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Personal essays share the author's adventures after buying a vacation house on the Carolina coast and his reflections on middle age and mortality.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316392389
Branch Call Number: 814 Se
Description: viii, 259 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 22, 2019

I'm not sure why, but for some reason when I ordered 'Calypso' from KCLS, I thought I was getting a wacky, heartfelt book of fiction. Obviously I did not. That it is non-fiction and so clearly evident it is written from a wide open heart makes it that much more special.

'Calypso' is a series of stories, vignettes of a family growing older, but not necessarily growing up. It very much reminds me of the non-fiction Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, write about their family. You absolutley must laugh because otherwise you may cry.

'Calypso' is a fast read because you don't want to part from the family and their story for even a moment. You are left feeling you wish you knew this man and his family . . . or were part of it. The ending of the last story however left me sad with a touch of ennui because it was such a down note to an otherwise enjoyable collection of stories that all ended, if not with a laugh, then at least an uplifting smile.

Jul 14, 2019

I had never read any of his books until recently. Now I can't stop. This is the first one I read. Loved it!

Jun 07, 2019

Angry, sad, creepy, especially at the end of the book. Is this a cleansing for him? I used to really like David Sedaris.

May 10, 2019

This didn't have the edginess of Sedaris' earlier works. A bit of a disappointment.

BiblioDL66 Feb 21, 2019

This latest collection of essays by Dave Sedaris is darker than previous collections. in it he discusses the suicide and complex relationship with one of his sisters and the aging and frustrations with his father along with lighter topix such as travels with his siblings and the purchase of a beach house with his husband. He gives a frank and unvarnished description of his struggles with his family and his misanthropy. I think anyone with family struggles will connect with this collection.

CarleeMcDot Jan 31, 2019

A friend or two of mine had mentioned this book recently so I put it on hold at the library. As per usual I didn't know anything about it prior to checking it out - but that seems to be a recurring theme in my reading realm. I haven't read anything by David before, but apparently he is a pretty well known (and distinguished) author. When I shared on my Instagram stories that I had picked up this book I got a lot of feedback from folks who mentioned they had read it and that although his humor is a bit dark, it was a great book. I would have to agree with that assessment. This book is a bit of a memoir (a collection of essays from his life) that touches on some pretty deep topics - all while trying to poke a little fun at himself and keep it as lighthearted as possible. The stories center around him, his family and their relationships with one another. They are a dysfunctional bunch, but who isn't?! I wouldn't say each of the chapters made me 'LOL', but there were definitely some chuckles (and a few head shakes and maybe even a few gasps) throughout. I was able to read this in a couple hours and has me looking to see if our library carries any of his other titles. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

Nov 26, 2018

Had never heard of nor read any of his books prior to Calypso. I laughed a lot, so will try his others too.

Oct 13, 2018

Calypso came as a complete surprise to me. When Sedaris was younger and still hungry his books were edgy, smart and funny. This latest offering comes across as lazy, entitled, bitchy and as gross as the ongoing tumor joke. And btw the 'tumor joke' was not in any way funny. From a disappointed fan - the worst kind.

Oct 11, 2018

This is my first foray into David Sedaris' work...all I can say is that I cannot understand how anyone could give this less than 5 stars. I laughed out LOUD at least once with every essay. Even on the el, where I hate to make a peep.

Oct 03, 2018

Listened to parts of first 2 disc's. Six disc's too much to endure. Interesting David lives in England. Some years ago he had a story on public Radio. He was hired as an elf at a mall during Christmas season. Was very entertaining.

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