Things the Grandchildren Should Know (Unabridged Nonfiction)
by Mark Oliver Everett
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How does one young man survive the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something worthwhile of his life? In this poignant and original coming-of-age story, indie rock musician Mark Oliver Everett tells the story of his "ridiculous, sometimes tragic, and always unsteady" upbringing and how it fed into his creativity. The insecure son of a genius physicist, Everett was left to run wild with his sister while his father was off in some parallel universe of his own invention. A string of tragedies would claim his family members, one by one, yet somehow Everett managed to not only survive, but to make a life. Striking out on a journey to find himself, he channeled his experiences into critically acclaimed music with the Eels. Told with surprising candor, Things the Grandchildren Should Know is an inspiring and remarkable story full of hope, humor, and wry wisdom.
It's the only word I could muster after finishing this book. It's as frank an honest and E's music, and equally poetic. Personal, heart-felt ... at times just gut-wrenchingly sad. Totally different experience from reading the book, but the soothing voice of the one and only The Chet made the experiences seem that much more personal. Whole heartedly recommended.
Tragic and Sweet
This book is funny and sad, but always thoughtful. E's easygoing style makes the stories of death and triumph seem more real to me than I could have imagined. What a wonderful book.