Calypso - David Sedaris


By David Sedaris

  • Release Date: 2018-05-29
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4.5
From 1,096 Ratings


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.


  • What’s not to love?

    By Dwyer222
    The ever-creeping sadness and thoughtfulness in his work is on full display here, adding more depth than ever. But my god, how I laughed at some of these pieces. Sedaris is one of a kind.
  • Time well spent

    By Bobby Doubles
    I toggled between complete agreement and suspecting it is I he making fun of, sometimes landing right in the middle.
  • Fun

    By Bara800
    Made me laugh out loud multiple times. Sedaris is genius and funny.
  • Calypso

    By olddue1
    Wonderful and insightful book that was a pleasure to read.
  • Loved it.

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  • Bad

    By 2Sandybottom
    Not funny at all. Gross and uninteresting.
  • Best one yet

    By Hcjohns2001
    This book is a collection of his most honest and personal writing yet. There is still humor and laugh out loud moments, but the stories are so much deeper than that. This is an introspective collection of essays that I truly love every time I read them. Spectacular. (The essay about Carol the fox is my favorite.)
  • Calypso

    By mSU RD
    Ok, but not what I had hoped for. Dark, sad, and with a mean streak that I didn’t need. I’ve loved Sadaris’ other works, but this was disappointing—I think it was the self-absorbed back note that wasn’t present before. Not giving up though, and if this was cathartic for DS in some way, I’m glad for it.
  • Calypso

    By juliagillean
  • Hilarious

    By Peterkheinlein
    Within the first 3 pages I was laughing out loud. What an enjoyable read.