Things the Grandchildren Should Know
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: January 2007
Duration: 5 hours 8 minutes
How does one young man survive the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something worthwhile of his life? In this poignant and original coming-of-age story, indie rock musician Mark Oliver Everett tells the story of his "ridiculous, sometimes tragic, and always unsteady" upbringing and how it fed into his creativity. The insecure son of a genius physicist, Everett was left to run wild with his sister while his father was off in some parallel universe of his own invention. A string of tragedies would claim his family members one by one, yet somehow Everett managed to not only survive, but to make a life. Striking out on a journey to find himself, he channelled his experiences into critically acclaimed music with the Eels. Told with surprising candor, Things the Grandchildren Should Know is an inspiring and remarkable story full of hope, humor, and wry wisdom.
"[A] thrillingly eccentric story....Everett reports all of this in an exquisitely unhysterical voice....Crucially, Everett picks the right stories to tell. A rare skill in the writers of memoirs.....It makes you trust every word coming off the end of Everett's fingers. His book is a subtle, touching thing."-Sunday Times