News:: Dave Eggers new book

I was completely caught off guard this weekend in the book store. Being a huge Eggers/McSweeneys fan, I had no idea Eggers fictionalized memoir of Valentino Achak Deng was already out.

Here's a brief description:
Valentino Achak Deng, real-life hero of this engrossing epic, was a refugee from the Sudanese civil war-the bloodbath before the current Darfur bloodbath-of the 1980s and 90s. In this fictionalized memoir, Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) makes him an icon of globalization. Separated from his family when Arab militia destroy his village, Valentino joins thousands of other "Lost Boys," beset by starvation, thirst and man-eating lions on their march to squalid refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, where Valentino pieces together a new life. He eventually reaches America, but finds his quest for safety, community and fulfillment in many ways even more difficult there than in the camps: he recalls, for instance, being robbed, beaten and held captive in his Atlanta apartment.

This book, the first book Eggers has written that isn't just his story, grabbed me in the first couple of pages, and although I've only cracked the first quarter of the almost 500 page epic, I'm completely impressed with Eggers and the story of this young man.

We spend so much time talking about music on herohill, it's easy to forget about other forms of media. This is one of many that have grabbed my attention recently.

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