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Calypso

by Sedaris, David,

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2018
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 8 copies
Available (7)
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Brentwood Library Adult Audiobooks PLAYAWAY 814.54 Sedaris
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Adult Audiobooks
 
Call Number  PLAYAWAY 814.54 Sedaris
 
 
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Audio Visual Playaway 817 S (133)
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
 
Collection  Audio Visual
 
Call Number  Playaway 817 S (133)
 
 
Moon Township Public Library Audiovisual PLAY 817 SEDARIS
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Audiovisual
 
Call Number  PLAY 817 SEDARIS
 
 
Northland Public Library Audio Books 817.6 SE2 (DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER)
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Audio Books
 
Call Number  817.6 SE2 (DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER)
 
 
Penn Hills Library Audio Visual PL 817 SED
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Audio Visual
 
Call Number  PL 817 SED
 
 
Sewickley Public Library AV - Playaways MP3 817 SED 2018
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  AV - Playaways
 
Call Number  MP3 817 SED 2018
 
 
Upper St. Clair Township Library Audiobooks PLAYAWAY 814 SEDARIS
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Collection  Audiobooks
 
Call Number  PLAYAWAY 814 SEDARIS
 
 
 
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Audio Books CHECKED OUT
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Audio Books
 
Status  CHECKED OUT
 
 
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Sedaris spends a good part of every year speaking all over the world; it's no wonder, then, that many of the personal essays in this new collection (his first since Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, 2013, though he released the first volume of his diaries last year) consider air travel and his fellow passengers. Such constant movement, on tour or between his cottage in West Sussex and his home on North Carolina's Emerald Isle, provides plenty of fodder for him to rage against small talk but not without suggestions for its improvement. Sedaris' family and upbringing have long been mainstays in his work, but this collection encompasses perhaps his most tender writing on the subjects yet. His sister Tiffany's recent suicide looms over family get-togethers, and his parents, his mother long passed and his father still hale in his nineties, receive ample page-time, too. For readers concerned that Sedaris has become too reverent, there's also an episode in which he seeks connection with a tortoise via hilariously head-scratching means. Readers may think they know what to expect from Sedaris; they'll be both surprised and delighted. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: There will be major fanfare, including a four-month tour, for Sedaris' first new collection in five years. Order up!--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Humorist Sedaris (Theft by Finding) collects 21 essays largely about family bonds and getting older in this hilarious yet tender volume. Facing middle age, the author purchased a beach house, which he named Sea Section, in his childhood state of North Carolina. The beach abode serves not only its intended purpose as a perfect location for family gatherings, but also ends up being a venue for arguments, jokes, and encountering local wildlife (in particular, a snapping turtle to whom Sedaris joked he'd feed a benign fatty tumor Sedaris had formed). Sedaris's mother died of cancer in 1991 at the age of 62, but his conservative, 92-year-old father (with whom he has a difficult relationship), three sisters (a fourth committed suicide), and younger brother are frequent visitors and fodder for Sedaris's perceptive and imaginative sense of humor; no subject seems too sacred for his wit, including his sister's suicide ("I've always liked to think that before killing myself I'd take the time to really mess with people") and the physical attractiveness of Jesus. He also riffs on topics ranging from the inane conversations people have at shops, airports, and hotels ("You're a long way from home, aren't you?" one bellman comments) to the nasty expletives drivers scream from cars. Throughout, Sedaris reveals a deep loyalty to family, with loving reminiscences of his mother, a palpable wish to be closer to his father, and a nostalgic devotion to his siblings and their shared memories. The author's fans and newcomers alike will be richly rewarded by this sidesplitting collection. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Audiobooks.
Publisher Solon, Ohio :2018
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Hart, Daniel, 1976- composer.
Playaway Digital Audio.
Findaway World, LLC, publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by the author.
Daniel Hart, composer.
Language English
Notes Release date supplied by publisher.
"Original music composed & performed by Daniel Hart" --Playaway.
Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
Description 1 audio media player (approximately 6 hr., 45 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ISBN 9781549117961
1549117963
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