Calypso

Calypso

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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Title:Calypso
Author:David Sedaris
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Genres:Nonfiction
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover

Calypso Reviews

  • Ali Edwards
    Jun 14, 2018
    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 enjoy...
  • 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 ...
  • jeremy
    Mar 12, 2018
    calypso may well be the funniest, strongest collection david sedaris has released to date. or, it simply enjoys a bit of a bump because the rest of the world currently seems so horrendous. really, it's both. these 21 pieces are hilarious and unabashed. as always, sedaris's observationa...
  • Paula
    Jul 05, 2018
    There are few current-day essayists and humorists who have their finger on the pulse of contemporary society and who can go straight to the heart of matters in the way David Sedaris can. He is darkly, brutally hilarious, and his observations about anything he decides to write and talk ...
  • britt_brooke
    May 31, 2018
    ?I used to think the ideal name for a beach house was the Ship Shape. Now, though, I had a better idea. ?We?re going to call it the Sea Section.?? This collection is deeply personal, dark, offbeat, and at times, embarrass-yourself-in-public hilarious (see chapter on his ga...
  • Sonya
    Jul 09, 2018
    The most affecting essays in this collection are about Sedaris's family. They are funny, as per his usual style, but also deeply sad. His family is fading away, and so are our families and so is the country, so all in all, it's a perfect book to read in this imperfect and cataclysmic a...
  • Jason Koivu
    Jul 14, 2018
    "David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book." So goes the description for Calypso. ...most...? Nah. That title goes to Dress Your Family Up... in which he bares his soul regarding his drug use and being gay for the first time in incredibly inti...
  • Canadian Reader
    Jul 09, 2018
    Rating: 3.5 Sedaris?s stories about his family continue to be his best pieces?by turns side-splitting and deeply poignant. I was a bit nettled by his attention-seeking at times. For instance, his extended efforts to find a medical professional who would excise the lipoma on his ...
  • Julie Ehlers
    May 31, 2018
    A David Sedaris essay collection is always going to get at least four stars from me. This gets five because I loved the way so many of the essays were centered around his family vacations at his North Carolina beach house. It felt extremely personal, and of course it was so interesting...
  • Leslie
    Jul 10, 2018
    "Is it my fault that the good times fade to nothing while the bad ones burn forever bright? Memory aside, the negative just makes for a better story: the plane was delayed, an infection set in, outlaws arrived and reduced the schoolhouse to ashes. Happiness is harder to put into words....
  • Brandon
    Jun 21, 2018
    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...
  • Billie
    Apr 05, 2018
    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 ex...
  • Krista
    Jun 07, 2018
    I felt betrayed, the way you do when you discover that your cat has a secret secondary life and is being fed by neighbors who call him something stupid like Calypso. Worse is that he loves them as much as he loves you, which is to say, not at all, really. The entire relationship has b...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 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...
  • Cheryl DeFranceschi
    Apr 21, 2018
    I almost spit hot tea on my cat Lily because I was laughing so hard. ...
  • Sharon
    Jun 02, 2018
    As always, this is a collection of stories based on random events or things that catch David's attention. This collection in particular focuses on his family, his siblings and the way they deal with grief and loss. He speaks about the death of his mother, his sister Tiffany's suici...
  • Rachel León
    Apr 11, 2018
    (4.5 stars, rounded up) I'm always suspicious when something says a book is a writer's best work. I saw a claim that CALYPSO is David Sedaris's best work yet and thought, yeah right. But the thing is it just might be. I've always thought that DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DE...
  • 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...
  • Toni
    Apr 19, 2018
    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 periodicals before, primarily, "The New Yorker," but not to wo...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...