For many of us, the holidays mean enforced time with our family of origin. And for many of us, that also means trying to retreat into something (work, exercise, drugs) to retain our sanity.
My recommendation is books.
They don't require a lot of money or energy, and reading is not illegal. Here are my top picks for holiday escape reading:
5. David Sedaris, Holidays on Ice
Again this morning I got stuck at the Magic Window, which is really boring. I'm supposed to stand around and say "Step on the Magic Star and you can see Santa!" I said that for a while and then I started saying, "Step on the Magic Star and you can see Cher!
4. Art Spiegelman, MetaMaus
My personal favorite for family gatherings: books about real-life psychopaths who manage to elude the authorities, leaving a gruesome trail behind them.
1. William Golding, "Lord of the Flies."
Golding's classic, brutal, riveting examination of human nature, as played out by a group of school boys stranded on an island. Everything -- anything -- will seem civilized by comparison.
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