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  • Jun 12, 2010

A Heartbreaking Work celebrates generation x postmodernism, in that it re-imagines the way we read a story. Style has become an investment for many authors, and Eggers expertly adds his own flavor of artisan to this novel. It was inspired after his mother and father died within a month of each other from cancer and he was left to bring along his brother Christopher (Toph) while experiencing the misadventures of his twenties. It will show you a new way to explore literary works, and it will do so with the sincerity of a true story and the wonderful humor that exaggerates it into something much more profound. A must read! Dave Eggers is the founder of the not for profit reading lab 826 Valencia, which organizes local youth of San Francisco over the joy of reading and writing. Each year they publish a volume entitled The Best Nonrequired Reading. It is a compilation of stories and essays the kids of the reading lab have found and hand chosen because of their originality. Other chapters of 826 Valenica have popped up in New Orleans, Brooklyn, and Ann Arbor. Eggers runs the labs off of the money his publishing company, McSweeny's, earns. They put out a monthly magazine known as The Believer, edited by Eggers' wife Vendela Vida. This past year, 2009, the couple scribed their first screenplay, which was directed by Sam Mendes. It is called Away We Go. 


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Dave Eggers' loud, crashing, attention-receiving 2000 debut.
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Author: Dave Eggers
Genre: Memoir / Novel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: 2000
ISBN: 0-330-48455-9
Format: Print
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