Books by Dave Eggers

THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Though Eggers strives for a portentous, Orwellian tone, this book mostly feels scolding, a Kurt Vonnegut novel rewritten by the Electronic Frontier Foundation."
A massive feel-good technology firm takes an increasingly totalitarian shape in this cautionary tale from Eggers (A Hologram for the King, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2013 by Dave Eggers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A motley collection to match every mood a relentless reader might have."
Celebrated editor and author Eggers (Hologram for the King, 2012, etc.) returns with his 12th—and final, he says—edited collection of pieces selected by student members of 826 National. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2012  by Dave Eggers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"An anthology that reads like a long, engaging annual magazine."
An eclectic annual that will leave readers marveling over many of the discoveries and puzzling over the inclusion of a few. Read full book review >
A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING by Dave Eggers
Released: June 19, 2012

"Even so, Eggers' fiction has evolved in the past decade. This book is firm proof that social concerns can make for resonant storytelling."
A middle-aged man scrapes for his identity in a Saudi Arabian city of the future. Read full book review >
WHEN MARLANA PULLED A THREAD by Dave Eggers
FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"Inscrutable existential twaddle. (Picture book. Adult)"
A heartbreaking work of staggering self-indulgence. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2010 by Dave Eggers
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Like a really lively magazine in book form, and a bargain considering the rich diversity of its contents."
Though not required for the classroom, this annual anthology offers a selection that is usually engaging and provocative, even essential. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2004 by Dave Eggers
Released: Oct. 14, 2004

"A mixed bunch, a little below last year's standard. (Not seen: pieces by Jon Gertner, Paula Peterson, and David Sedaris.)"
The third in this catchall series is weighted toward fiction and has an international flavor. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2003 by Dave Eggers
Released: Oct. 10, 2003

"Amusing and meaningful, light and yet profound, like the best magazine in the world—which unfortunately comes out only once a year."
In his foreword, editor Eggers makes note that the second entry in this particular Best American series is not as limited as other Best series are, "making them whimper and cower in a way that is shameful." Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2002 by Dave Eggers
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"An alternative to the Banana Republic gift certificate for that difficult nephew with a birthday."
Fiction and nonfiction pulled from the main- and side-stream by McSweeney's editor Eggers, founder of a San Francisco writing lab for city youth, is the latest in Houghton Mifflin's Great American Series. Read full book review >
A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS by Dave Eggers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2000

"It is evidently hard to have been Eggers, though few readers will be satisfied with this nugget of hard-won wisdom in return for their investment of time and good will. (Author tour)"
It isn't—but it's better than most novel-like objects created by our younger writers, and like them, this one is directly autobiographical, ironic, and self-referential, concluding with a tiny gesture of hope the author no doubt considers brave given the vicissitudes he's retailed in prose. Read full book review >