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Things The Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett
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Jul 05, 2009

it was amazing

Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E, the man behind the band Eels, has written the kind of autobiography that has the substance to change lives. To put it simply, it is a work of staggering genius. It is poignant, funny, and frequently optimistic, and surely a great source of inspiration for anyone burdened by the weight of living.

There is nothing pretentious or gratuitous about this book. Nothing flowery or extraneous - just a straight-shooting, honest, no bullshit story, of desperate sadness and infectious joy, and most of all, of an earnest need to keep going despite the odds.

Everett delivers us more than just a fascinating life story; he offers us a universally relevant analysis of his evolving state of mind as he struggles over the years to make the most of what's thrown at him.

Told in direct, simple, and beautifully honest terms, this is a book that deserves a place in every home. Even if you don't know of the Eels, and share little interest in music, you will be moved by the open and honest story of E, a truly fascinating individual.
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