Charlotte kindly bestowed upon me the honor of picking April's read and no surprise to those that know me, I've chosen A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.
I've been trying to compose this post in my head for weeks now... Do I assume people are going to read it or do I need to sell it? Do I apologize for the length? Do I tell why I think it's a groundbreaking piece?
But I finally decided to go with an introduction to the author. A memoir is definitively more interesting if you have heard of the subject before. For those of you who haven't heard of Dave Eggers, you may have.
Allow me to explain... He's kinda like a spider....
Have you ever been perusing the magazine aisle and come across this one?
He founded that.
When scrolling through movies to rent, have you seen this lil' ol' flick staring at you? (Yes, that's Jim from The Office!)?
He and his wife wrote that (loosely based on their life).
Here's a fun one...
Speaking of books, he's written just about every type!
To top it off, he's quite the philanthropist.... all the proceeds from Zeitoun (the real life story of the aftermath of hurricane Katrina) go to the victims in New Orleans. All the proceeds from What Is the What (the true story of one of the Sudanese 'Lost Boys') go to help other Sudanese refugees. Both books, by the way, are being made into films.
But wait, there's more!He created a non-profit after-school program for inner city kids to get help with writing and other subjects. Called 826 Valencia, it has since spread to 6 cities. You can hear more about it in his acceptance speech for winning the TED talk prize.... Yes, that's right, he was on TED Talks! You KNOW how I feel about TED Talks! :) Dave and the kids in 826 Valencia put out that series, The Best American Nonrequired reading.
I could go on and on about other projects he's had a hand in, how cool he was in person when I met him, how I have bought over 12 copies of A Heartbreaking Work (but only have 3 in my possession due to lending out and giving away....) but I'm going to stop now so as not to overwhelm you. I'm really excited to hear what everyone thinks of April's book!