Calypso

By David Sedaris,

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'Sedaris is the premier observer of our world and its weirdnesses'
ADAM KAY

'Funnier and more heartbreaking than pretty much anything out there'
HADLEY FREEMAN, GUARDIAN

'The brilliance of David Sedaris' writing is that his very essence, his aura, seeps through the pages of his books like an intoxication cloud'…

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2 authors picked Calypso as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I’m a big fan of Sedaris, and whether or not it is deserved, my work has been compared to his. I’ve read or listened to but always enjoyed his writing.

In this one, he deals with deeply personal moments, and yet he still makes me laugh. Humor has been a critical component in my life, getting me through the toughest of life’s adventures. Here, David gets dark as he delves into his family dynamics and his sister’s suicide.

This hit home as I, too, am one of six, and suicide has hit my family, although two generations before me. I…

I love humorists who give us more than just a laugh, and David Sedaris always goes beneath the surface of comical situations to find a deeper meaning. 

I’m an only child, so it’s fascinating to me to read about the bliss and tragedy of being a member of a large family. This writer has elevated the craft of the personal essay like no other. What inspires me most about him is that is unapologetically himself – even when himself is weird and odd and almost creepy. 

It has taken me a lifetime to learn to stop apologizing for who I…

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Weird Foods of Portugal: Adventures of an Expat

By Wendy Lee Hermance,

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Wendy Lee Hermance Author Of Weird Foods of Portugal: Adventures of an Expat

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Why am I passionate about this?

Wendy Lee Hermance was heard on National Public Radio (NPR) stations with her Missouri Folklore series in the 1980s. She earned a journalism degree from Stephens College, served as Editor and Features Writer for Midwestern and Southern university and regional publications, then settled into writing real estate contracts. In 2012 she attended University of Sydney, earning a master’s degree by research thesis. Her books include Where I’m Going with this Poem, a memoir in poetry and prose. Weird Foods of Portugal: Adventures of an Expat marks her return to feature writing as collections of narrative non-fiction stories.

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What is my book about?

Weird Foods of Portugal describes the author's first years trying to make sense of a strange new place and a home there for herself.

Witty, dreamlike, and at times jarring, the book sizzles with social commentary looking back at America and beautiful, finely drawn descriptions of Portugal and its people. Part dark-humor cautionary tale, part travel adventure, ultimately, Hermance's book of narrative non-fiction serves as affirmation for any who wish to make a similar move themselves.

Weird Foods of Portugal: Adventures of an Expat

By Wendy Lee Hermance,

What is this book about?

"Wendy Lee Hermance describes Portugal´s colorful people and places - including taxi drivers and animals - with a poet´s empathy and dark humor. Part travel adventure, part cautionary tale, Weird Foods of Portugal is at it´s heart, affirmation for all who consider making such a move themselves."


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