Dave Eggers is quite the guy. Prolific author, nonprofit founder, magazine publisher, etc. If I wasn’t so bitterly jealous I would have linked out to all his endeavors, but just think of me NOT doing this as my little bit of payback for his abundance of talent. I’ve read several of his books, my favorite being The Circle, which was made into a feature film if I’m not mistaken. (Anyone who was worked around the tech industry will get cold shivers reading this baby.)
Eggers has this wonderful gift of pointing out flaws in our culture and in ourselves, through the lives of his characters, while never losing track of the story. I couldn’t do this. No way. Not unless ranting became a part of the literary world. In the case of “Heroes of the Frontier” the mirror is pointed at Alaska tourism culture, our family structure, parenting and a host of smaller things. When I read these passages I think “Damnit, that’s how I feel too, but I didn’t do ANYTHING about it.” Eggers did, and then had it published and made available to you and I.
I also want to point out that this is a beautiful book, as in the object itself. Black and white cover photograph, embossed title, beautiful, thick paper and printed and bound in the United States.
Read anything you can get your hands on by this guy. Well worth the time and effort.