Books by Dave Eggers
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Gift books should be special: arrestingly visual, deeply felt, quirky, comprehensive, important. We've combed the shelves to bring you several such suggestions, guaranteed to put a sparkle in the eyes of any big reader.
What are the best of the books? NPR Books looks at this year's National Book Award nominees for fiction and nonfiction. These 10 books — which tell the stories of a young drug smuggler, lovable philanderers, holograms in the Saudi desert and more — inspired, informed and entertained readers.
Abdulrahman Zeitoun was arrested just after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The Syrian immigrant had lived in the city for more than 20 years. Author Dave Eggers says Zeitoun found himself in "a perfect intersection" between a natural disaster and the war on terrorism.
The story of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the tens of thousands of children refugees from the Sudanese civil war, is the basis for Dave Eggers' new novel, What Is the What. Eggers and Deng talk about their collaboration and the traumas the "Lost Boys" endured.
Karen, who listens to WBEZ in Chicago, recommends Eggers' nonfiction account, which she calls a "comical tragedy of a memoir."
Writer Sarah Vowell offers an essay on the idea of creating gardens for political losers. The essay is featured in The Future Dictionary of America, edited by Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, David Eggers and the staff of McSweeney's.