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Calypso

Staff Review: Calypso

"Calypso" by David Sedaris

Cover: 'Calypso'

★★★★

In David Sedaris’ latest compilation of observational essays, he and his longtime partner have purchased a beach house on the coast of North Carolina. Many of the essays in the book take place at this house, which Sedaris and his family use as a place to vacation in the summer or to gather during the holidays.

The book contains 21 vastly different essays, all revealing different slices of Sedaris’ life and his witty thoughts and comical observations along the way. Sedaris writes about everything from the suicide of his youngest sister, Tiffany, and their strained relationship over the years, to getting a fatty tumor removed at the home of one of his fans and his subsequent attempt to feed the tumor to a snapping turtle near his beach house. One of my favorites, though, was one in which Sedaris chronicles all of the vulgar phrases people around the world exclaim during fits of road rage.

Though I’ve heard about him over the years, this was the first book by Sedaris that I’ve read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw him speak earlier this year at the Grand Theatre, which gave me an idea of what this book would be like, and it did not disappoint. Sedaris’ wit is so sharp and his writing is so unique that I cannot wait to start another one of his books!

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, humor, essays