Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

ISBN-10: 0375725784

ISBN-13: 9780375725784

Edition: 2001

Authors: Dave Eggers

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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. The Vintage edition includes a new appendix by the author.
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.12" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Dave Eggers was born on March 12th, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois when he was a child. Eggers attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, until his parents' deaths in 1991 and 1992. The loss left him responsible for his eight-year-old brother and later became the inspiration for his highly acclaimed memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". Published in 2000, the memoir was nominated for a nonfiction Pulitzer the following year. Eggers edits the popular "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" published annually. In 1998, he founded the independent publishing house, McSweeney's which publishes a variety of magazines and literary journals. Eggers has also opened several nonprofit writing centers for high school students across the United States. Eggers has written several novels and his title, A Hologram for the King, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. His most recent work of fiction, entitled The Circle, was published in 2013.

Rules and Suggestions for Enjoyment of This Book
Preface to This Edition
Incomplete Guide to Symbols and Metaphors
Through the small tall bathroom window, etc.
Video games
"Blind leaders of the blind" [Bible]
Some violence
Embarrassment, naked men
Please look. Can You see us, etc.
Ocean plunging, frothing
Little League, black mothers
Rotation and substitution
Hills, views, roofs, toothpicks
Numbing and sensation
Johnny Bench
The enemies list, etc.
Teachers driven before us
Plane crash
State of the Family Room Address
So like a fragile girl
Old model, new model
Bob Fosse Presents
Oh I could be going out, sure
But no. No no!
The weight
Seven years one's senior, how fitting
John Doe
Decay v. preservation
Burgundy, bolts
Outside it's blue-black and getting darker, etc.
Stephen, murderer, surely
The Bridge
Jon and Pontius Pilate
John, Moodie, et al.
A stolen wallet
The 99th percentile
Mexican kids
Lineups, lights
A trail of blood, and then silence
When we hear the news at First
[Some mild nudity]
All the hope of history to date
An interview
Death and suicide
Keg beer
Mr. T
Steve the Black Guy
A death faked, perhaps (the gray car)
A possible escape, via rope, of sheets
A broken door
Betrayal justified
Fuck it. Stupid show, etc.
Some bitterness, some calculation
Or anything that looks un-us
More nudity, still mild
Of color, who is of color?
Chakka the Pakuni
Hairy all the crotches are, bursting from panties and briefs
The Marina
The flying-object maneuver
Drama or blood or his mouth foaming or
A hundred cymbals
Would you serve them grapes? Would that be wrong?
"So I'm not allowed"
Details of all this will be good
We can't do anything about the excrement
The Future
"Slacker? Not me," laughs Hillman
Meath: Oh yeah, we love that multicultural stuff
Fill out forms
"a nightmare WASP utopia"
A sexual sort of lushness
There has been Spin the Bottle
"I don't know"
"Thank you, Jesus"
"I'm dying, Shal"
Robert Urich says no. We were so close
Laura Branigan, Lori Singer, Ed Begley, Jr.
To be thought of as smart, legitimate, permanent. So you do your little thing
A bitchy little thing about her
A fall
The halls, shabbily shiny, are filled with people in small clumps
That Polly Klaas guy giving me the finger at the trial
Adam, by association, unimpressive
Of course it's cold
The cold when walking off the plane
Plans for a kind of personal archaeological orgy or something, from funeral homes to John Hussa, whose mom heated milk once, after Grizzly
A lesbian agnostic named Minister Lovejoy
Chad and the copies
Leaf pile
Another threat
Of course she knows
Wouldn't everyone be able to tell?
The water rising, as if under it already
Black Sands Beach is
No hands
Down the hill, the walk
Birthday, parquet
Hot, poisoned blood
Jail, bail, the oracle
More maneuvers
A fight
Finally, finally
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