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Philipp Meyer

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Philipp Meyer's novel, American Rust, was an Economist Book of the Year, a Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2009, a New York Times Notable Book, A Kansas City Star Top 100 Book of 2009, and an Amazon Top 100 Book of 2009.

Philipp Meyer grew up in Baltimore, dropped out of high school, and got his GED when he was sixteen. After spending several years working as a bike mechanic and volunteering at a trauma center in downtown Baltimore, he attended Cornell University, where he studied English. Since graduating, Meyer has worked as a derivatives trader at UBS, a construction worker, and an EMT, among other jobs. His writing has been published in McSweeney's, The United States of McSweeney's, The Best of McSweeney's 11-20, Esquire UK, The Iowa Rev

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“You ought to be able to grow up in a place and not have to get the hell out of it when you turn eighteen.”
Philipp Meyer, American Rust

“No land was ever acquired honestly in the history of the earth.”
Philipp Meyer, The Son

“The difference between a brave man and a coward is very simple. It is a problem of love. A coward loves only himself... [...] ...a coward cares only for his own body," Toshaway said, "and he loves it above all other things. The brave man loves other men first and himself last. Nahkusuaberu?"

I nodded.

"This" - he tapped me - "must mean nothing to you." The he tapped me again, on my face, my chest, my belly, my hands and feet. "All of this means nothing.”
Philipp Meyer, The Son


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Maria Hi Philipp, thanks for accepting my friend invite.

Congratulations on having your book picked by Amazon for the 'rising stars' list! I saw the announcement on the fiction forum there. In fact I thought your book was the most interesting on the list - I made a comment on the forum about it! The book is on my 'to read' list.


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