Calypso by David SedarisCalypso by David Sedaris


byDavid Sedaris

Hardcover | May 29, 2018

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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.
David Sedaris is the author of the books Theft by Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in Engl...
Title:CalypsoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 1 inPublished:May 29, 2018Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316392383

ISBN - 13:9780316392389

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out Loud I listened to the audiobook and it was ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!! There are a couple of live recordings in this version, which you would not get if you are reading the book, and I was in tears I was laughing so hard (oh....the prostate chapter). Nothing is off-limit...and he sure has a very dysfunctional family!! Highly recommend!!
Date published: 2019-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Talented and Unique in his genre Like his other works, he picks a subject and shares his dark, funny and hilarious observation around the subject. In this book, the subject is his holiday house, which he has called in the Sea Section! I adore his auto-critical PoV, the way he describes his relationships with his partner, his family, and particularly the love he feels for his mother. The one about his tumor is hilarious!
Date published: 2018-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunk my teeth into this Reading this book was a cathartic realization that someone else was my kind of crazy. It was raw in ways that required a knowing eye to see and i enjoyed the experience of reading it.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from His humour really resonates with me I don't really know why I never picked up a David Sedaris book before, but it was actually because I was watching his sister on television and was curious to see what he had to offer. After reading this and "Me Talk Pretty One Day" I am fairly convinced that Sedaris and I would be very compatible people, we have the same sense of humour, entitlement, and lack of patience. Then again, however, that probably means that we would hate one another. All this is to say that as reading his books I was often agreeing and laughing out loud. I am aware, however, that his humour is not for everyone so if you still aren't certain just pick up one of his books from the library and try it out first
Date published: 2018-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of time Damian: Five stars for you Glen Coco, You GO Glen Coco! ....And one for Melissa Broder. Bye. Okay, let me elaborate. I was suckered into buying this because of the blurb, "These essays are sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous. They reveal so much about what it is to live in this world, right now." --Roxane Gay. However, while the first sentence stands true, I disagree with Roxane on the latter part of her blurb. Of course, her opinion is subjective just like mine. I found some of her essays were contradicting and hypocritical and, to be honest, most of them *were* gross. Not what I was expecting - even the synopsis didn't prepare me for what I was about to read. Huge waste of my time. But hey, if you want to read about how a girl gets off by puking on people, then this one is for you!
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not for me It was funny...but; i'm not a fan of how he portrays his father; particularly in the latter half of the book. Seemed disrespectful and...well...a real bummer. Two stars for the times it made me laugh but I won't be recommending this book to others. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Hilarious! I laughed at so many observations and commentaries made by this author throughout this book. Although the author was incredibly self deprecating, she utilized this tone to highlight how sometimes you just can't take life and yourself that seriously. Definitely a great read.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and Insightful. Also True. This is the kind of book that makes you laugh but also makes you sad because you think "oh god, it's true!"
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! I really loved this book. I'm not a huge fan of non-fiction or creative non-fiction, but Lockwood has such a beautiful and witty voice that I was hooked right from the start. Very enjoyable and would highly recommend, unless you are offended by religious humour ... then steer clear!
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HIlarious An awesome book that i couldnt put down. It was so funny!
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and poignant David Sedaris helps you realize that every single person has issues they are dealing, and he describes them with a combination of empathy and hilarity. His stories about his family, particularly his parents are told with honesty; he doesn’t sugar coat much about them but you can tell he loves them. Sometimes I laughed out loud and other times I got a lump in my throat. I hated to see this book end. I’ll read it again befor too long.
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny & Real I really enjoyed some of the stories, although others dragged on a bit. I could also only read one or two stories at a time because the topics are intense, so it took me awhile to finish the book even though it's fairly short.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Definitely hilarious and helps take your mind of reality.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Little Bit of Everything I laughed, I cried. I laughed so hard that I cried. Create read. Very unexpected.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read Not what I was expecting..................this story is hilarious and mind blowing all at the same time. As a reader, you're in for a treat.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious This is hysterically funny while also being poignant & bittersweet. As per Rainbow Rowell's blurb, on several occasions I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face & was sort of wheezing.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD This book was one of the best I read last year. It made me laugh hysterically, the voice is amazing, and the complicated nature of family is rendered in a really moving way.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely worthwhile I read Samantha Irby's blog and this felt like one of her extended posts which was great because I never feel like they are long enough. As usual, I laughed aloud more times than I could count.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Some great parts, whereas there are others that did not resonate as well. However, an interesting read nonetheless.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reality at its best I found myself relating to her so much. Brutally honest yet hilarious at the same time.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... I was so excited about this one, but once I started I just wasn't enjoying it. Funny at times, insightful at others, but the in-between was just annoying. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. Just wow. I love quirky family memoirs. Can't get enough of them. Priestdaddy was a delight to listen to and Patricia Lockwood is my kind of poet. She's out there but it all makes sense when you meet her father. Warning: be prepared to get strange looks if you read this book in public as you will be laughing out loud--a lot. Enjoy!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood Patricia Lockwood is some kind of word-witch, and I cannot emphasise enough how lucky we all are to live in this era with her.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from i DID NOT like this book I bought this book over a year ago and i am still trying to finish it. It's not that it is an uncomfortable read, the subject matter doesn't bother me. Some chapters are easier to get through than others but i find it hard to read continuously. It has never taken me this long to read a book in my life. I really don't enjoy this one.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pours it all on the page So Sad Today is a quick, yet uncomfortable read. It's messy and graphic and honest. I really enjoyed it - it was refreshing to read about love, sex, mental illness, womanhood so openly and honestly.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite book A stunning collection that I will continue to return to for years
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Raw and honest Like the blurb by Roxane Gay mentions, So Sad Today is an uncomfortable read. It's honest and feels raw. I was comforted by it sometimes because I would say to myself "well, I'm not that bad". Then I would read something I related to and my anxiety would spike. I'm glad I read it because I feel that we need to talk openly about mental health issues. However, Melissa Broder's essays are also a reminder that mental health issues vary widely and not all treatment options work for everybody.
Date published: 2016-11-04
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Editorial Reviews

"Sedaris collects 21 essays largely about family bonds and getting older in this hilarious yet tender volume...The author's fans and newcomers alike will be richly rewarded by this sidesplitting collection."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)