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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: First edition
ISBN: 9780316392389
Branch Call Number: 814.54 Se27C 2018
Characteristics: viii, 259 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 15, 2020

Another great collection of essays by David Sedaris. In this offering he focuses on family relationships. This one is a little more serious than it’s predecessors. It’s quite sad in some parts. Still it’s laugh out loud irreverent humor that he is known for. Even with the serious parts, it’s a great comic relief from the dour mood of current events.

Feb 13, 2020

This book is only for those who have read his previous books. He tells a lot about himself, but it is not that funny, and his meanspiritness comes through.

Jan 18, 2020

The comments about Sedaris 'losing' his edginess surprises me - I think Calypso gives us insight into how as we or he ages, some of these darker topics can't be left unchecked. Calypso is a beautiful piece of writing that makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time, and a nice change of pace from Sedaris.

Sep 22, 2019

Funny without any effort, serious and honest, good observations about society.

Jul 22, 2019

I'm not sure why, but for some reason when I ordered 'Calypso' from KCLS, I thought I was getting a wacky, heartfelt book of fiction. Obviously I did not. That it is non-fiction and so clearly evident it is written from a wide open heart makes it that much more special.

'Calypso' is a series of stories, vignettes of a family growing older, but not necessarily growing up. It very much reminds me of the non-fiction Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, write about their family. You absolutley must laugh because otherwise you may cry.

'Calypso' is a fast read because you don't want to part from the family and their story for even a moment. You are left feeling you wish you knew this man and his family . . . or were part of it. The ending of the last story however left me sad with a touch of ennui because it was such a down note to an otherwise enjoyable collection of stories that all ended, if not with a laugh, then at least an uplifting smile.

Jul 14, 2019

I had never read any of his books until recently. Now I can't stop. This is the first one I read. Loved it!

May 10, 2019

This didn't have the edginess of Sedaris' earlier works. A bit of a disappointment.

BiblioDL66 Feb 21, 2019

This latest collection of essays by Dave Sedaris is darker than previous collections. in it he discusses the suicide and complex relationship with one of his sisters and the aging and frustrations with his father along with lighter topix such as travels with his siblings and the purchase of a beach house with his husband. He gives a frank and unvarnished description of his struggles with his family and his misanthropy. I think anyone with family struggles will connect with this collection.

CarleeMcDot Jan 31, 2019

A friend or two of mine had mentioned this book recently so I put it on hold at the library. As per usual I didn't know anything about it prior to checking it out - but that seems to be a recurring theme in my reading realm. I haven't read anything by David before, but apparently he is a pretty well known (and distinguished) author. When I shared on my Instagram stories that I had picked up this book I got a lot of feedback from folks who mentioned they had read it and that although his humor is a bit dark, it was a great book. I would have to agree with that assessment. This book is a bit of a memoir (a collection of essays from his life) that touches on some pretty deep topics - all while trying to poke a little fun at himself and keep it as lighthearted as possible. The stories center around him, his family and their relationships with one another. They are a dysfunctional bunch, but who isn't?! I wouldn't say each of the chapters made me 'LOL', but there were definitely some chuckles (and a few head shakes and maybe even a few gasps) throughout. I was able to read this in a couple hours and has me looking to see if our library carries any of his other titles. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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.

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