Calypso by David Sedaris


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 name...

Details Calypso

Release DateMay 29th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Audiobook

Reviews Calypso

  • Elyse
    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 passionate and affecting — achingly good - urgent and surprising - contemporary and insightful - playful and outlandish- showing us the beauty in the broken — and ul...
  • Larry H
    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 collection, Barrel Fever , in 1994. In addition to helping bolster my self-esteem, he's always good for a fair amount of chuckling, giggling, and all-out belly laughing, not to me...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    FIVE STARSIt'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 cat when the kitty is off living his completely hidden life. David Sedaris was not amused when he found out that name.Sedaris makes every story funny, no matter how inappr...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: 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...
  • Nancy
    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 th...
  • Diane Barnes
    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 before it was accepted. Around every corner, though, there are the laughs, the twists and turns of a mind that thinks like us, only he has the courage to say it aloud or ...
  • Toni
    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 worry. Sedaris' fans follow David like a bloodhound (myself included), and most of these stories sound fresh to me. David seems more pensive, slightly introspective in th...
  • Kiki
    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 him I worked in a bookstore! I was delighted!). Anyway, a few of the topics he covered that night are revisited here (to my delight) in his newest effort, Calypso. ...
  • Eva Nebbia
    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 things) has this idea that the academy awards should be given out 5 years after the movie is released. I feel this idea has a lot of merit. This book deserves all five s...
  • Julie Ehlers
    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 to learn more about his brother and sisters, who play a larger role in this book than ever before. And as always, it was laugh-out-loud funny. Recommended.
  • britt_brooke
    “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 gastro-intestinal virus). Sedaris is a master essayist, always engaging the reader as if a good friend. As usual, his audio is outstanding. He remains a favorite!
  • Cheryl DeFranceschi
    I almost spit hot tea on my cat Lily because I was laughing so hard.
  • Matthew Quann
    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. Recommended as an audiobook: it’s the best way to experience Sedaris!
  • Rachel León
    (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 DENIM was perhaps the most notable Sedaris essay collection because he is right on point with pulling each piece together in the end. There are a few essays in CALYPSO that d...
  • Krista
    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 been your own invention. The above quote is a joke about David Sedaris finding out that his secretly favourite snapping turtle near his vacation home (a monster with ...
  • Billie
    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 siste...
  • jeremy
    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 observational humor and self-deprecating insights (and his voice reading to you from within your own head) make his writing an incomparable delight. a much-needed salve; to be ...
  • Holly
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐By far the best collection of essays I've read. Some of these stories were heartbreaking. And some of them were ridiculously funny - case in point...the second to last essay had me laughing until tears were steaming down my face, and I almost got a headache from the force of it. The man is a national treasure and I would read his shopping list. US Release date: May 29 2018
  • Stacy Fetters
    "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. D...
  • Ali Edwards
    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 p...
  • Kate
    This is the first book that I have ever read by David Sedaris. It is a collection of essays primarily focused on the later years of his life. It’s a memoir of sorts and is sprinkled with witty humour throughout. It was an easy read and a good introduction for me to the author. I will read some of his other books.
  • Melissa
    I love his brain; I love him. I had the honor of meeting him once and only wish I could've had him all to myself for at least a week for company and conversation. If I can think up a fitting review, I will post later. If you are a Sedaris fan, you won't be disappointed.
  • Mehrsa
    This is Sedaris at his best. It's dark, so funny, and completely relatable. The deceased sister and the mom haunt the book, but so does Sedaris' own weirdness, neurosis, and rudeness. I laughed out loud like I always do when I read him. Also, do this one on audible because there's nothing like him reading his own stuff.
  • Sharon
    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 suicide, and getting older. I found it a quick, engaging, warm read with many moments that I felt I shouldn't be laughing at, which is exactly what I've come to expect from ...
  • Trin
    Funny, but mostly punishingly sad.I need a hug now. I need to call my dad.
  • Ada-Marie
    Sharp, witty, poignant, hilarious. The best of Sedaris. Read it!
  • Jeanne
    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...
  • Ashley
    First line: Though there’s an industry built on telling you otherwise, there are few real joys to middle age.Summary: In the newest book by David Sedaris we get a look into his life in England and at his beach house in North Carolina. He tells stories of his family, partner and the neighborhood fox. Highlights: I think this is one of my favorite books by him. Ever since I was introduced to him, I have picked up everything I can find by him. He ...
  • Kate Vocke
    I felt like it was Christmas, my birthday and all the holidays rolled into one when I won a print copy of Calypso on Instagram a few months ago along with a ton of Sedaris swag - jackpot!! His first collection of essays in almost 5 years! I sat on it, and savored the cover and the early reviews, and finally decided to sit and get lost in it. Only knowing how sad I would be once I had finished. I LOVE every book he's written. I've gone to readings...