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 i David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book. If you've ever laughed your way...

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  • JanB
    Sep 07, 2018
    4.5 stars Wry and witty, this collection of essays is both hysterically funny one moment and heartbreakingly poignant the next. Nothing is taboo, and topics range from the serious to the ridiculous: aging, family, bodily functions, suicide, his Fitbit obsession (which I could relate...
  • Diane
    Jul 14, 2018
    Calypso is a good collection of humorous essays by David Sedaris. I listened to this on audio, read by Sedaris himself, which was a fun experience. He's a talented performer and I (mostly) enjoyed the book. I say mostly because, like other Sedaris books I've read, he's best apprecia...
  • Elyse
    Mar 30, 2018
    I don?t think I could love David Sadaris more if I tried .....he?s already filled my entire heart - body - mind - soul - spirit - and funny bone with enough uplifting, awesome and amazing, unforgettable storytelling for a lifetime with the collection of these stories. They are pas...
  • Kiki
    Apr 03, 2018
    I was fortunate enough to see David speak last fall here in Birmingham, Alabama--he's been coming for years, and every year miss out. but finally, my husband and I got tickets, and got to meet him! he signed my old copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day--"Thank you for making me rich" (I told ...
  • Marialyce
    Aug 22, 2018
    4.5 enormously funny yet serious stars David Sedaris is in your face funny, irreverent always bearing a one two punch with his analysis of the world but mostly one of himself, He is often times impertinent, irreverent, and sassy, but the things he says hit their mark and find a plac...
  • Esil
    Sep 01, 2018
    I already miss David Sedaris. I finished listening to Calypso as an audiobook narrated by Sedaris yesterday, and I would have been happy to keep listening for weeks, maybe months... In a way, my love of his personal essays is bizarre. There?s a fair bit of revolting bodily content an...
  • Liz
    Aug 19, 2018
    Ok, so first off, I was laughing out loud within three pages of the first chapter. Well, laughing and kind of gagging. Eating your turtle?s nutrition bar with dead flies? Ugh. I?ll let David tell you the whole story. And then in the very next chapter, he talks about his sister?...
  • Suzanne
    Jun 25, 2018
    Crazy funny. David Sedaris is the type of person I?d love having around because he says the things we all think but don?t say because they are weird or offensive. I found this book to be a few highly amusing hours! My quick and simple overall: funny and amusing. Very quick to r...
  • Sam Quixote
    Jul 31, 2018
    David Sedaris? latest collection of humorous essays, Calypso, isn?t up there among his best books but it?s not a bad read either. The most impressive essays were on his sister Tiffany and mother Sharon. Not that they?re exploitative ? Dave?s the celeb, not his immediate...
  • Larry H
    Jun 15, 2018
    4.5 stars. For me, reading David Sedaris' books is like hanging out with that slightly strange friend?you may think you're crazy, but at least there's someone crazier than you out there! I've been reading Sedaris' books on and off for a number of years, since his first collecti...
  • Tania
    Jun 30, 2018
    This is now officially my favorite David Sedaris book. The audio version was great, and I would strongly recommend that you listen to the author tell these stories, as it really enhances the experience. Sedaris has always been funny, but in Calypso there is always a keen sense of r...
  • Diane Barnes
    Jun 03, 2018
    5 stars. Because it's David Sedaris. This one is a mixture of serious and funny, new for him, new for us. There are essays here about his sister's suicide, his mother's alcholism, his difficult relationship with his father, and the agony of realizing he's a gay man in the South be...
  • Margitte
    Aug 11, 2018
    I won't call David Sedaris a comedian. He's not. He does not try to be funny. No, he is more of a satirist, a humorist. A fine observer of life's absurdities and oddities which provide the fuel to his many beloved, hilarious reflections. He doesn't like ghost stories and sharing recipe...
  • Debbie
    Jul 24, 2018
    5 cha cha cha stars! Others already knew that Sedaris would take care of us. I?m new to the game. Long ago, I tried reading one of his collections and quickly ditched it. Huh, this guy is funny? Not to me. I figured we did not match?his jokes, my sensibilities, no go. Everyone h...
  • Tammy
    Jul 13, 2018
    Personal and tender, yet hilarious.. for me a perfect first book from Sedaris! These stories are outstanding.. just so darn relatable and the honesty he spills out onto his work is deeply touching. This is an amazing book I highly recommend. ? 5 ? Personal and tender, yet hila...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Apr 10, 2018
    Find all of my reviews at: 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 broth...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Aug 16, 2018
    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Calypso from Little Brown, but KNEW I would have to hear the audio version in order for my experience to be complete. I started this last Friday on my commute and remained plugged in on the way to and throughout my youngest's double-hea...
  • Karen
    Aug 10, 2018
    Ok, I must admit... I had never heard of this David Sedaris guy, but damn he is entertaining!! These stories, mostly about the himself and his partner Hugh, his parents and siblings ... and aging...just gave me the most laughter I?ve had in awhile! There is one about a stomach viru...
  • Matthew
    Aug 16, 2018
    I think this is Sedaris?s finest work to date. While sticking with his usual humor and cynical delivery, he gets raw talking about topics like suicide, alcoholism, the afterlife, aging, etc. I found myself very emotionally engaged throughout the book and wanted to reach into it and g...
  • Anni
    Aug 19, 2018
    How come this is the first I've ever heard of David Sedaris, I ask myself, reading the glowing reviews of this book, by someone who seems to be a legend in the USA ? a national literary treasure equivalent to our own dear Alan Bennett. For others out there as ignorant as myself, I d...
  • Matthew Quann
    Jun 19, 2018
    There?s nothing I haven?t said before about Sedaris that doesn?t apply here. This collection is more concerned with his aging and dead family members, which adds a somewhat somber tone to the stories. With that said, this still has all of Sedaris? trademark wit and charm. Recom...
  • Victoria
    Aug 19, 2018
    One writes out of one thing only--one?s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which i...
  • Toni
    Apr 19, 2018
    Looks like CALYPSO is taking over the world! Yay! Update: Now listening to the audio: FANtastic! In Calypso, David gives us 21 essays, YES, twenty-one essays or stories for us to laugh and maybe even tear-up a little. Some of these essays have been published in various periodic...
  • Nancy
    May 11, 2018
    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 ...
  • Eva Nebbia
    Mar 06, 2018
    This is probably his best book. By far his most moving and personal, and I?m going to say his most well written. It left me a little bit different than when it found me. Slightly related, Bill Simmons (sports writer, founder of The Ringer and ESPNs 30 for 30 and a million other t...
  • Jenny
    Aug 19, 2018
    David Sedaris does it again with Calypso. It?s funny, intelligent and brilliant. He?s honest with his feelings and not afraid to share the good, bad and ugly. His observations are candid, weird, perverse and humorous but honest which makes his books worth the read. ...
  • Book of the Month
    Jun 01, 2018
    Why I Love It Liberty Hardy When I worked as a bookseller, the thing I dreaded hearing more than anything was, ?I want to read something funny.? In my experience, you could fill a canyon with books that are sad or poignant, or full of mystery or romance. But trying to find a bo...
  • da AL
    Sep 06, 2018
    Combine all the mixed feelings you could ever have about life as well as family -- make your reader laugh, think, and cry -- and then add in the same way the suicide of a sibling -- only Sedaris can do this... ...
  • Lori
    Jul 07, 2018
    ?I?m often misunderstood at my supermarket in Sussex, not because of my accent but because I tend to deviate from the script. Cashier: Hello, how are you this evening? Me: Has your house ever been burgled? Cashier: What? Me: Your house?has anyone ever broken into it and sto...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    Jun 14, 2018
    FIVE STARS It's really difficult to write humor, and nobody does it better than David Sedaris! I find him absolutely hilarious, but I know he is not everyone's cup of tea. (WHY NOT??) Sedaris is in rare form with CALYPSO. Calypso, by the way, is the name his neighbors gave to his...