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Calypso

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David Sedaris

6 Hours 30 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

May 2018

Audio Book Summary

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.

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  • Haley M.

    I've listened to about 5 or 6 books by David Sedaris, and each one I go through the same internal struggle while reading/listening.  1. Oh boy, a new David Sedaris book. Can't wait. 2. Man I missed his humor. Hilarious. so funny. a bit raunchy. 3. Okay this is more than a bit raunchy.  4. Wow. I'm going to hell.  5. Okay that was funny. 6. So much truth!!!  7. Aw man, it's over. Sigh.  This one was no different, and that's a good thing. Each of the stories were funny, or interesting, or contained something that made me facepalm and laugh and want to clean my brain out with bleach. Already looking forward to the next collection.  Content/Recommendation - adults only, contains language, a reference to suicide, and sexual content, and homosexual content.

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  • Maggi B.

    This is a perfect book for audio listening, especially read by David Sadaris himself. I found this book sad in parts, but mostly funny and honest.

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  • Anonymous

    most likely for an older demographic

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  • Briahna T.

    One of Sedaris’ better combination of essays. There is a focus on “later in life” problems - managing a vacation home, losing a sibling, relationship with parents, etc. But as always, hilarious.

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  • Tim T.

    I love this guys... and I’m looking forward to his next book...

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  • Lauren B.

    Witty, cynical with ample amounts of compassion and real love... I love David’s worldview. Great read.

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