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David Sedaris – Calypso

June 1, 2018   |   6:30 pm

Price: $30


The Fearrington Barn

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.

David Sedaris is the author of the books Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.

The purchase of a McINTYRE’S BOOKPASS includes a hardcover copy of Calypso and – while supplies last – entry for one to hear Mr. Sedaris speak in the Fearrington Barn. Online sales have closed! A limited number of book passes are still available in McIntyre’s Books. Doors to The Barn will open at 5:30pm.

At 7:30pm, Mr. Sedaris will begin signing books at McIntyre’s. Mr. Sedaris loves his fans – if BOOKPASSES are sold out, please come out to McIntyre’s to buy a copy of Calypso and get in the signing line. We’ll also have a selection of his previous books for sale.

Stick around after the signing! Roost is staying open just for all you David Sedaris fans. Grab a beer and some pizza and rehash the evening under the oaks. Tommy Edwards will be there playing some excellent guitar.