Things the Grandchildren Should Know (Hardcover)

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Growing up in the Virginia suburbs, Mark Oliver Everett was to roam unsupervised with his sister, Liz, while his mother combated depression and his father, the eccentric and acclaimed quantum physicist Hugh Everett, remained distant and obsessed by parallel universes of his own creation.  (Everett writes, "As a little kid, I had a hard time with the realization that inanimate objects didn't have feelings or thoughts. I remember being on the verge of tears, standing there in the bathroom, as my mom tried to make me understand that the bathroom cabinet wasn't going to be hurt if I closed it too hard. I thought of the bathroom cabinet as one of my friends. Maybe I was confused because I thought of my father as a piece of furniture.") First, the author lost his father to heart failure, and then—in a staggeringly short period of time—his sister to schizophrenia and suicide and his mother to cancer. The author drew upon the relentless tragedies in his life for inspiration in writing highly acclaimed music with his indie rock group, the Eels.  Yet this is much more than a musician's tale. A true gem of a memoir, Everett’s story is a rich and poignant narrative on coming of age, love, death, and the creative vision.

About the Author

Mark Oliver Everett is the lead singer, guitarist, and keyboardist of indie rock band The Eels. "Rolling Stone" magazine called Everett "the Kurt Vonnegut of the rock world." The author is the son of physicist Hugh Everett III, originator of the "Many Worlds" theory of quantum physics. While coping with the deaths of every member of his immediate family, Everett turned tragedy into the impetus for recording such acclaimed albums "Electro-Shock Blues "and" Blinking Lights and Other Revelations."

Praise For…

“One of the best books ever written by a contemporary artist.”—Pete Townshend
“A great big grin of a book, winced out through gritted teeth.”—Kirkus Reviews

“How do you think it felt finding out that one of my favorite rock stars in history is also a better, funnier, and more touching writer than I am after 10 years at Time magazine?”—Joel Stein
“Readers will just be plain enraptured by the story of a gifted man barely surviving tragedy with only his talent to guide him.”—Robert Leleux, author of The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy

“You trust every word coming off the tips of Everett’s fingers. His book is a subtle, touching thing.”—Sunday Times (UK)

“I kept telling myself, “This guy is the next Kurt Vonnegut!” Things the Grandchildren Should Know shares less with a rock memoir than it does with the likes of The Corrections, Middlesex, and The Ice Storm. It’s unexpectedly uplifting.”—The Word

“Crackling with a staccato rage, he comes clean about bad times, good times and finally getting to be a grown-up on his own terms.”—The Times (UK)

“His unique sensibility is as apparent in his prose as in his music. Even those unfamiliar with, or indifferent to, Everett’s work will still vicariously enjoy meeting him.”—The Independent (UK)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312385132
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: October 14th, 2008
Pages: 256