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
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreNonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Short Stories, Comedy

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...
  • Toni
    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 these essays. He talks much more about his family...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Cheryl DeFranceschi
    I almost spit hot tea on my cat Lily because I was laughing so hard.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kristen Beverly
    I think I laughed out loud more in this book than any of his others. It is hilarious.
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    David Sedaris at his best.Another book of his that I had to read by myself because of my hysterical laughter.For all fans of Davids grab this& for anyone new to Davids writing get ready to become a fan,
  • Hannah
    Classic Sedaris.
  • Cindy
    Turn off the phone and cancel your appointments - a new David Sedaris book is here! Fans will be delighted to catch up with the relatives they've come to know as well as their own, and those new to his work will be swept up in the dynamic of an offbeat family that is shockingly honest and unconventional about their relationship with each other and the world. Sedaris gives us all-new essays about his travels, his beach house in North Carolina, and...
  • Tatum Fichthorn
    The love I feel for this book and David Sedaris is real. I laughed and laughed and laughed and I'm sad I finished it in 2 days.
  • Alvin
    Sedaris is at the height of his powers; hilarious, perceptive, and original. At this point he doesn't really need anyone to extol his genius, so I'm going to focus my review on the only one of the 21 essays in Calypso that misfires: an attempt to wrest humor from bizarrely impractical-and-ugly-yet-wildly-expensive Japanese high fashion. A. It's more or less exactly the same as an essay by John Waters in his book Role Models. B. If the jokey cloth...
  • BrocheAroe
    David Sedaris never disappoints. His stories are funny but poignant. They examine life and death but also Fitbits. He wrestles with middle age health realities, family losses, and an inconveniently-timed stomach bug, but remains fastidious, often obstinate, and is still up for an adventure, whether it involves a tumor removal in Texas or purchasing a vacation home on the North Carolina coast. In truth, he's just hitting his stride with his honest...
  • Jamie
    This book, like all of Sedaris' work, is completely original. I had to pause frequently to read out loud to whoever was in the room with me the crazy passage I'd just read. But behind all the hysterical anecdotes the book as a whole really captures something deep and real and full of heart.
  • Cathleen
    My favorite David Sedaris of all times. Wait don't I say this after every one of his books! Tears rolling down my face in laughter and sadness. He has a gift of sharing or over sharing (cough turtle story)! Love.
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Can anyone read a David Sedaris essay without hearing the whole thing in his voice?What a man. This newest book is definitely a mellower, more contemplative read, but don’t worry, it still had the signature David zest to it. If you’ve never read a book by him, I’d suggest starting somewhere else, probably with Me Talk Pretty One Day.Topics range from Fitbits and turtles eating tumors to spending too much while traveling, planks of wood as a...
  • Julie
    Perhaps his most personal work yet. Calypso is dark, funny, reflective, and outrageous—classic Sedaris. My only qualm is that in this one, more than in his other works, I could see the scaffolding of what he was doing. His methods became obvious to me and even predictable at points. It’s not ideal when you can see the writer writing. Still, David Sedaris remains a favorite, and this book, as with his others, had me laughing HARD, cringing wit...
  • amanda eve
    4.5 because I don't know how to feel about this. I'm a huge fan of David Sedaris. I pick up almost everything he's written; I love his distinctive voice and humour. This book is far from the irreverence that marks his early books. Sedaris is older and his family has suffered some major losses. "Calypso" reflects that: he's much more thoughtful, slightly (very slightly!) less cynical, and focused more on his family and their relationships with eac...
  • Danny Caine
    I dare to say it: Calypso is David Sedaris's best book. First and foremost, this is some of his most side-splittingly hilarious material ever (just wait until you find out what he wants to feed to a snapping turtle). Yet this book, with its meditations on grief and family and aging, has a heartbreaking center that makes the humor that much more impactful. It's an amazing book that's at once a tender ode to family, a self-examination in middle age...
  • Lisa Burris
    I have read every book David Sedaris has ever written, and this is easily his most personal, addressing his mother's and sister Tiffany's deaths, and reflecting on his own age. Rather than being a downer, Sedaris's stellar wit shines through, making this collection endearing and entertaining, rather than sad. Calypso has moved up the ranks, becoming one of my favorites of his books.
  • Janis
    He keeps getting better. I'm grateful to be growing older alongside David Sedaris. Look for this latest book of essays in May 2018.