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"I've cried at many a Sedaris book (of laughter, mind you), but this one was different. Sedaris breathes self-clarity and wisdom into Calypso as he writes of his relationships—not only to his Fitbit, but to middle-age, to his partner, to his aging father, to his sister's suicide. For those who've never read Sedaris, no matter; Calypso is at turns side-splittingly funny and achingly honest. For those who have, know that this is, I believe, his best."

Kate B.

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Author David Sedaris
Publisher Back Bay Books
Publication Date 2019-06-04
Section New Titles - Paperback / All Staff Suggestions / Non-Fiction Suggestions / Kate B.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780316392426

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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