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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  George Saunders  

Pen Name: None

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Born: 1958 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.georgesaundersland.com/
-- George Saunders on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=george+saunders


Illinois Connection

Saunders was born and raised on the southside of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

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Titles At Your Library

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
ISBN: 1573225797

Riverhead Books. 1997

From the

New York Times

bestselling

author of

Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction, and the novel

Lincoln in the Bardo.

A New York Times Notable Book

Six short stories and a novella. Set in a dystopian near-future in which America has become little more than a theme park in terminal disrepair, they constitute a searching and bitterly humorous commentary on the current state of the American Dream.

Funny, sad, bleak, weird, toxic - the future of America as the Free Market runs rampant,the environment skids into disarray, and civilization dissolves into surreal chaos. These wacky, brilliant, hilarious and entirely original stories cue us in on George Saunder's skewed vision of the legacy we are creating. Against the backdrop of our devolvement, our own worst tendencies and greatest virtues are weirdly illuminated.

Pastoralia
ISBN: 1573228729

Riverhead Books. 2001

A stunning collection including the story "Sea Oak," from the #1

New York Times

bestselling

author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel

Lincoln in the Bardo

and the story collection

Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders gives us, in his inventive and beloved voice,

this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip
ISBN: 0965047628

Villard. 2000

Gappers will get your goat. Literally. If you don't brush them off and return them to the ocean, whence they arrive every day, these bright orange, many-eyed creatures will cover your goats, and the goats will stop giving milk. In a village called Frip, goat's milk was the entire economy. Three families lived there--the Romos, the Ronsens, and a little girl named Capable and her widowed father, who wanted everything to remain the same. It didn't. One day, the Gappers, despite an average IQ of 3.7 (±.02), decided for a good reason to concentrate on Capable's goats. Oh, how the Romos and Ronsens turned their backs on the gapper-ridden Capable! Oh, how they indeed lorded it over her! What kinds of creatures are we, one wonders, when such selfishness so often springs up so spontaneously among us? And, given the coldness of her neighbors' shoulders, what will Capable do about her Gapper plague, as her share of the economy dries up? Literally. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, with a brilliant story by award-ridden short-story master George Saunders and fifty-two haunting and hilarious illustrations by bestseller-plagued artist/author Lane Smith, answers that question. In doing so it tells a tale as ancient as the Bible and as modern as a memo from the Federal Reserve Board. And funnier than both--which isn't saying all that much, admittedly. You don't get to laugh and gaze in visual awe and pleasure all that often when the Golden Rule comes under such serious attack and such staunch defense as it did in Frip. An adult story for children, a children's story for adults, an earthlings' story for aliens, an oceanside fable for the landlocked, a capitalist tool for anarchists, a fish story for loaves, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip represents the classic instant of two young geniuses colliding and colluding. The result is--what else?--an instant classic!

The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
ISBN: 1594481520

Riverhead Books. 2005

New

In Persuasion Nation
ISBN: 159448242X

Riverhead Books. 2007

From the #1

New York Times

bestselling

author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel

Lincoln in the Bardo

and the story collection

Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Talking candy bars, baby geniuses, disappointed mothers, castrated dogs, interned teenagers, and moral fables—all in this hilarious and heartbreaking collection from an author hailed as the heir to Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon.


"The first thing you ought to know is that Saunders is the funniest writer in America... [But] Saunders's laughs are a cover, a diversion, beneath which reside some profoundly serious intentions regarding the morality of how we live and hte power of love and immanent death to transform us into vastly better creatures... I can't think of another writer who would try to do what Saunders is doing, or anything close to it. This is an important book."—The Nation

"Saunders is a hilarious, wicked, and pitch-perfect satirist of our times, of course, but for a satirist he has a whole lot of heart."—Esquire

The Braindead Megaphone
ISBN: 159448256X

Riverhead Books. 2007

From the #1

New York Times

bestselling

author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel

Lincoln in the Bardo

and the story collection

Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

The breakout book from "the funniest writer in America"--not to mention an official "Genius"--his first nonfiction collection ever.

George Saunders's first foray into nonfiction is comprised of essays on literature, travel, and politics. At the core of this unique collection are Saunders's travel essays based on his trips to seek out the mysteries of the "Buddha Boy" of Nepal

to attempt to indulge in the extravagant pleasures of Dubai

and to join the exploits of the minutemen at the Mexican border. Saunders expertly navigates the works of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Esther Forbes, and leads the reader across the rocky political landscape of modern America. Emblazoned with his trademark wit and singular vision, Saunders's endeavor into the art of the essay is testament to his exceptional range and ability as a writer and thinker.


Awards

MacArthur Fellowship;Guggenheim Fellowship;Lannan Fellowship;O'Henry

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