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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. 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.

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"One of the best books ever written by a contemporary artist." Pete Townshend

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"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

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A heartbreaking, heartwarming, and oddlywhimsical memoir from acclaimed indie rocker Mark Oliver Everett of the Eels

How does one young man survive the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something of his life? The insecure son of a misunderstood genius of quantum mechanics, Mark Oliver Everett's upbringing was "ridiculous, sometimes tragic, and always unstead." But somehow he survived this and ensuing tragedies, channeling his experiences into his critically acclaimed music with the Eels. Told with surprising candor, his memoir is an inspiring and remarkable story, full of hope, humor, and wry wisdom.

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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 thenin a staggeringly short period of timehis 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, Everetts 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.

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Sorry Gnat, November 6, 2008 (view all comments by Sorry Gnat)
Things the Grandchildren Should Know, the title mislead me, and I am a memoir addict, can sniff em out anywhere, stuck upside down in library shelves, lying out on a park bench.

This cruise through books led me to Powell's site, and I thought, Oh good, something I can leave with my granddaughter." Not exactly like controlling beyond the grave, but just making sure wise things would be said, and she could read them through her evolving years.

Not so, but nevertheless he had me, the author had me. First few sentences, honest, clearly written, and I'm off to find the book.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312385132
Author:
Everett, Mark Oliver
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Rock musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Everett, Mark
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090929
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.39 x 5.77 x 0.935 in

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"Review" by , "Readers will just be plain enraptured by the story of a gifted man barely surviving tragedy with only his talent to guide him."
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A heartbreaking, heartwarming, and oddlywhimsical memoir from acclaimed indie rocker Mark Oliver Everett of the Eels

How does one young man survive the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something of his life? The insecure son of a misunderstood genius of quantum mechanics, Mark Oliver Everett's upbringing was "ridiculous, sometimes tragic, and always unstead." But somehow he survived this and ensuing tragedies, channeling his experiences into his critically acclaimed music with the Eels. Told with surprising candor, his memoir is an inspiring and remarkable story, full of hope, humor, and wry wisdom.

"Synopsis" by ,

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 thenin a staggeringly short period of timehis 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, Everetts story is a rich and poignant narrative on coming of age, love, death, and the creative vision.

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