Calypso (book)

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David Sedaris - Calypso (front cover of first edition).jpg
AuthorDavid Sedaris
Audio read byDavid Sedaris
Cover artistPeter Mendelsund
CountryUnited States
SubjectHealth, death, family
Set inEngland, Japan, United States
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company, Blackstone Audio
Publication date
May 29, 2018 (2018-05-29)
Media typePrint, ebook, audiobook
LC ClassPS3569.E314 A6 2018

Calypso is a collection of 21 semi-autobiographical essays by David Sedaris.[1][2] It was published on May 29, 2018 by Little, Brown and Company.[3] 14 of the 21 essays were previously published in a magazine or newspaper; some of these were published under a different title or in a different form.[2][4]


  1. Company Man[a]
  2. Now We Are Five[a]
  3. Little Guy
  4. Stepping Out[a]
  5. A House Divided
  6. The Perfect Fit[a]
  7. Leviathan[a]
  8. Your English Is So Good[b]
  9. Calypso[c]
  10. A Modest Proposal[a]
  11. The Silent Treatment
  12. Untamed[a]
  13. The One(s) Who Got Away[c]
  14. Sorry
  15. Boo-hooey
  16. A Number of the Reasons I've Been Depressed Lately[d]
  17. Why Aren't You Laughing?[a]
  18. I'm Still Standing
  19. The Spirit World[d]
  20. And While You're Up There, Check On My Prostate[e]
  21. The Comey Memo

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h First published in The New Yorker
  2. ^ First published in Condé Nast Traveller
  3. ^ a b First published in The Guardian
  4. ^ a b First published in The Paris Review
  5. ^ First published in Esquire


The review aggregator website Book Marks reported that 65% of critics gave the book a "rave" review, whilst 30% of the critics expressed "positive" impressions, based on a sample of 23 reviews.[5]


  1. ^ Levin, Gary (May 28, 2018). "Calypso: David Sedaris shines in tales of family, loss and a favorite turtle". USA Today. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  2. ^ a b McAlpin, Heller (May 30, 2018). "In Calypso, David Sedaris Blends Slime and the Sublime". NPR Books. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  3. ^ "Calypso by David Sedaris". Kirkus Reviews. February 20, 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  4. ^ Sedaris, David. Calypso. Little, Brown and Company. Colophon. ISBN 978-0-316-39235-8.
  5. ^ "Calypso". Book Marks. Retrieved January 17, 2019.