A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 485
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780375725784
ISBN 13: 0375725784
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Book Review:

The author chronicles his life after the deaths of his parents, when he was responsible for the care and upbringing of his eight-year-old brother, and offers a new appendix clarifying, amending, and expanding the original work.

A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius

A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2013-02-12
ISBN 10: 1476737541
ISBN 13: 9781476737546
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius Book Review:

From the author of The Circle—the inspiration for the major motion picture starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks! "Exhilarating…Profoundly moving, occasionally angry, and often hilarious…A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is, finally, a finite book of jest, which is why it succeeds so brilliantly" (The New York Times Book Review). 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.

The Circle

The Circle
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2013-10-08
ISBN 10: 0345808606
ISBN 13: 9780345808608
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Circle Book Review:

LONGLISTED 2015 – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. From the Hardcover edition.

Burro Genius

Burro Genius
Author: Victor Villasenor
Publsiher: HarperCollins Español
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2008-07-08
ISBN 10: 9780061734267
ISBN 13: 0061734268
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Burro Genius Book Review:

De pie frente al público, Victor Villaseñor miró al grupo de maestros sentados frente a él, y su mente se llenó de recuerdos de infancia llenos de humillación y abuso por parte de sus profesores. Se sintió enfurecer. Con el corazón en la mano, comenzó a hablar de esos abusos. Y cuando terminó, para su gran sorpresa, encontró a todos los profesores de pie aplau-diéndolo enfáticamente. Muchas de las personas en el público no lograban contener sus lágrimas.Así comienzan las conmovedoras y apasionadas memorias de Victor Villaseñor. A pesar de ser muy talentoso e imaginativo desde muy niño, tuvo que vivir con una dificultad de aprendizaje (no fue sino hasta los 44 años de edad que fue diagnosticado con un caso grave de dislexia), y la frustración de ser latino en una escuela americana en la que sólo se hablaba inglés. A pesar de los profesores que lo maltrataban porque no podía hablar inglés, Villaseñor se aferró a su sueño de un día convertirse en escritor. Hoy en día, es considerado uno de los autores más importantes de nuestra era.

You Shall Know Our Velocity

You Shall Know Our Velocity
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2009-11-04
ISBN 10: 9780307426086
ISBN 13: 0307426084
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

You Shall Know Our Velocity Book Review:

In his first novel, Dave Eggers has written a moving and hilarious tale of two friends who fly around the world trying to give away a lot of money and free themselves from a profound loss. It reminds us once again what an important, necessary talent Dave Eggers is. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Ethos and Narrative Interpretation

Ethos and Narrative Interpretation
Author: Liesbeth Korthals Altes
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2014-07-01
ISBN 10: 0803255594
ISBN 13: 9780803255593
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ethos and Narrative Interpretation Book Review:

Ethos and Narrative Interpretation examines the fruitfulness of the concept of ethos for the theory and analysis of literary narrative. The notion of ethos refers to the broadly persuasive effects of the image one may have of a speaker’s psychology, world view, and emotional or ethical stance. How and why do readers attribute an ethos (of, for example, sincerity, reliability, authority, or irony) to literary characters, narrators, and even to authors? Are there particular conditions under which it is more appropriate for interpreters to attribute an ethos to authors, rather than to narrators? In the answer Liesbeth Korthals Altes proposes to such questions, ethos attributions are deeply implicated in the process of interpreting and evaluating narrative texts. Demonstrating the extent to which ethos attributions, and hence, interpretive acts, play a tacit role in many methods of narratological analysis, Korthals Altes also questions the agenda and epistemological status of various narratologies, both classical and post-classical. Her approach, rooted in a broad understanding of the role and circulation of narrative art in culture, rehabilitates interpretation, both as a tool and as an object of investigation in narrative studies.

How We Are Hungry

How We Are Hungry
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2010-05-28
ISBN 10: 0307369064
ISBN 13: 9780307369062
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How We Are Hungry Book Review:

How We Are Hungry is a gripping, lyrical and soulful collection of stories from the acclaimed author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Ranging from a doomed Irish setter’s tales of running and jumping (“After I Was Thrown in the River and Before I Drowned”) to a bitterly comic meditation on suicide and friendship (“Climbing to the Window, Pretending to Dance”), and from the Egyptian desert to the asphalt of Interstate 5, these stories are Eggers at his finest. By turns devastating, clear-eyed and funn – incredibly funny – this collection is a marvel.

Cinema in the Digital Age

Cinema in the Digital Age
Author: Nicholas Rombes
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 275
Release: 2017-12-19
ISBN 10: 0231851189
ISBN 13: 9780231851183
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cinema in the Digital Age Book Review:

Have digital technologies transformed cinema into a new art, or do they simply replicate and mimic analogue, film-based cinema? Newly revised and expanded to take the latest developments into account, Cinema in the Digital Age examines the fate of cinema in the wake of the digital revolution. Nicholas Rombes considers Festen (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Timecode (2000), Russian Ark (2002), and The Ring (2002), among others. Haunted by their analogue pasts, these films are interested not in digital purity but rather in imperfection and mistakes—blurry or pixilated images, shaky camera work, and other elements that remind viewers of the human behind the camera. With a new introduction and new material, this updated edition takes a fresh look at the historical and contemporary state of digital cinema. It pays special attention to the ways in which nostalgia for the look and feel of analogue disrupts the aesthetics of the digital image, as well as how recent films such as The Social Network (2010) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)—both shot digitally—have disguised and erased their digital foundations. The book also explores new possibilities for writing about and theorizing film, such as randomization.

Your Fathers Where Are They And the Prophets Do They Live Forever

Your Fathers  Where Are They  And the Prophets  Do They Live Forever
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2014-06-17
ISBN 10: 0345809610
ISBN 13: 9780345809612
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Your Fathers Where Are They And the Prophets Do They Live Forever Book Review:

From Dave Eggers, bestselling author of The Circle, a tightly-controlled, emotionally searching novel. Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? is the formally daring, brilliantly executed story of one man, struggling to make sense of his country, seeking answers the only way he knows how. In a barracks on an abandoned military base, miles from the nearest road, Thomas watches as the man he has brought wakes up. Kev, a NASA astronaut, doesn't recognize his captor, though Thomas remembers him. Kev cries for help. He pulls at his chain. But the ocean is close by, and nobody can hear him over the waves and wind. Thomas apologizes. He didn't want to have to resort to this. But they really needed to have a conversation, and Kev didn't answer his messages. And now, if Kev can just stop yelling, Thomas has a few questions.

Heroes of the Frontier

Heroes of the Frontier
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-07-26
ISBN 10: 0735272468
ISBN 13: 9780735272460
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heroes of the Frontier Book Review:

A captivating, often hilarious novel of family, loss, wilderness, and the curse of a violent America, Dave Eggers’s Heroes of the Frontier is a powerful examination of our contemporary life and a rousing story of adventure. Josie and her children’s father have split up, she’s been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she’s grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée’s family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation: They see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire, and they spend nights parked along icy cold rivers in dark forests. But as they drive, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization. A tremendous new novel from the bestselling author of The Circle, Heroes of the Frontier is the darkly comic story of a mother and her two young children on a journey through an Alaskan wilderness plagued by wildfires and a uniquely American madness.

Understanding Dave Eggers

Understanding Dave Eggers
Author: Timothy W. Galow
Publsiher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2014-11-12
ISBN 10: 1611174287
ISBN 13: 9781611174281
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Dave Eggers Book Review:

Understanding Dave Eggers is the first book-length study incorporating Egger’s novels, short-story collections, and films by surveying thematic and stylistic developments in the work of one of the most celebrated American authors of the twenty-first century. Timothy W. Galow offers a textual analysis centered on major issues in academic scholarship, but explores them in an accessible way that gives Eggers’s texts primary attention. Unlike other scholarship on Eggers, this work uniquely combines Egger’s early autobiographical works and the subject of celebrity as well as his later texts that deal with humanitarian issues. Galow devotes a chapter to each of Eggers’s major works, from his first book, the Pulitzer Prize–nominated memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, though his most recent novel, A Hologram for the King, a National Book Award finalist about an aging American businessman chasing success in Saudi Arabia. Other chapters cover You Shall Know Our Velocity, What Is the What, and Zeitoun. Each chapter studies the major themes and styles of the featured work while also placing it in the context of Eggers’s oeuvre. In this way Galow examines each text in its own right, but he also offers us a larger guide to all of Egger’s work. Providing important historical background for understanding Eggers’s literary work, Galow examines how Eggers’s texts are deeply invested in both his own public persona and the changing cultural conditions in the United States over the past twenty years. Galow’s careful analysis is conveyed in clear language that engages issues important to contemporary critics without being pedantic or jargon laden. As a result Understanding Dave Eggers can serve as a useful introduction to the author’s work or a valuable resource for the devoted reader.

A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2013-06-04
ISBN 10: 034580760X
ISBN 13: 9780345807601
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Hologram for the King Book Review:

A National Book Award Finalist, a New York Times bestseller and one of the most highly-acclaimed books of the year, A Hologram for the King is a sprawling novel about the decline of American industry from one of the most important, socially-aware novelists of our time. In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy's gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment--and a moving story of how we got here.

Why the Tree Loves the Axe

Why the Tree Loves the Axe
Author: Jim Lewis
Publsiher: HarperCollins UK
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2014-01-30
ISBN 10: 0007390939
ISBN 13: 9780007390939
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why the Tree Loves the Axe Book Review:

The brilliant second novel by a new US literary star.

Ungrateful Mammals

Ungrateful Mammals
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Abrams
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2017-10-17
ISBN 10: 1683350243
ISBN 13: 9781683350248
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ungrateful Mammals Book Review:

Eggers is one of the most notable writers of his generation, recognized for such bestselling and critically acclaimed books as A Hologram for the King, What Is the What, and The Circle. Before he embarked on his writing career, Eggers was classically trained as a draftsman and painter. He then spent many years as a professional illustrator and graphic designer before turning to writing full-time. More recently, in order to raise money for ScholarMatch, his college-access nonprofit, he returned to visual art, and the results have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the country. Usually involving the pairing of an animal with humorous or biblical text, the results are wry, oddly anthropomorphic tableaus that create a very entertaining and eccentric body of work from one of today’s leading culture makers.

The Literature of Reconstruction

The Literature of Reconstruction
Author: Wolfgang Funk
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-09-24
ISBN 10: 1501306170
ISBN 13: 9781501306174
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Literature of Reconstruction Book Review:

Winner of the 2016 ESSE Junior Scholar Book Award in Literatures in the English Language The Literature of Reconstruction argues for the term and concept of 'postmillennial reconstruction' to fill the gap left by the decline of postmodernism and deconstruction as useful cultural and literary categories. Wolfgang Funk shows how this notion emerges from the theoretical and philosophical development that led to the demise of postmodernism by relating it to the idea of 'authenticity': immediate experience that eludes direct representation. In addition, he provides a clear formal framework with which to identify and classify the features of 'reconstructive literature' by updating the narratological category of 'metafiction', originally established in the 1980s. Based on Werner Wolf's observation of a 'metareferential turn' in contemporary arts and media, he illustrates how the specific use of metareference results in a renegotiation of the specific patterns of literary communication and claims that this renegotiation can be profitably described with the concept of 'reconstruction'. To substantiate this claim, in the second half of the book Funk discusses narrative texts that illustrate this transition from postmodern deconstruction to postmillennial reconstruction. The analyses take in distinguished and prize-winning writers such as Dave Eggers, Julian Barnes, Jennifer Egan and Jasper Fforde. The broad scope of authors, featuring writers from the US as well as the UK, underlines the fact that the reconstructive tendencies and strategies Funk diagnoses are of universal significance for the intellectual and cultural self-image of the global North.

American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative

American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative
Author: Jonathan D'Amore
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2012-06-19
ISBN 10: 9780230390676
ISBN 13: 0230390676
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative Book Review:

American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative explores the contorted and often conflicted relationship writers have with their images and reputations as authors, particularly when they choose to write about themselves and their personal lives. By analyzing the autobiographical nonfiction of Norman Mailer, John Edgar Wideman, and Dave Eggers in light of theories of authorship, autobiography, and celebrity, this book considers the art of literary self-representation practiced under the forces of publishing's business imperatives and mass culture's insatiable appetite for personal stories about public figures. Contributing to ongoing conversations about the explosion of popular and critical interest in life narrative as well as those about relation of an author to his text, this book will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of contemporary American literature, life writing studies, and authorship and publishing history, as well as the many serious and dedicated readers of Eggers, Wideman, and Mailer.

The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell

The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell
Author: Paul Smith
Publsiher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Total Pages: 136
Release: 2019-08-01
ISBN 10: 1728223172
ISBN 13: 9781728223179
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell Book Review:

NOW AN OWL (Outstanding Work of Literature) Leadership Award Winner! Every great leader is a great storyteller. As a manager, CEO, or team leader, how can you innovatively engage your employees so that they understand where your organization came from, where it's going, and how you're going to get there? How can you connect with your customers in a way that makes them believe in your company as passionately as you do? Paul Smith is one of the world's leading experts in business storytelling. He teaches people how to be more effective leaders by communicating their company's important mission, inspiring creativity, and earning the trust of valued stakeholders. The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell explores the journey behind success, and breaks down not just the importance of your company's story but how to craft compelling ones of your own.

What Is the What

What Is the What
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 560
Release: 2009-02-24
ISBN 10: 0307371379
ISBN 13: 9780307371379
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Is the What Book Review:

What Is the What is the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan who flees from his village in the mid-1980s and becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys. Valentino’s travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback)–the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Eventually Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins. Based closely on true experiences, What Is the What is heartbreaking and arresting, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy, and, finally, triumph. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Dog Named Beautiful

A Dog Named Beautiful
Author: Rob Kugler
Publsiher: Flatiron Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2019-05-07
ISBN 10: 125016432X
ISBN 13: 9781250164322
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Dog Named Beautiful Book Review:

An uplifting and unforgettable story of a US Marine, his extraordinary dog, and the road trip of a lifetime. "A beautiful, beautiful book." — Jenna Bush Hager When US Marine Rob Kugler returns from war he had given up not only a year of his life in service to his country, but he had also lost a brother in the fighting as well. Lost in grief, Rob finds solace and relief in the one thing that never fails to put a smile on his face: his chocolate lab Bella. Exceptionally friendly, and always with - you wouldn’t believe it - a smile on her face, Bella is the friend Rob needs, and they spend their days exploring nature and taking photos. But then Bella develops a limp in her front leg. It’s cancer, and the prognosis isn’t good. Rob has a choice, either to let Bella go now, or amputate her cancer riddled leg, and see what the next few months would bring. For Rob, the choice is a no-brainer, and instead of waiting at home for the cancer to spread, Rob and Bella pack their bags and hit the road. Life is short, but the road ahead is long and winding, and as they criss-cross the country Rob and Bella meet remarkable, life-changing men and women who are quick to make friends with this incredible three-legged dog. A Dog Named Beautiful is a book full of inspiration, hope, love, tears, and laughs. Enjoy the journey.

Narrative Unreliability in the Twentieth Century First Person Novel

Narrative Unreliability in the Twentieth Century First Person Novel
Author: Elke D'hoker,Gunther Martens
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2008-12-10
ISBN 10: 3110209381
ISBN 13: 9783110209389
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Narrative Unreliability in the Twentieth Century First Person Novel Book Review:

This volume deals with the occurrence and development of unreliable first-person narration in twentieth century Western literature. The different articles in this collection approach this topic both from the angle of literary theory and through a detailed reading of literary texts. By addressing questions concerning the functions, characteristics and types of unreliability, this collection contributes to the current theoretical debate about unreliable narration. At the same time, the collection highlights the different uses to which unreliability has been put in different contexts, poetical traditions and literary movements. It does so by tracing the unreliable first-person narrator in a variety of texts from Dutch, German, American, British, French, Italian, Polish, Danish and Argentinean literature. In this way, this volume significantly extends the traditional ‘canon’ of narrative unreliability. This collection combines essays from some of the foremost theoreticians of unreliability (James Phelan, Ansgar Nünning) with essays from experts in different national traditions. The result is a collection that approaches the ‘case’ of narrative unreliability from a new and more varied perspective.