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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: 814.54 SED
Characteristics: viii, 259 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 13, 2018

I have never read anything by Sedaris before. I'd call it a sad,silly,hoity toity of a tale. The part when they were together after their expensive trashy shopping spree, and compared the clothing to that of a mental patients, was suppose to be funny. Then, later when Tiffany showed up at his show, with those shoes on, he had the door slammed on her. It was drop dead tears. This stuff is indeed very dark. At least the cat made out ok somewhat, because the turtles did not. When they found out a way to better their lives together, they did it reluctantly. Hugh may be holding out for something more, he seems the type for always something more. Gross sh.. at times throughout the book, yet this is life.

Aug 20, 2018

In a perfect world David Sedaris would produce and publish one new essay daily. Until then, this'll have to suffice. Loved it, as I love everything he writes.

Jul 27, 2018

So funny, I laughed through out the entire book. If you enjoyed his other books then you'll like Calypso as well.

Jul 26, 2018

This is the mature, gifted, deep, thoughtful yet hilarious, sweet, sensitive, eccentric, adorable writer that has become of the once sarcastic Crumpet in Santaland Diaries. It's hardly the same writer, actually, as now instead of living through awful employment and being young and poor, the narrator explores the death of his mother and sister. The writing is magic. Nobody voluntarily wants to read about someone's sister's sad suicide or mother's painful alcoholism, but nobody writes like David Sedaris. It's sweet, it's bitter, it's bittersweet, and it's so touching and heartwarming and joyful that instead of feeling kind of down about life, as you would with such subject matter, you want to go do something crazy and spontaneous to celebrate life.

There's so much more than the dour subject here, and the brilliance of this narrator is the way he brings you into the joys of picking up trash and hosting a variety of different kinds of people in his various residences, all while doing what we all do: judging and yet trying not to judge because we're worrying about what we sound like to others. Or maybe that's just me. No, it's not. David Sedaris does what we all do, only he admits it and shares it with more humor and entertainment and love than any other writer alive today. Every book he writes is a gift to those of us who get tired of living in our own less-than-amazing little lives. We're okay. He's one of us.

Jul 16, 2018

I am a long-time fan of Sedaris, and I liked this quite a bit, although I didn't laugh as often as I might have... there are some dark essays in this book about the death of his sister and mother, and the aging of his father. Still funny, but more tragicomic.

LPL_SarahM Jul 10, 2018

I've been a fan of Sedaris's deadpan quips since I first read Me Talk Pretty One Day in the early 2000s. He is real and unapologetic in his observations. Calypso follows in the same tradition and there are out-loud laughs to be had in every chapter, along with darker observations about life, love, and family.

Jul 07, 2018

I listened to this audiobook. I’m so glad I did. Sedaris is so funny and to hear him read the stories makes them even funnier. Now I have to go find more of his collection.

SCL_Heather Jul 03, 2018

David Sedaris is delightfully weird and I find him so very hilarious. If you are a fan this will not disappoint.

DBRL_KrisA Jul 03, 2018

This is more like Sedaris's older material - often funny, sometimes sad, snippets of his life with his family and his interactions with fans and the general public. I want to be like him - except maybe not so obsessive about fitbits and picking up trash.

Jun 27, 2018

This review is for the audiobook.

I thought this is better than his last few books, which seemed like he had run out of stories.

A couple of the vignettes are recorded live which I don’t care for. Besides being the Lazy Person way to make an audiobook, I find it distracting when the audience laughs at everything. Reminds me of a tv sitcom with a laugh track at the end of every sentence.

And what’s the deal with his relationship with Hugh? He (they) seem to be at the point where they argue or fight over everything and have lost patience with each other. Does he say one kind word about him in the book? He even admits that they act fake in front of others.

I did enjoy him saying “way back” re a location in his vehicle. I say that and my much younger hubby doesn’t know what I’m referring to.

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