Calypso: Essays

By David Sedaris
Read by David Sedaris

6.65 Hours 05/29/2018 unabridged
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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’ 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’ 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’ darkest and warmest book yet—and it just might be his very best.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times audio bestseller

An Audible Editors Top Pick for Road Trip Audiobooks

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A USA Today Pick of Summer Beach Reads

A New York Times Editor’s Choice of Books We Recommend This Month

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 12 Excellent Summer Reads

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’ 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’ 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’ darkest and warmest book yet—and it just might be his very best.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The latest essay collection by humorist David Sedaris humorist is a meditation on aging. It’s a sardonic one at that, that he narrates himself in his quintessential tongue-in-cheek fashion. It’s a good thing he does because the listener gets the sense that only Sedaris could balance the witty observations alongside the heartrending sadness of life…Fans of Sedaris, who may well be in the middle of their own lives by now, will listen along, laughing, and perhaps wiping away a few tears.” AudioFile
“Sedaris shines in tales of family, loss, and a favorite turtle…[which] Sedaris’ wry voice enhances.” USA Today
“Grapples seriously with themes of family, mortality, and illness. As always, his very essence seeps through the pages like an intoxicating cloud.” New York Times Book Review
“The king of the humorous essay returns…Sedaris fans will find plenty of familiar delights: His misanthropic charms and wry wit are as delightful as ever, even if some of the subject matter has changed….The audiobook version of Calypso will be the perfect travel companion during road trips and getaways this spring and beyond.” New York magazine
“Sedaris’ new story collection is earthy, to say the least—concerned with all the gross things that happen as we live and age but also full of wonder at his life and appreciation for his family.” NPR
"Chock-full of Sedaris’ signature brand of laugh-out-loud humor, interlaced with moments of introspection and melancholy that will hit you like an arrow to the heart.” Shondaland
“Sedaris hasn’t lost his capacity for bemused observations of the people he encounters…But bad news has sharpened the author’s humor, and this book is defined by a persistent, engaging bafflement over how seriously or unseriously to take life when it’s increasingly filled with Trump and funerals. Sedaris at his darkest—and his best.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Twenty-one essays largely about family bonds and getting older in this hilarious yet tender volume…Fans and newcomers alike will be richly rewarded by this sidesplitting collection.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

by Haleybop (from The Book Bop) 5/31/2018
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Already looking forward to the next collection.

I've listened to about 5 or 6 books by David Sedaris, and each one I go through the same internal struggle while reading/listening. 

1. Oh boy, a new David Sedaris book. Can't wait.
2. Man I missed his humor. Hilarious. so funny. a bit raunchy.
3. Okay this is more than a bit raunchy. 
4. Wow. I'm going to hell. 
5. Okay that was funny.
6. So much truth!!! 
7. Aw man, it's over. Sigh. 

This one was no different, and that's a good thing. Each of the stories were funny, or interesting, or contained something that made me facepalm and laugh and want to clean my brain out with bleach.

Content/Recommendation - adults only, contains language, reference to suicide, and sexual content, and homosexual content.

Author

Author Bio: David Sedaris

David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively through Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Runtime: 6.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English