Thursday, April 2, 2020

Book Beginning: Calypso by David Sedaris

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MY BOOK BEGINNING



Though there's an industry built on telling you otherwise, there are few real joys to middle age. The only perk I can see is that, with luck, you'll acquire a guest room.

-- Calypso by David Sedaris. I was in the mood for something funny this week, and this Calypso book is perfect. I'm reading it with my ears, as I do all David Sedaris books, because he reads the audiobooks himself, which makes them even more funny.

The essays in this book are more melancholy and reflective than his earlier books. There are several about middle age, the then recent death of his sister and the not recent death of his mom, his aging father, and human frailty. But while I'm stuck in my house, working from home, connecting online with family and old friends, and thinking about my dad who passed away just a few weeks ago, these darker but still hilarious essays hit the perfect note.



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YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


MY FRIDAY 56

It was interesting to see what we all did with our inheritance. . . . Gretchen moved south and sought to some bills while Amy and Paul essentially spent their money on candy.



20 comments :

  1. So sorry to hear about your dad. Hope David Sedaris does the trick.

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    1. Thank you, Roberta. It was a good book for me to read because so much is about losing his mom and preparing to lose his aging father.

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  2. I'm sorry about losing your dad. Take good care of yourself during this stressful time.

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  3. I haven't heard of David Sedaris before. Thanks for mentioning the book!

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  4. sorry to hear about your dad. stay safe
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Take care and stay safe.

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  6. I'm sorry to hear about your dad. My condolences to you and your family.

    I've never read Sedaris but the quotes and your thoughts make it sound interesting.

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  7. Sounds like a good read! I added you to the linky. Happy weekend, stay safe!

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  8. David Sedaris. What a hoot. I am adding this one to my TBR. My Friday quotes and a review

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  9. I didn't read your description carefully. I am so sorry about your father. What an awful time to lose someone. My heart is with you today.

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  10. Hi Gillion, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Take care and stay safe! xx

    David Sedaris is a great choice for a pick-me-up, especially his darker, yet still funny work. Take care.

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  11. Condolences. I am glad you managed to find some suitable reading to see you through such a difficult time.

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, but Sedaris seems the perfect choice! He is so wry, I hope he brings you comfort. Did you see his piece, I think it was in the New Yorker, about his failed attempt to "panic buy"? Had me laughing through tears in a difficult moment. ❤️

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