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18 Reddit comments about A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius:

u/[deleted] · 15 pointsr/AskReddit

The following are some of my favorite books that I could think of off the top of my head. Hopefully you dig the list.

u/dude_guy · 10 pointsr/books

This was great, thanks for the link.

If you haven't read his book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius I highly reccomend it. It turns its own pages.

u/Changeitupnow · 10 pointsr/books
u/pretzelcuatl · 7 pointsr/booksuggestions
u/Neonimous · 5 pointsr/malelifestyle

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is really great, but be warned that the book lives up to its title.

Also, I love reading about Robert Kennedy (one of the last true American politicians IMO). I suggest reading The Last Campaign. Pay attention and learn from Bobby, and you'll live a good life.

u/TheCohen · 3 pointsr/APLang

I change up the books on the non-fiction list every year and this one is no longer on the list. It's a good one though: here's a link to it on Amazon.

Students may enjoy looking into Dave Eggers' work. He's written another book I've considered putting on the non-fiction project list, Zeitoun, a wonderful fictionalized work of true events called What is the What, and he is the editor and founder of McSweeney's, which has spawned the cool sport's writing quarterly Grantland and a sister literary magazine, The Believer.

u/Delacqua · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

I hate to recommend the opposite of what you're asking for, but Dave Egger's memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius definitely has that "hyperactive" rhythm to it.

u/johnhutch · 2 pointsr/raisingkids

While counseling definitely sounds like the best course of action, and while I doubt free time is limited, if you can get your hands on this book and read it, you might, at least, not feel so alone in the world. Who knows, you might even glean a few strategies from it:

tl;dr: famous author, david eggers in his early 20's, becomes guardian of his younger brother.

u/Wilmore · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I know this is a little late, but you should check out A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. It's memoir-like, a true story, but it's written in a very light and readable way. The author lost his parents within a few months of each other and ended up having to raise his 8-year-old brother. As depressing as that sounds, the book is really brisk and often hilarious. It's a book I think everybody should read, but it sounds like it may be exactly what you're looking for as well.

u/onomatoleah · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

It's hard to follow The Glass Castle - such a compelling read. I'm also a fan of memoirs and really enjoyed Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg. I have mommy issues, so I identified with the author quite a bit. Also, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggars. Emotionally taxing at times, from what I recall (need to give this another read), but really worth it.

u/beeblez · 2 pointsr/

In the modern literature category

Dave Eggers - What is the What. Or A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius by him is also pretty good.

A.S. Byatt - Possession

Also, someone else mentioned Neal Stephenson, I cannot second this recommendation strongly enough! Very fun reads that don't shy away from intellectual engagement. I read Cryptonomicon by him recently and loved it.

I also note you don't mention Don DeLillo although you mention many of his contemporaries. Check out White Noise by him and go from there.

I could probably make some more suggestions, but it depends what genre's and styles you're really into? Do you want hugely post-modern? Do you enjoy the classics? (I notice your list had no Shakespeare, his tragedies are as famous as they are for good reason)

u/trying_to_remember · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue
u/FranktheCheetah · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
This link will lead you to one of the best books I've ever read. Written by a guy in his early 20's as well who also lost both parents almost simultaneously, in a type of English everyone in their 20's will appriciate. Absolutely hilarious and heartfelt. Seems like it would give a bit of peace of mind right now.

u/random-mash · 1 pointr/AskReddit

At 22, Dave eggers lost his mother, and began raising his 8 year old brother on his own. He wrote a book about his experience dealing with his loss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: a true story Your post reminded me of it in many ways, including your reactions as you've described them. There is nothing Oprah about this book. Maybe it will help you work through things. Or maybe you should avoid it at all costs. I don't know.

u/downtown14 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Good luck, reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius might help you feel a little less alone:

Based on to the true story. At the age of 22, Eggers became both an orphan and a "single mother" when his parents died within five months of one another of unrelated cancers. In the ensuing sibling division of labor, Dave is appointed unofficial guardian of his 8-year-old brother, Christopher. The two live together in semi-squalor, decaying food and sports equipment scattered about, while Eggers worries obsessively about child-welfare authorities, molesting babysitters, and his own health. His child-rearing strategy swings between making his brother's upbringing manically fun and performing bizarre developmental experiments on him.

u/margalicious · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Not entering. But if I were, I'd want dis.


u/rarelyserious · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Dave Egger's A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; it's poignant, touching, and hilarious.

u/Zoobles88 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hmm...well, the writer of The Circle wrote a memoir about his post-college days, with a really pretentious title. I have always really liked it, but the reviews are mixed.

The Stolen Child is pretty cool. It's a little different, I hadn't read anything like it before, and got through it quick.

My personal favorite is American Gods. Little weird, but if you're into it, it will really pull you in quick.

And if you're into something creepier, Heart-Shaped Box (not to be confused with the Nirvana song) is probably one of the scariest things I've ever read.

And then as far as YA is concerned, I just discovered Jennifer Hubbard last week - met her at a writing conference.

And then I had never heard of House of Leaves - but it looks SO cool, so thank you haha