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 funnyit'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 yetand it just might be his very best.
David Sedaris is the author of the books Theft by Finding,Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.
Date of Birth:
December 26, 1956
Place of Birth:
Johnson City, New York
B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987
Table of Contents
Company Man 3
Now We Are Five 15
Little Guy 33
Stepping Out 41
A House Divided 51
The Perfect Fit 67
Your English Is So Good 95
A Modest Proposal 119
The Silent Treatment 129
The One(s) Who Got Away 157
A Number of Reasons I've Been Depressed Lately 185
Why Aren't You Laughing? 195
I'm Still Standing 211
The Spirit World 225
And While You're Up There, Check On My Prostate 239
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