Calypso (Hardcover)

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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 popular (and not-so-popular) culture. Hovering over the essays is the specter of death- his mother, and most recently his sister- which adds a sobering and reflective note to the side-splittingly funny stories. Sedaris is brutally honest about the indignities of middle age, and turns his power of observation and provocation most acutely on himself. Calypso is both funny and melancholy - Sedaris’ most personal book yet.


— From Cindy's Recs


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 names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.

About the Author

David Sedaris is the author of the books Theft by Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316392389
ISBN-10: 0316392383
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018
Pages: 272
Language: English

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