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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based on a True Story
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Recorded Books, Inc. 2010
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The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving 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 heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an instant classic that will be read in paperback for decades to come.
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Street Date:
02/12/2010
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781449890896
Lexile measure:
1050
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Dave Eggers. (2010). A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based on a True Story. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Dave Eggers. 2010. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based On a True Story. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based On a True Story. Recorded Books, Inc, 2010.

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Dave Eggers. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based On a True Story. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2010.

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      • content: When the author's parents die of cancer within five weeks of each other during his senior year of college, he finds himself the guardian of his younger brother. They move from Chicago to California, and the culture shock provides the impetus for this memoir. Narrator Dion Graham has a deep voice that is both riveting and unsettling. His performance harkens back to the days of the Beat Poets by transforming the words on a page into a vibrant experience complete with character voices, rhythmic paragraphs, and asides that sound like run-on sentences but are actually thoughts and feelings and jokes and, well, life. It's a tour de force for Graham and Eggers, and a golden opportunity for listeners everywhere. R.I.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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        Literary self-consciousness and technical invention mix unexpectedly in this engaging memoir by Eggers, editor of the literary magazine McSweeney's and the creator of a satiric 'zine called Might, who subverts the conventions of the memoir by questioning his memory, motivations and interpretations so thoroughly that the form itself becomes comic. Despite the layers of ironic hesitation, the reader soon discerns that the emotions informing the book are raw and, more importantly, authentic. After presenting a self-effacing set of "Rules and Suggestions for the Enjoyment of this Book" ("Actually, you might want to skip much of the middle, namely pages 209-301") and an extended, hilarious set of acknowledgments (which include an itemized account of his gross and net book advance), Eggers describes his parents' horrific deaths from cancer within a few weeks of each other during his senior year of college, and his decision to move with his eight year-old brother, Toph, from the suburbs of Chicago to Berkeley, near where his sister, Beth, lives. In California, he manages to care for Toph, work at various jobs, found Might, and even take a star turn on MTV's The Real World. While his is an amazing story, Eggers, now 29, mainly focuses on the ethics of the memoir and of his behavior--his desire to be loved because he is an orphan and admired for caring for his brother versus his fear that he is attempting to profit from his terrible experiences and that he is only sharing his pain in an attempt to dilute it. Though the book is marred by its ending--an unsuccessful parody of teenage rage against the cruel world--it will still delight admirers of structural experimentation and Gen-Xers alike. Agent, Elyse Cheney, Sanford Greenberger Assoc.; 7-city author tour.

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        Dion Graham offers a stirring and, yes, heartbreaking reading of Eggers's Pulitzer Prize–winning memoir of assuming guardianship of his eight-year-old brother after both his parents died of cancer. Graham's reading is so honest and emotionally generous that it sounds as if he is relaying events from his own life. His pacing is well matched with the writing and varies with the shifting emotional current; the back and forth dialogues between Eggers and his brother ring true as Graham shifts his tone to capture the subtleties. Despite the often rapid-fire speed of Graham's delivery, he never stumbles and keeps the conversations believable and Egger's penchant for metafictional asides coherent. A Vintage paperback.

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