Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is an American writer, editor, and publisher. He is known for his best-selling memoir 'A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius' and for his more recent work in both fiction and non-fiction. Eggers is also the founder of McSweeney's, a literary journal, and has been involved in various philanthropic efforts, including the creation of the 826 Valencia writing center for young people.


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  1. 1. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a memoir that follows the life of a young man who, after the cancer-related deaths of his parents, is tasked with raising his 8-year-old brother. The book explores themes of death, family, and the responsibilities that come with sudden adulthood. It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, showcasing the protagonist's journey through grief, financial struggles, and the challenge of raising a child, all while trying to navigate his own young adulthood.

  2. 2. What Is the What

    The novel is a fictionalized account of a real-life Sudanese refugee, Valentino Achak Deng, who was forced to flee from his village during the Second Sudanese Civil War. The story follows his harrowing journey as a child through Ethiopia and Kenya, his life in various refugee camps, and his eventual resettlement in the United States. The book explores themes of survival, identity, and the power of storytelling, while shedding light on the tragic history and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

  3. 3. A Hologram For The King

    "A Hologram For The King" by Dave Eggers follows the story of Alan Clay, a washed-up salesman who is sent to Saudi Arabia to pitch a holographic teleconferencing system to the king. Struggling with personal and professional setbacks, Alan navigates cultural differences and the challenges of doing business in a foreign country while also reflecting on his own life and regrets. Along the way, he forms unexpected connections with the locals and learns valuable lessons about the meaning of success and the importance of human connection.

  4. 4. Zeitoun

    The book is a non-fiction account of a Syrian-American contractor named Zeitoun who decides to stay in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Despite the chaos, he paddles around the city in a canoe, helping those he can. However, he is arrested and accused of looting, leading to a harrowing experience in prison. The narrative explores themes of family, survival, and the breakdown of civil liberties in times of crisis.

  5. 5. You Shall Know Our Velocity

    Two childhood friends embark on a week-long, round-the-world adventure, determined to give away a large sum of money they recently acquired. The journey is filled with absurd and often humorous encounters as they struggle to make sense of their friend's recent death and their own place in the world. The narrative explores themes of grief, friendship, and the human capacity for altruism and selflessness.