheer, a bracing dose of dark humor might be nice, don't you think? For book lovers, we're recommending a volume that offers just that: The Dreaded Feast."
-Raleigh News & Observer

About the Author

Michele Clarke heads The Content Supply Co., a media company in New York City. Although she previously worked at the Paris Review, she has primarily worked in advertising and entertainment. Taylor Plimpton is a New York-based freelance writer and editor, who previously was an editor at Men's Journal magazine, where he wrote book reviews, travel articles and various features. P.J. O'Rourke is America's leading political satirist and the bestselling author of 12 books.