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, 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...
  • Lori
    “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 ...
  • 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...
  • Tammy
    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 ☆ 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...
  • 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 a...
  • 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...
  • Suzanne
    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.
  • Diane
    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 ...
  • Debbie
    5 cha cha cha stars!Doing the cha-cha to the calypso music, all while on my pogo stick. Can’t talk—requires extreme concentration! Just know that this is one helluva funny book of essays! Review to follow.
  • 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!
  • 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. ...
  • Tania
    This is now officially my favorite David Sedaris book. The audio version was great, and I would strongly recommend that you listen to the author tell these stories, as it really enhances the experience. Sedaris has always been funny, but in Calypso there is always a keen sense of regret and/or sadness. Almost all the stories focus on his family, especially on his mom who passed away a few years ago and his sister who committed suicide. I laughed ...
  • 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...
  • Sonja Arlow
    This is a memoir but not. The stories are true, but also, I suspect some are not.Maybe it’s a case of me misplacing my funny bone in recent weeks as I am neck deep in starting up a business and have a fair amount of stress, because I did not find this as funny as I expected. But the book had its moments and it was only a few stories in the middle that I disliked, particularly the recurring tumour story. But the book finished with a bang and I r...
  • Canadian Reader
    Rating: 3.5Sedaris’s stories about his family continue to be his best pieces—by turns side-splitting and deeply poignant. I was a bit nettled by his attention-seeking at times. For instance, his extended efforts to find a medical professional who would excise the lipoma on his abdomen and hand over the fatty tissue so he could feed it to “Granddaddy”, a giant snapping turtle with a growth on its head was all a bit much. I didn’t find it...
  • 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!
  • *TANYA*
    Funny, witty, even silly at time’s. First book I read by David Sedaris. I sat on this review for a minute and the more I thought about it the more I think I liked the book. I found myself smiling quite a bit during the audio version.
  • Cheryl DeFranceschi
    I almost spit hot tea on my cat Lily because I was laughing so hard.
  • Jason Koivu
    "David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book." So goes the description for Calypso. ...most...?Nah. That title goes to Dress Your Family Up... in which he bares his soul regarding his drug use and being gay for the first time in incredibly intimate detail. Calypso meres rehashes much of that. However, this does get deeply personal for the first time when discussing the suicide death of his long-troubled sister. T...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Paula
    There are few current-day essayists and humorists who have their finger on the pulse of contemporary society and who can go straight to the heart of matters in the way David Sedaris can. He is darkly, brutally hilarious, and his observations about anything he decides to write and talk about are spot on. I found myself laughing out loud until I nearly cried as I listened to his most recent book of essays which are particularly timely as he address...
  • 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...
  • Sonya
    The most affecting essays in this collection are about Sedaris's family. They are funny, as per his usual style, but also deeply sad. His family is fading away, and so are our families and so is the country, so all in all, it's a perfect book to read in this imperfect and cataclysmic age.