Calypso

Calypso

Book - 2018
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When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, David 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. Sedaris sets his powers of observation toward middle age and mortality, 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316392389
0316392383
Branch Call Number: 814.54 SE27C
Characteristics: viii, 259 pages ; 22 cm

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A latest collection of personal essays by the best-selling author of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls and Me Talk Pretty One Day shares even more revealing and intimate memories from his upbringing and family life.


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krsbozo
Jul 16, 2018

I am a long-time fan of Sedaris, and I liked this quite a bit, although I didn't laugh as often as I might have... there are some dark essays in this book about the death of his sister and mother, and the aging of his father. Still funny, but more tragicomic.

ArapahoeElizabethR Jul 11, 2018

Sedaris's books have not made me laugh out loud this frequently since Me Talk Pretty One Day. In Calypso, we see Sedaris dealing with issues of middle age and success while still showing off his incredible ability to combine seemingly disparate (and hilarious) observations and events into a coherent essay. He had me from his very first line.

LPL_SarahM Jul 10, 2018

I've been a fan of Sedaris's deadpan quips since I first read Me Talk Pretty One Day in the early 2000s. He is real and unapologetic in his observations. Calypso follows in the same tradition and there are out-loud laughs to be had in every chapter, along with darker observations about life, love, and family.

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brangwinn
Jul 07, 2018

I listened to this audiobook. I’m so glad I did. Sedaris is so funny and to hear him read the stories makes them even funnier. Now I have to go find more of his collection.

SCL_Heather Jul 03, 2018

David Sedaris is delightfully weird and I find him so very hilarious. If you are a fan this will not disappoint.

DBRL_KrisA Jul 03, 2018

This is more like Sedaris's older material - often funny, sometimes sad, snippets of his life with his family and his interactions with fans and the general public. I want to be like him - except maybe not so obsessive about fitbits and picking up trash.

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jquick99
Jun 27, 2018

This review is for the audiobook.

I thought this is better than his last few books, which seemed like he had run out of stories.

A couple of the vignettes are recorded live which I don’t care for. Besides being the Lazy Person way to make an audiobook, I find it distracting when the audience laughs at everything. Reminds me of a tv sitcom with a laugh track at the end of every sentence.

And what’s the deal with his relationship with Hugh? He (they) seem to be at the point where they argue or fight over everything and have lost patience with each other. Does he say one kind word about him in the book? He even admits that they act fake in front of others.

I did enjoy him saying “way back” re a location in his vehicle. I say that and my much younger hubby doesn’t know what I’m referring to.

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imagenel
Jun 11, 2018

A breezy read: large font n' nice spacing between lines; need Large-Print copies? BPL has them. Hilariously/frivolously/morbidly/politically/sexo-scatologically funny. Between the lines, Sedaris comes across in this oyl' o 'old age serial-memoirs as a bit of a control freak, compulsive shopper for culottes, and a hypochondriac with a pre-melanoma cyst and a larger egg-size 'something' (that he froze and intended to feed it to a snapper turtle), not to mention his leaky plumbing. Many chapters exposing his family, and worse himself; plus others 'essays' on creative swearing; fighting over how to feed/keep pets; forcing his mate of 30-yrs to admit to the number of men he slept with, and when the number passed 50, chapter ends with WHORE (who-re they?) and a final chapter on "Comey" ? Well, we all grow old and accept the inevitable...so does Sedaris.

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swdelaney2
Jun 07, 2018

Most of the content in here has already been published in the New Yorker, so there was not as many new essays as I might have hoped, but still terrific!

LVCCLD_Camille May 25, 2018

The New York Times writes of Sedaris, "The vicissitudes of his daily life are not so different from the vicissitudes of your life and mine, even if his eye for detail and way of processing the world around him are wholly his own."

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