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New Meetup: Hip and Well Read: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

From: Michelle
Sent on: Saturday, August 22, 2009 12:33 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Hip & Well Read!

What: Hip and Well Read: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

When: October 28,[masked]:30 PM

Price: $2.00 per person

Where:
Philly Diner
3901 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Hey Hipsters and Bibliophiles,

October's book is...

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

(however, don't forget that there is still room for August and September books!)

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
From Publishers Weekly
Literary self-consciousness and technical invention mix unexpectedly in this engaging memoir by Eggers, editor of the literary magazine McSweeney's and the creator of a satiric 'zine called Might, who subverts the conventions of the memoir by questioning his memory, motivations and interpretations so thoroughly that the form itself becomes comic. Despite the layers of ironic hesitation, the reader soon discerns that the emotions informing the book are raw and, more importantly, authentic. After presenting a self-effacing set of "Rules and Suggestions for the Enjoyment of this Book" ("Actually, you might want to skip much of the middle, namely pages[masked]") and an extended, hilarious set of acknowledgments (which include an itemized account of his gross and net book advance), Eggers describes his parents' horrific deaths from cancer within a few weeks of each other during his senior year of college, and his decision to move with his eight year-old brother, Toph, from the suburbs of Chicago to Berkeley, near where his sister, Beth, lives. In California, he manages to care for Toph, work at various jobs, found Might, and even take a star turn on MTV's The Real World. While his is an amazing story, Eggers, now 29, mainly focuses on the ethics of the memoir and of his behavior--his desire to be loved because he is an orphan and admired for caring for his brother versus his fear that he is attempting to profit from his terrible experiences and that he is only sharing his pain in an attempt to dilute it. Though the book is marred by its ending--an unsuccessful parody of teenage rage against the cruel world--it will still delight admirers of structural experimentation and Gen-Xers alike.



A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is available on Amazon.com, however, I encourage you all to support your local independent book store or library:
City Paper's List of Independent Bookstores
Google Map/Listing of Independent Bookstores in Philly

You will notice that that if you RSVP "Yes," you'll be charged to attend. This is to help me cover my costs as Organizer and reduce the number of no-shows we have at meetings. Please keep in mind I'm only giving refunds if the meeting is canceled or rescheduled, not if you change your mind about attending.

Thinking about coming when the Meetup is FULL? Read/click here.


Happy Reading!

Michelle

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/philadelphia-hip-and-well-read-book-club/calendar/11172492/

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