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One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box: Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, and Minor Robberies Hardcover – September 20, 2007
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Dave Eggers is the bestselling author of seven books, including "A Hologram for the King", a finalist for the National Book Award; "Zeitoun", winner of the American Book Award and Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and" What Is the What", which was a finalist for the National Book Critics" "Circle Award and won France s "Prix Medici". That book, about Valentino" "Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, which operates a secondary school in South Sudan run by Mr. Deng. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine, "The Believer: ", a" "quarterly DVD of short films and documentaries, " Wholphin", and an" "oral history series, Voice of Witness. In 2002, with Ninive Calegari he cofounded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities have since opened sister 826 centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Eggers is also the founder of ScholarMatch, a program that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition. A native of Chicago, Eggers now lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.""
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And of course, like all McSweeney's books, this set is exquisitely made. A real treasure!
Several short, funny, sad, and interesting stories that can be enjoyed quickly on the morning train commute or curled up on the couch on a lazy day off.
The set (like all of McSweeney's books) is very well-bound and will look beautiful on your bookshelf.
Egger's volume isn't bad, considering I don't even really like the shallow genre of flash fiction, anyway. The best part of his writing in this box set is his introduction, something that's not even contained in his volume of work. I don't really understand the fascination with Dave Eggers, but this work isn't bad. This would get two stars on its own.
Unferth's volume, quite frankly, is horrendous. I hope I never read anything worse. I was seriously depressed while reading this, and, since I didn't want to pick it up to suffer any further, the depression lasted far longer than it needed to. It is, thankfully, a very short volume of rubbish. Honestly, the whole boxed set would have a greater value if this book weren't in it. This would get zero stars on its own and brings the entire average down sharply.
Deb Olin Unferth's pieces are strange, cubist, experimental, funny, frightening. Some of them aren't stories at all, but assemblages of mercurial thought. Others evince the clear influence of Diane Williams and Lydia Davis, among others, but that's not a bad thing. The best of the bunch, in my opinion, are the more narrative-oriented stories, such as The Container, Soap, Managing, and---my favorite---Juan the Cell Phone Salesman.
I award the box five stars for Unferth's book alone. It'll be a collection I return to every now and then in the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this for my husband and he loves it. Nice little vignettes.Published 3 months ago by Bevina del Rey
Love these Books! Something to make you think about so many different past times or hypotheticals. Expands the Mind! Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by Anna
This is a wonderful book set. This is just lovely. I hope to give it to a close friend or a daughter someday.Published on January 10, 2011 by Kenna
no what is the what, or the others... but nice little pieces by one of the best alive.Published on July 16, 2009 by DRG
As a huge fan of short stories, and someone who thoroughly enjoyed both Manguso's (The Two Kinds of Decay) and Eggers' (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) memoirs, I had... Read morePublished on December 18, 2008 by Julee Rudolf