Declaration (1 of 2):
I am a big Dave Eggers fan.
I first began my ‘fan affair’ with Dave after reading What is the What, an autobiographical story told through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng. It chronicles the journey of the young boys and men from the South Sudan who fled to Ethiopia and eventually, Kenya. It’s the most gut-wrenching and life-altering book I have ever had the humbled privilege to read. I encourage you to put it on your ‘must read’ list for when you have your heart and gut aligned. For those who know me personally, you also know these men hold a very special place and space in my life. They have grounded me and schooled me throughout our journey together, which began – ironically enough – on 9/11.
But I digress.
Artfully crafted, I have also read Zeitoun, which documents the before-and-after of Hurricane Katrina, as experienced through the eyes of a Syrian resident. I found it astonishing and sad, as well as enlightening. I was mystified by the cultural navigation that Mr. Zeitoun had to conduct during this disaster.
Based on these great reads, I recently chose to lead a book club discussion on You Shall Know Our Velocity. *Sigh.* There was not much to discuss as many did not read it. For those who tried, they did not engage with the book.
I forged on with my ‘fan affair’ and I’m glad I did because I had the beautiful fortune to read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. I simply cannot express how fantastic this book is and how easy the words roll and flow. They tell a story that gets inside of you and inside of your head.
Declaration (2 of 2):
This is an excerpt from the book and yes, it’s true, Eggers was reflecting on his youth when he wrote it. But doesn’t it sound like some witty wisdom we can all live by? I think it will become my new life motto and my own personal cheer. So plan to come to my house next Saturday. We will giggle from the gut, talk about lovely and light things while tapping a keg. Who’s in?