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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Trin
    Funny, but mostly punishingly sad.I need a hug now. I need to call my dad.
  • 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...
  • Lisa B.
    Ok - so what took me so long to read a David Sedaris book?This was hysterical! What a welcomed break from murder mysteries and dramas that I tend to read. Quite often I laughed so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks. My intention when I got this book was to only read a few chapters at a time. But once I started I just could not put it down.There is a saying that laughter is the best medicine. If you're looking for a good belly laugh to make y...
  • Rachael | booksforbrunch
    I loved this book! I’m not sure how I’d compare it to his other collections since every single one is a favorite of mine, but I did crack up in public many times. Also when I was reading this at a lounge and someone noticed this book in my hands, they asked if they could read an essay aloud and the whole room hushed as he read about David’s Fitbit, which I found to be a testament of David’s rawness and humor. I will say that the tumor tur...
  • Sara Planz
    The Fitbit chapter had me on the floor laughing hysterically. Another great offering from David Sedaris!
  • Ramona Mead
    This is Sedaris at his very best. He is able to be snarky and self deprecating while making sense of tragedy and grief. His reflection on and appreciation of his family are more clear here than we've seen in his previous works. He shows his own flaws and is unabashedly himself at all times, which is what I've always loved about him. The humor in this collection is wonderfully crass and I laughed until my abs hurt.
  • Elizabeth Olesh
    A new David Sedaris collection is always cause for celebration, and this is no exception. I read bits of the digital ARC to my wife as we waited six hours to buy a car. It kept us laughing and kept me from going postal!
  • Steve
    Sedaris is one of very few writers who can make me laugh loudly, out loud. And not just because he can throw in a twisted, vulgar image into almost any harmless situation. He is a keen observer of human foibles and wickedly cutting, particularly with those near and dear to him. Calypso has a lot of the Sedaris family, but his range of fire is much wider than that. Since he has not invited me to his English cottage or to accompany him on trash pat...
  • Dave
    Marvelous collection of essays--more unified than he's been, and more moving (and wrenching, and illuminating) when talking about his family and their beach house. But I laughed out loud on page two and kept surprising myself by doing so throughout. I still think Me Talk Pretty One Day is my favorite of his books, and "Repeat After Me"my favorite of his stories. But this is close to his best--and extra good if you know his mother and dad, his sis...
  • Hannah
    Classic Sedaris.
  • Joshua
    Since most reviews about books by David Sedaris amass upwards of thousands of reviews I feel safe in expressing whatever the fuck I want because nobody's going to really be paying attention. Reading this book I observed that suicide has been haunting me lately. Just this year a friend, who was just a few years younger than me, decided to end her life, and while I won't even begin to understand the thought and emotional process that went into that...
  • Jennifer Spiegel
    I loved this book. It’s different from his other stuff; it’s the work of late-middle age. I thought it was moving and honest (if not in fact, then in emotional weight) and, tragically real, tragically brave. So human.Reviews keep bringing up how this book is more personal than his other work—and it is. Sedaris speaks of his sister’s suicide, and he talks about the last time he saw her alive. He says of her that one day she could throw a p...