It has been SO long since I’ve found an author that I’m just in love with and immediately want to read everything they’ve written. Mainly because I read a lot of newer/debut authors. But recently, I found a new favorite author and I can’t stop, and Dave Eggers is that person.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m extremely surprised to find that I like Dave Eggers as much as I do. I read The Circle, years ago and didn’t really think much of it. It was fine, but like, that’s all. I never saw the movie, and I didn’t think about Dave Eggers again until very recently. I’ve mentioned that I’ve been in the mood for nonfiction lately, which never happens. I ended up reading Zeitoun in April and being completely blown away by it. Now, I want to read everything he has out, including his most recent MIDDLE GRADE BOOK. I feel like he could write anything and I would love it. Here’s what I’ve read so far.
I talked about this book in my wrap-up, but I absolutely inhaled this book about New Orleans in the days before and after Hurricane Katrina hit. We follow the Zeitoun family, Syrian immigrants who own a contracting company. They’re well-loved in their community, and are hesitant to leave their town and their customers even in the face of the storm.
Dave Eggers brings the family to life on the page, and I could have read so much more about their lives after the storm. It’s sad and brutal but ultimately (I thought) hopeful. I was just about ten years late to this 2009 release but in this case it was truly better late than never.
The Monk of Mokha
Glancing through this page might let on that I love coffee, but I never knew how little I knew about it until I picked up The Monk of Mokha. When I finished Zeitoun, I immediately wanted more of Dave Eggers’ writing, and when I saw that this followed a Yemeni man on a quest to bring Yemeni coffee back to America, I knew I had to have it. Also, the cover!
Mohktar Alkanshali does the impossible — he braves war zones, crosses impossible barriers, and brings coffee beans back to America until he finds the perfect one. After reading, I immediately googled his company, Port of Mokha. A pound is over $200! This is a truly incredible story. More so than Zeitoun, Eggers himself is in the book. A must read for anyone looking for a great true story, but definitely for coffee-lovers everywhere.
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
After two nonfiction books, I thought it might be time to try more of Dave Eggers’ fiction, since it had been so long sine The Circle. This dialogue-only novel interested me from the first line, and I ended up reading it in less than 24 hours. When I wasn’t reading it, I was dying to know what was going to happen. Basically, this guy Thomas is 34, bored, hopeless, and grieving for a lot. His friend, his life, his family. He’s suffering from debilitating migraines and kidnaps an astronaut to get answers to the endless questions in his head. One thing leads to another and he ends up with 7 people in an abandoned military base. We also get a look into his own past, his family, and the state of the world. It’s hilarious and dark, and touches on so many things in such a tiny amount of time. I loved it.
So, here we are. Up next on my list of Dave Eggers book is Heroes of the Frontier, another novel. Then, hopefully his middle grade book, The Lifters. Because of course he can write beautiful, moving life stories, hilarious dark comedies, AND a book for kids.
If you haven’t read Dave Eggers before, or only read The Circle because of the movie, I’m here to convince you to give him a try. He’s such a powerful writer, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to figure that out!