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....
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As the Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert was airing on Livestream I opened my ebook and began to read. I was soon laughing out loud. A few paragraphs later I laughed even longer and harder. I had to read out loud to my hubby. And then I knew. I could not read Calypso by David Sedaris while listening to the symphony.
I could not read it in bed. I would laugh my husband awake. When could I read it? During the day, with the windows open to let in the fresh spring air, so inviting after a very, very ...more
"It's so funny to be called an asshole by someone who doesn't know you, but then again knows you so perfectly."
It's never a dull moment when you're reading anything by David Sedaris. It brightens your dark and gloomy days.
This is one of those books where you get something more from the author. Something that he doesn't share that often in his books. We get up close and personal, a look into his life as the fearing old man that he claims to be.
David does this thing where he makes you laugh at t ...more
As David Sedaris settles into middle age, his humor has become more tinged with melancholy and introspection. I've always felt that he was at his best when writing about his family and Calypso does nothing to dissuade me of that notion. What I got from this collection that I did not expect was to read the entire book through a scrim of un-shed tears. The humor is still there—it is, after all, David Sedaris—but between the suicide of his sister Tiffany, the 2016 election, and his father's advanci ...more
Funny, but mostly punishingly sad.
I need a hug now. I need to call my dad.
Amazingly enough this was my first time reading David Sedaris. Not sure exactly why because I am definitively aware of who he is - I think maybe it’s because I don’t often read “funny” books (a gross, totally incomplete description of his stories). That said, I completely enjoyed this book and his writing style and can’t believe I have basically ignored his books up to this point. Real life stories about everyday life are a part of my passion - I will definitively read more from him soon. I laug ...more
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To say that this is a biased review might be the understatement of the decade. Many of you are already familiar with my love for the Sedaris family. It began with Amy and Strangers With Candy before I discovered her brother was a writer. Having now read all but one of his collections – and more recently re-listening to several of them during my commute – I have no shame in admitting I am completely smitten with every single one of the ...more
David Sedaris returns with a new collection of essays dealing with getting older, medical woes and the fallout of his sister’s passing.
My partner Alaina and I went to a live reading a few weeks ago. It was my first time seeing David read from his work in person and he’s just as charming and hilarious as his writing would have you believe. Afterwards, he stuck around to sign copies of his books. David is known for taking the time to actually talk to his readers rather than just scribble his name ...more
I loved it! I won a hardcover copy from Goodreads. Thank you. Now I look forward to listening to the audiobook. Thank goodness David Sedaris went back to his bread and butter - making fun of his family and himself. His last "book", Theft by Finding Diaries, was such a dud. I felt ripped off, like he ran out of ideas and pitched the raw notes he uses for his books as a book. Bad form.
Calypso may be his best book ever. I will read it more than once, and I will read the laugh out loud parts aloud t ...more