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David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316392389
Branch Call Number: 814 .54 SED
Characteristics: viii, 259 p. ;,22 cm


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Nov 26, 2018

Had never heard of nor read any of his books prior to Calypso. I laughed a lot, so will try his others too.

Oct 13, 2018

Calypso came as a complete surprise to me. When Sedaris was younger and still hungry his books were edgy, smart and funny. This latest offering comes across as lazy, entitled, bitchy and as gross as the ongoing tumor joke. And btw the 'tumor joke' was not in any way funny. From a disappointed fan - the worst kind.

Oct 11, 2018

This is my first foray into David Sedaris' work...all I can say is that I cannot understand how anyone could give this less than 5 stars. I laughed out LOUD at least once with every essay. Even on the el, where I hate to make a peep.

Oct 03, 2018

Listened to parts of first 2 disc's. Six disc's too much to endure. Interesting David lives in England. Some years ago he had a story on public Radio. He was hired as an elf at a mall during Christmas season. Was very entertaining.

Oct 02, 2018

Have loved David Seders for YEARS, but this was definitely a darker book. Albeit, very funny, but a lot more poignant and thoughtful moments than some of his other books. Still enjoyed!

Sep 13, 2018

I have never read anything by Sedaris before. I'd call it a sad,silly,hoity toity of a tale. The part when they were together after their expensive trashy shopping spree, and compared the clothing to that of a mental patients, was suppose to be funny. Then, later when Tiffany showed up at his show, with those shoes on, he had the door slammed on her. It was drop dead tears. This stuff is indeed very dark. At least the cat made out ok somewhat, because the turtles did not. When they found out a way to better their lives together, they did it reluctantly. Hugh may be holding out for something more, he seems the type for always something more. Gross sh.. at times throughout the book, yet this is life.

Aug 20, 2018

In a perfect world David Sedaris would produce and publish one new essay daily. Until then, this'll have to suffice. Loved it, as I love everything he writes.

Jul 27, 2018

So funny, I laughed through out the entire book. If you enjoyed his other books then you'll like Calypso as well.

Jul 26, 2018

This is the mature, gifted, deep, thoughtful yet hilarious, sweet, sensitive, eccentric, adorable writer that has become of the once sarcastic Crumpet in Santaland Diaries. It's hardly the same writer, actually, as now instead of living through awful employment and being young and poor, the narrator explores the death of his mother and sister. The writing is magic. Nobody voluntarily wants to read about someone's sister's sad suicide or mother's painful alcoholism, but nobody writes like David Sedaris. It's sweet, it's bitter, it's bittersweet, and it's so touching and heartwarming and joyful that instead of feeling kind of down about life, as you would with such subject matter, you want to go do something crazy and spontaneous to celebrate life.

There's so much more than the dour subject here, and the brilliance of this narrator is the way he brings you into the joys of picking up trash and hosting a variety of different kinds of people in his various residences, all while doing what we all do: judging and yet trying not to judge because we're worrying about what we sound like to others. Or maybe that's just me. No, it's not. David Sedaris does what we all do, only he admits it and shares it with more humor and entertainment and love than any other writer alive today. Every book he writes is a gift to those of us who get tired of living in our own less-than-amazing little lives. We're okay. He's one of us.

Jul 16, 2018

I am a long-time fan of Sedaris, and I liked this quite a bit, although I didn't laugh as often as I might have... there are some dark essays in this book about the death of his sister and mother, and the aging of his father. Still funny, but more tragicomic.

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