Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, among themThe Every, The Circle, The Monk of Mokha, A Hologram for the King, What Is the What, and The Museum of Rain.

He is founder of McSweeney‘s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a humor website, and a journal of new writing, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern.

Books in order of publication:


You Shall Know Our Velocity, or You Shall Know Our Velocity! (2002)

Sacrament (2003), revised and expanded version of You Shall Know Our Velocity

The Unforbidden is Compulsory; or, Optimism (2004), novella

What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng (2006)

The Wild Things (2009), novelization of the film Where the Wild Things Are

A Hologram for the King (2012)

The Circle (2013)

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? (2014)

Heroes of the Frontier (2016)

The Parade (2019)

The Captain and the Glory (2019)

The Museum of Rain (2021), novella

The Every (2021)

Short stories


Jokes Told in Heaven About Babies (2003), as Lucy Thomas, collection

How We Are Hungry (2004), collection of 15 short stories:

“Another”, “What It Means When a Crowd in a Faraway Nation Takes a Soldier Representing Your Own Nation, Shoots Him, Drags Him from His Vehicle and Then Mutilates Him in the Dust”, “The Only Meaning of the Oil-Wet Water”, “On Wanting to Have Three Walls up Before She Gets Home”, “Climbing to the Window, Pretending to Dance”, “She Waits, Seething, Blooming”, “Quiet”, “Your Mother and I”, “Naveed”, “Notes for a Story of a Man Who Will Not Die Alone”, “About the Man Who Began Flying After Meeting Her”, “Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly”, “There Are Some Things He Should Keep to Himself”, “When They Learned to Yelp”, “After I Was Thrown in the River and Before I Drowned”

Short Short Stories (2005), part of the Pocket Penguins series, collection of 24 short stories:

“You Know How to Spell Elijah”, “This Certain Song”, “What the Water Feels Like to the Fishes”, “The Weird Wife”, “This Flight Attendant (Gary, Is It?) Is On Fire!”, “True Story – 1986 – Midwest – USA – Tuesday”, “It is Finally Time to Tell the Story”, “A Circle Like Some Circles”, “On Making Someone a Good Man By Calling Him a Good Man”, “The Definition of Reg”, “How Long It Took”, “She Needed More Nuance”, “The Heat and Eduardo, Part I”, “Of Gretchen and de Gaulle”, “The Heat and Eduardo, Part II”, “Sleep to Dreamier Sleep Be Wed”, “On Seeing Bob Balaban in Person Twice in One Week”, “When He Started Saying ‘I Appreciate It’ After ‘Thank You'”, “You’ll Have to Save That For Another Time”, “Woman, Foghorn”, “How Do Koreans Feel About the Germans?”, “Georgia is Lost”, “They Decide To Have No More Death”, “Roderick Hopes”

How the Water Feels to the Fishes (2007), part of One Hundred and Forty-Five Stories in a Small Box, collection of 31 short stories:

“Once a year”, “Accident”, “Old enough”, “She needs a new journal”, “Sooner”, “The commercials of Norway”, “Lily”, “The boy they didn’t take pictures of”, “The fights not fought”, “The horror”, “How the water feels to the fishes”, “How to do it”, “Go-getters”, “Deeper”, “The battle between”, “There are different kinds”, “Alberto”, “You still know that boy”, “No safe harbor”, “The bounty”, “On making him a good man calling him a good man”, “Thoughtful that way”, “We can work it out”, “No one knows”, “The island from the window”, “The anger of the horses”, “California moved west”, “How the air feels to the birds”, “The man who”, “Older than”, “Steve again”

Uncollected short stories:

“The Man At The River” (2013)

“We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better” (2013)

“The Alaska of Giants and Gods” (2014)

“Understanding the Sky” (2015)

Children’s books

The Haggis-on-Whey World of Unbelievable Brilliance series (as “Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey”, with Christopher Eggers, picture books):

Giraffes? Giraffes! (2003)

Your Disgusting Head (2001)

Animals of the Ocean, in Particular the Giant Squid (2006)

Cold Fusion (2008)

Children and the Tundra (2010)


When Marlana Pulled a Thread (2011), picture book

The Bridge Will Not Be Gray (2015), with illustrations by Tucker Nichols, picture book

Her Right Foot (2017), with illustrations by Shawn Harris, picture book

The Lifters (2018)

What Can a Citizen Do? (2018), with illustrations by Shawn Harris, picture book

Abner & Ian Get Right-Side Up (2019), with illustrations by Laura Park, picture book

Most of the Better Natural Things in the World (2019), with illustrations by Angel Chang, picture book

Tomorrow Most Likely (2019), with illustrations by Lane Smith, picture book

Faraway Things (2021), with illustrations by Kelly Murphy, picture book


Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers (2005), with Daniel Moulthrop and Nínive Clements Calegari, sociology

Zeitoun (2009), biography

It Is Right to Draw Their Fur: Animal Renderings (2010), drawings

Visitants (2013), travels

The Voice of Witness reader : ten years of amplifying unheard voices. 2015.

“The actual Hollister : a California town and its name”. Personal History. The New Yorker. 91 (20): 30–37. July 20, 2015.

Ungrateful Mammals (2017), drawings

The Monk of Mokha (2018), biography

Phoenix (2019), politics


A heartbreaking work of staggering genius. New York: Simon & Schuster. 2000.

Mistakes we knew we were making. 2000.

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