Thanksgiving Prep

What to read, what not to eat.


My younger brother’s return to New York from Boston indicates that Universities have closed. My grandmother’s unresponsiveness to my text messages and phone calls (short of a quick, “Old Man and The Sea–her husband, my grandfather–is sleeping, I’ll call you later, maybe,”) suggests she is busy locating a turkey. The stack of coupons near my mother’s bed side tell a tale about the magic of Black Friday. And the aerial mood: chipper, pleasant, inexplicably excited–like a ceaseless weekend starts tomorrow and the workforce may never resume its previous structure–point to one thing: Thanksgiving.

And I know that there are several important things to tackle in association with the holiday. On the one hand: no pants are more accurate Thanksgiving pants than Margiela x H&M’s new Jared-from-Subway jeans. On the other: If you’re considering the act of braving the lines (and my mother,) Black Friday is only as successful as the strategy you create around it.

What if you don’t need Thanksgiving pants though? Maybe this holiday bespeaks nothing but the m-assassination of birds to you. And maybe you’re keen enough to recognize that Cyber Monday equals Black Friday and can be accomplished from the comfort of your desk chair, a few days later. (Though I’m not judging if you’re not–the thrill of chase is a very real thing.)

In any case, that leaves you with little to do, which may in turn make you highly irritable at the thought of your entire family condensed to one living space for a full five days, enter the first book suggestion I will enforce to get you through it.

Sedaris: it’s what’s for breakfast. These books are kind of like Clueless in that they get better with age. I started reading this one on my way home from Vancouver last week. It’s a collection of short stories–as most his books are–that personify animals and assign them real life troubles. The first I’ve read not based on Sedaris’ own life. Sometimes they’re sinister, often somewhat silly. In one chapter, a child stork asks its mother stork where babies come from, the mother is forced to explain the child that they come from inside mouses. Aunt Stork is appalled by how stupid her sister stork is and explains that they actually come from sex.

In another chapter, an ewe travels over South America in order to discover warmer climate during migration months. Her Spanish is terrible, authentic hardships manifest.

No story caps twenty pages, the book can be picked up at effectively any point and the read is so funny, subversive, so wildly witty, my own sense of humor and the way I project it, in effect, feels emasculated.

$12 at Amazon. Let’s talk about it on Monday–want to? Or if you’ve read the book already, do share your affirmations (or consequently hesitations) in the comments below, yo.

Oh! And in case you care, the cutlery is DVF, I don’t know about that plate.

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  • I love Sedaris – Always entertaining!

  • It looks great, I would like to read it. Nice day.

  • Yes, this book is utterly brilliant! Read it last year. Though there’s a real sadness to some of the stories too. Can’t remember which ones, will have to go back to it…

    • Leandra Medine

      Lab rat one comes to mind!

      • And The Motherless Bear – that’s the one that really got me… !

  • Standon12cm

    I´m definitely reading it!! I´ve heard it´s really entertaining! xoxox

  • Lace and Chiffon
  • Natalia Oh!

    I love you 🙂 that’s all…. Oh one more thing, because of your impeccable writing style I will never feel adequate. . . But, I still love you.

    Xoxo Happy Thanksgiving!
    Ps buying the book now.

    • jennikint

      yeeahhh…but please don’t imitate that malapropic use of emasculate, I’m not sure in what respect Sedaris’ humour has had its balls off.

  • I just finished a personal essay intensive workshop and Sedaris’ work was used as a model to explain something I can’t quite remember; I haven’t had my coffee, yet. He is brilliantly funny and very inspiring.

  • Sasha

    David Sedaris is excellent. It’s gettin’ ’bout that time a’year to break out Holidays on Ice, and I can’t wait any longer. Thanksgiving Day will begin the Christmas (reading) season.

    • I agree- I looove Holidays on Ice. The first chapter leaves my abs in turmoil from laughter!

  • vittoria gallacci

    Love the cutlery, and this post is so funny 🙂


  • I need to get that book!

  • Patricia

    Ehm… people in Brazil speak Portuguese, not Spanish

    • Abby

      Thank you Patrica. My faith in mankind restored.

      • Leandra Medine

        yeah, i’m an idiot. Brazil is the wrong south american destination highlighted in the book

  • Miss Laia

    I haven’tread the book but actuallysoaunds pretty goo, I will give it a try, first time here, and
    Loved your senseif humour.

  • Toad a la Mode

    I’m an animal and I have real life troubles, like style troubles!

    Toad a la Mode

  • Cute plate:) Can’t wait for cyber monday; not leaving my house on black friday!

  • Jessica Gomes
  • Nora

    This book is quite funny, but DS has funniER books, in my opinion, namely Naked and When You are Engulfed in Flames. Happy Turkey day!

  • Shop

    Awesome. Checkot my SHOPPing blog.

  • Faye de Lanty

    Will definitely have to check this bad boy out. On animals and real life troubles…also see ‘The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshoppers Feast’ a favourite of mine since I was well…knee high to a grasshopper x

  • David Sedaris is always a good idea. I’ve been reading the BF, Holidays on Ice to prep for the season.

  • Briar

    Read this book last night after spying it in your reading pile 😉 So amazingly good, the book kind of lures you in with more light hearted themes and slowly story by story they get you thinking.. such an interestingly style of writing havent read anything like it before. I’m just about to go the library now to get more of his books! keep the reccomendations coming! 🙂

  • NoteBrooke

    Lol – I love you.

  • Emily

    David Sedaris is by far one of my favorite authors! Nice pick.

    Isn’t That Charming.


    Nice! DS was just in my town doing a reading! Such an incredibly poignant humourist. I didn’t even know he had a new(ish) book out.

    Check out my giveaway if you get the chance!

    Maria Nichole

  • Alisa

    You would LOVE the Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret. He’s the bombbbbbb. Israeli writer, Tel Aviv Badass!

  • Anastasia

    Hi Leandra! I read this article a few days ago and couldn’t help but think of The Manrepeller (the irony, not the hipster part)…

  • Love David Sedaris books. Me Talk Pretty One Day, is my fave.

  • Oh Leandra, I love that you’re infusing this blog with musings on books (notably by my favorite fellow Greek-American: Sedaris). Keep up the stellar work.

  • grace

    read the essay “Santaland” by Sedaris- poop yourself laughing.

    • Leandra Medine

      I did! Holidays on Ice was going to be my brief Xmas suggestion. I loved that story almost as much as Dinah, The Christmas Whore

  • hattie

    sounds like i have to bread this book.

    • shab

      yes, breading books… one of my hobbies too

  • Pampelmusea
  • thanks for the book recommendation! can’t wait to check it out =]

  • Tegan

    Have you read ‘When you are engulfed in flames’? I wish I hadn’t read it yet so I could read it again!

    • shab

      if you hadnt already read it, how could you read it again?

  • David Sedaris is my favorite author! Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked are also astoundingly hilarious. Am i sensing a virtual book club..? The answer starts with y.

    • Leandra Medine

      You actually really, really are. You just wait ’til holiday!

  • Kaitie

    Have you read anything my Augusten Burroughs? (Dry is most excellent) And I recommend Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s I’m Not Myself These Days to anyone who will listen (prepare to laugh loudly and often).