Book Review – Calypso


This next one was my June Book of the Month choice and, fun fact, it was also my 100th book since I got married in September of 2014. (I celebrated by buying a book today.) I’m drawn to memoirs and needed a light read after the last couple of topics I was getting stuck on and this one delivered.

Book 20:
by David Sedaris

Humour, Memoir

May 2018

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Calypso is a collection of true stories about being middle aged, mortality, beach houses and the Sedaris family. David gives the reader a peak into the humor he finds in his every day life. He shares his story with great humility despite the very obvious wealth he’s found himself in.

Favorite Quote(s):

“‘What are you doing?’ Hugh moaned as I stepped out of the dressing room. ‘That’s three pairs of culottes you’ll own now.’ All I could say in my defense was ‘Maybe I have a busy life.’” 

-David Sedaris, Calypso

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None yet.


My Overall Rating:
3.5 – As a memoir, I would give this a three. As a humor book, I would give it a 4. I literally laughed out loud in some parts. I really respect Sedaris for maintaining such humility even though he’s very clearly very wealthy. I enjoyed reading about his lifestyle both at his home in Sussex and at his vacation home in North Carolina. It was fun to dream of owning either home and to learn about how he uses his spaces.

This book won’t move mountains, but it is a perfect summer read.