|By (author):||Sedaris, David|
|Subject:||FICTION / Humorous / General|
|HUMOR / Form / Essays|
|HUMOR / Topic / Adult|
|NON-FICTION / General|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Size:||0.00in x 0.00in|
|From The Publisher*||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.
|Review Quote*||PRAISE FOR THEFT BY FINDING: |
"An observant, acidic writer... The prickly Southern wit is still intact and sparkling... It's helpful to see that a voice as original, hilarious and sometimes as infuriating as his was put through the same Struggle and Starve meat grinder that most of us go through."
-Patton Oswalt, New York Times Book Review
|Review Quote*||"If it's hard to be funny, it's an astounding feat to stay funny--wildly, wickedly, ingeniously so--for more than twenty years. Yet David Sedaris has somehow pulled it off, in exhilarating essays that zero in on the absurd and the poignant with eviscerating wit and radiant humanity."|
-Fiona Maazel, O, The Oprah Magazine
|Review Quote*||"Mesmerizing... Delightful... Sedaris describes the world around him... the vast and splendid array of human life that can be observed at IHOP, or the vagaries of fruit picking... Reading Theft by Finding is like watching a favorite play from behind the scenes, in the company of a friend who can identify what is absurd and heartbreaking and human about every person on stage."|
-Annalisa Quinn, NPR
|Review Quote*||"Whether he's in an IHOP in Raleigh or his apartment in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, Sedaris's eye for the absurd and the vulgar is infallible and his deadpan prose style inimitable...His personal essays are put together so carefully that none of the seams show; they often ingeniously build to a sneak attack of wisdom or poignancy in the final lines."-Marion Winik, Newsday|
|Review Quote*||"Sedaris has become a reigning master of crystalline social commentary and blisteringly humorous self-reflection. His unforgettable autobiographical essay collections have become modern classics. They reveal the author's life in unsparingly personal, often gritty, always poignant detail."|
-Lauren Christensen, Los Angeles Times
|Review Quote*||"Sedaris, a master of incisive and comic cultural criticism, is about to get more personal than ever...Theft by Finding reveals intimate details of this literary luminary's life and mind--all told with his singular sense of humor."|
|Review Quote*||"Randomly open to any page in Theft by Finding and you'll find a gem... Sedaris's gift is to make you stop and think one moment and laugh out loud the next."|
-Rob Merrill, Associated Press
|Review Quote*||"This is Sedaris, who can be wickedly funny as well as deliciously insightful about modern mores... His eccentric existence is eminently enthralling."|
-David Holahan, USA Today
|Review Quote*||"The thrill of Sedaris's nonfiction lies in the absurd details of his memories, burnished with...polish and comic timing." |
-Boris Kachka, New York