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  • Published: New York : Vintage Books, 2001.
  • Year Published: 2001
  • Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
  • Description: xvii, 437, 48 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0375725784
  • 9780375725784
  • 9781417632244
  • 1417632240

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A heartbreaking work of staggering genius

by Eggers, Dave.

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Call number: 921 Eggers, Dave

Additional Details

Addendum bound upside down.

Incomplete guide to symbols and metaphors -- Through the small tall bathroom window, etc. -- Please look, can you see us, etc. -- Enemies list, etc. -- Oh I could be going out, sure -- Outside its blue-black-getting darker, etc. -- When we hear the news at First -- Fuck it. Stupid show, etc. -- We can't do anything about the excrement -- Robert Urich says no. We were so close -- Of course it's cold -- Black Sands Beach is.

A memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply hearfelt story of the love that holds a family together.

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The Vacuum

I love this book. Egger's imaginative, energetic style sucked me in, as usual, but the uniquely-detailed, deeply personal aspects of this memoir kept me absolutely glued to the page.

Heartbreaking, Check. Staggering, Check. Genius, Check.

This is a great book. Dave Eggers is an imaginative and energetic writer and dives in with great enthusiasm to his story. I'm glad he does - it's a great story. The telling comes across as very honest, because Dave Eggers doesn't always appear to be a great guy.

He's blunt about his family tragedies, his relationship with his siblings, his successes and his failures. At times this bluntness is startling, at times, refreshing.

My Absolute Favorite Book

If you like memoirs, make sure you give this one a read! Eggers manages to tackle some difficult subjects with humor, and the writing is fantastic. Certain passages would be fantastic as audition monologues, as well.

Thumbs up for Eggers' Genius

This is a fantastic book. Pulitzer nominated Eggers mixes truth and exaggeration to a T in this memoir. His stories and funny and heartbreaking. His rambling of words and words of rambling is like reading butter that won't stop spreading. A good read. Eggers has done all sorts of great things and it's nice reading about his road to get there.

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