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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  30,452 ratings  ·  3,902 reviews
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 i
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Bonnie That is the entire point, that is what haunts him. Anyone who has loved a mentally ill person has a cache of those memories, where they shut down the…moreThat is the entire point, that is what haunts him. Anyone who has loved a mentally ill person has a cache of those memories, where they shut down the person who is mean and drains every ounce of energy, but who needed them at the moment. I can tell you I have a moment like that I think about every single day of my life, and my dear friend has been dead 8 years.(less)
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Elyse Walters
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ultimately teaching us to choose love.

A few times I laughed
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I’m often misunderstood at my supermarket in Sussex, not because of my accent but because I tend to deviate from the script.

Cashier: Hello, how are you this evening?
Me: Has your house ever been burgled?
Cashier: What?
Me: Your house—has anyone ever broken into it and stolen things?

With me, people aren’t thinking What did you say? so much as Why are you saying that?

Top line Sedaris aslant observations and commentary on family, love, and aging. Some of the subjects are dark, some sadly bitter-swee
Larry H
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 mention his unique ability to highlight some of life's
I think this is Sedaris’s finest work to date. While sticking with his usual humor and cynical delivery, he gets raw talking about topics like suicide, alcoholism, the afterlife, aging, etc. I found myself very emotionally engaged throughout the book and wanted to reach into it and give him a hug from time to time (which, no doubt, he would find disturbing and certainly have something to say about!)

If you have not read Sedaris before, I think he is one of the best memoir-ists of our time. While
j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

It'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 inappropriate the subject is. You will find yourself lau
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I must admit... I had never heard of this David Sedaris guy, but damn he is entertaining!!
These stories, mostly about the himself and his partner Hugh, his parents and siblings ... and aging...just gave me the most laughter I’ve had in awhile! There is one about a stomach virus... I was just 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Great stuff here!
5 cha cha cha stars!

Others already knew that Sedaris would take care of us. I’m new to the game. Long ago, I tried reading one of his collections and quickly ditched it. Huh, this guy is funny? Not to me. I figured we did not match—his jokes, my sensibilities, no go. Everyone has a different funny bone.

Well, I’m here to tell you, all my thoughts about different sensibilities and different funny bones are bull. Because damn if I’m not on my pogo stick again! I haven’t had so many laughs since Nor
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ok, so first off, I was laughing out loud within three pages of the first chapter. Well, laughing and kind of gagging. Eating your turtle’s nutrition bar with dead flies? Ugh. I’ll let David tell you the whole story. And then in the very next chapter, he talks about his sister’s suicide. This is a book that hits you with all the emotions. It’s the kind of book you want to share with friends, to read paragraph after paragraph out loud to anyone within hearing. There’s lots here. Not just the humo
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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To 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 I am completely smitten with every single one of the
da AL
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Combine all the mixed feelings you could ever have about life as well as family -- make your reader laugh, think, and cry -- and then add in the same way the suicide of a sibling -- only Sedaris can do this...
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my blog.

A collection of twenty-one personal essays on approaching middle age with humor and hope, Calypso stitches together the poignant and the satirical. Sedaris takes on a wide array of lighthearted topics, from fitbits to vacation homes, as well as more serious subjects, like illness, addiction, and death. The author’s wit shines no matter what he discusses, though, and he paints a vivid portrait of his family across th
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Sedaris does it again with Calypso. It’s funny, intelligent and brilliant. He’s honest with his feelings and not afraid to share the good, bad and ugly. His observations are candid, weird, perverse and humorous but honest which makes his books worth the read.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One writes out of one thing only--one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art. James Baldwin

I have listened to all of Sedaris’ books and this is by far his funniest, but also his most heartrending book to date offering up all that we have come to love from the bizarre to the bleak; the p
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Wry and witty, this collection of essays is both hysterically funny one moment and heartbreakingly poignant the next. Nothing is taboo, and topics range from the serious to the ridiculous: aging, family, bodily functions, suicide, his Fitbit obsession (which I could relate to, having been known to 'house walk' late at night to get to my target), social commentary, literal potty humor, and much, much more. His powers of observations are spot on and he says it all without a filter. As in
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I already miss David Sedaris. I finished listening to Calypso as an audiobook narrated by Sedaris yesterday, and I would have been happy to keep listening for weeks, maybe months... In a way, my love of his personal essays is bizarre. There’s a fair bit of revolting bodily content and he circles over some of the same family dynamics more than once. But, oh my! What a gift with words! And what a gift for scrutinizing himself, his family, life and the universe! Nothing seems to be beyond his inter ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Calypso from Little Brown, but KNEW I would have to hear the audio version in order for my experience to be complete. I started this last Friday on my commute and remained plugged in on the way to and throughout my youngest's double-header on Saturday. I'm not a real chatty person to begin with (my husband even bought me a "Do Not Disturb" sun hat to wear to games in order to enable my introversion) - but even without the hat the gods smiled upon ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 the fresh spring air, so inviting after a very, very
I won't call David Sedaris a comedian. He's not. He does not try to be funny. No, he is more of a satirist, a humorist. A fine observer of life's absurdities and oddities which provide the fuel to his many beloved, hilarious reflections. He doesn't like ghost stories and sharing recipes, but love fat people. People with 'phobian' resentments towards them should just shut up, he says (and he politely does not add that they should get over themselves, like I would have done).

David is no linguist,
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a full blown review, simply sharing that I adored this book. I don't normally read "compilations" or even straight up humor books but this one caught my attention and kept it until the end. I read it in a matter hours and spent the majority of that time LMAO!

All the stars for David Sedaris and his far too funny writing!
Sam Quixote
David Sedaris’ latest collection of humorous essays, Calypso, isn’t up there among his best books but it’s not a bad read either.

The most impressive essays were on his sister Tiffany and mother Sharon. Not that they’re exploitative – Dave’s the celeb, not his immediate family (except for Amy, his actress sister) – though they are revelatory. Tiffany committed suicide in May 2013 just before her fiftieth birthday and Sedaris talks about her troubled relationship with the family, the squalid cond
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looks like CALYPSO is taking over the world! Yay!

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
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, audio, 2018, humor
Family, mortality, middle age-dom, Donald Trump and public bouts of diarrhea are at the heart of this audio book, along with his obsession over his fitbit, and probably too many more things to count, honestly, I was laughing too hard to try and keep track. I finally had a chance to finish listening to yesterday, and was so glad I made it through before being interrupted by phone calls or my car telling me which exit to take. I listened to the first half last Saturday and had been looking for a n ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, humorous
Calypso is a good collection of humorous essays by David Sedaris. I listened to this on audio, read by Sedaris himself, which was a fun experience. He's a talented performer and I (mostly) enjoyed the book.

I say mostly because, like other Sedaris books I've read, he's best appreciated in small doses. I made the mistake of listening to Calypso in longer chunks, and the snarkiness became a bit tiresome at times. Had I only listened to one essay at a time, I think I would have enjoyed the overall b
Diane Barnes
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 write it down. And he lets us into his family of 3
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2018
Personal and tender, yet hilarious.. for me a perfect first book from Sedaris!
These stories are outstanding.. just so darn relatable and the honesty he spills out onto his work is deeply touching. This is an amazing book I highly recommend. ❤ 5 ☆
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
4.5 enormously funny yet serious stars

David Sedaris is in your face funny, irreverent always bearing a one two punch with his analysis of the world but mostly one of himself, He is often times impertinent, irreverent, and sassy, but the things he says hit their mark and find a place where they become relevant and profound.


In this outing we find David and his family at his beach house on the coast of the Carolina's. We meet his family looking forward to idyllic days of relaxation, playing
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I wish I owned every Sedaris book on audio. He can make the most tragic or gruesome topic hilarious.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[4.5] Calypso is my reward for surviving the mediocre books I've read lately. Sedaris tapped directly into my funny bone with these hilarious and poignant essays. Listening to him on audio was wonderful!
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When I worked as a bookseller, the thing I dreaded hearing more than anything was, “I want to read something funny.” In my experience, you could fill a canyon with books that are sad or poignant, or full of mystery or romance. But trying to find a book that will make someone actually laugh is tremendously difficult. Luckily, every three or four years, David Sedaris comes out with another uproarious essay collection to help in that department.

Sedaris is the king of trans
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crazy funny. David Sedaris is the type of person I’d love having around because he says the things we all think but don’t say because they are weird or offensive. I found this book to be a few highly amusing hours!

My quick and simple overall: funny and amusing. Very quick to read.
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David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand Diaries." He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Fa
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“After I die, and you read something bad about yourself in my diary, do yourself a favor and keep reading,” I often say to Hugh. “I promise that on the next page you’ll find something flattering. Or maybe the page after that.” 9 likes
“Have a blessed day.” This can make you feel like you’ve been sprayed against your will with God cologne.” 7 likes
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