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The Author’s Bookshelf: Dave Eggers

“This is a collection of books I often recommend, books I’ve come back to again and again, books that should be given a chance if you haven’t yet had the occasion to pick them up. I always push The Known World on people, for instance, because I think it’s the best novel of the past 20 years, and is probably under-read given how good it is. A couple of the titles here are recent books I’ve enjoyed and happened to think of when I was assembling the list. These are books I can guarantee will deliver the goods.”

Dave Eggers is the author of seven books, including Zeitoun, What Is the What, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house, and the co-founder of 826 National, a nonprofit youth tutoring and writing organization with locations in eight cities across the country (including 826NYC, in Brooklyn). Eggers is co-founder of Voice of Witness, a series of books that use oral history to illuminate human rights crises. A native of Chicago, Eggers graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

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How We Are Hungry


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Slouching Towards Bethlehem Joan Didion


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Bicycle Diaries David Byrne

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Cathedral: Stories Raymond Carver


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