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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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Eggers, Dave(2000)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

At the age of 21, Dave Eggers lost both of his parents to cancer and became the guardian of his 8-year old brother Christopher. In this very personal, earnest, and humorous chronicle, Eggers recounts the loss of his parents and takes the reader through the first few years after their deaths, including the ups and downs of raising his brother while still so young himself. Throughout the book Eggers reveals a lot about himself: his obsessive worries about his little brother; his grief over never giving his parents a proper burial; his feelings about a friend's attempted suicide; his struggles in starting a hip, new magazine and much more. Though at times this book feels like one long therapy session, it is an interesting, entertaining, and well-written memoir.

Reviewed by Lynn L., Hickory Grove Branch

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