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Saunders, George 1958-

Overview
Works: 43 works in 120 publications in 9 languages and 2,597 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Biographical fiction  Historical fiction  Ghost stories  Essays  Black humor  Parables  Fables  Humor 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Creator
Classifications: PS3569.A7897, 813.54
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The braindead megaphone : essays by George Saunders( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
CivilWarLand in bad decline : stories and a novella by George Saunders( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novella and short stories on a future America, a land of corporate hypocrisy, violence and pollution. Trendy attractions include pickled babies and cows with plexiglass sides, so you can see the milk made, people buy other people's more interesting memories for downloading into their heads
In persuasion nation : stories by George Saunders( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains a collection short stories that provide a humorous and satiric vision of America
Tenth of December : stories by George Saunders( )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saunders presents a collection of his short stories
Congratulations, by the way : some thoughts on kindness by George Saunders( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and Italian and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three months after George Saunders gave a convocation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the web site of The New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why' Because Saunders's words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, Congratulations, by the way is an inspiring message from one of today's most influential and original writers
Congratulations, by the way : some thoughts on kindness by George Saunders( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three months after George Saunders gave a convocation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the web site of The New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders's words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, Congratulations, by the way is an inspiring message from one of today's most influential and original writers
The brief and frightening reign of Phil by George Saunders( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Welcome to Inner Horner, a nation so small it can only accommodate one citizen at a time. But when Inner Horner suddenly shrinks, forcing three-quarters of the citizen in residence over the border into Outer Horner territory, the Outer Hornerites declare an Invasion in Progress, having fallen under the spell of the power-hungry and demagogic Phil. So begins his brief and very frightening reign." -- Back cover
Lincoln in the bardo : a novel by George Saunders( Recording )

12 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state-called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo-a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end' The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders' family, friends, and members of his publishing team, including, in order of their appearance: Nick Offerman as HANS VOLLMAN David Sedaris as ROGER BEVINS III Carrie Brownstein as ISABELLE PERKINS George Saunders as THE REVEREND EVERLY THOMAS Miranda July as MRS. ELIZABETH CRAWFORD Lena Dunham as ELISE TRAYNOR Ben Stiller as JACK MANDERS Julianne Moore as JANE ELLIS Susan Sarandon as MRS. ABIGAIL BLASS Bradley Whitford as LT. CECIL STONE Bill Hader as EDDIE BARON Megan Mullally as BETSY BARON Rainn Wilson as PERCIVAL "DASH" COLLIER Jeff Tweedy as CAPTAIN WILLIAM PRINCE Kat Dennings as MISS TAMARA DOOLITTLE Jeffrey Tambor as PROFESSOR EDMUND BLOOMER Mike O'Brien as LAWRENCE T. DECROIX Keegan-Michael Key as ELSON FARWELL Don Cheadle as THOMAS HAVENS and Patrick Wilson as STANLEY "PERFESSER" LIPPERT with Kirby Heyborne as WILLIE LINCOLN, Mary Karr as MRS. ROSE MILLAND, and Cassandra Campbell as Your Narrator Praise for George Saunders "No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time."-Khaled Hosseini "Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does."-Junot Diaz "George Saunders is a complete original. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity."-Dave Eggers "Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny."-Zadie Smith "There is no one like him. He is an original-but everyone knows that."-Lorrie Moore "George Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We're lucky to have him."-Jonathan Franzen "An astoundingly tuned voice-graceful, dark, authentic, and funny-telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times."-Thomas Pynchon
Pastoralia : stories by George Saunders( )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Named by The New Yorker one of the Twenty Best American Fiction Writers Under Forty, George Saunders has been recognized as a visionary storyteller with a hypnotic style. Critics have placed him in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, and Thomas Pynchon -- "a savage satirist with a sentimental streak," said The New York Times. These stories bring greater wisdom and maturity to the worldview he established with his first collection, and leave little doubt that he has found a place in modern fiction all his own
Tenth of December by George Saunders( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in Dutch and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bundel satirische verhalen over goedbedoelende personages in kleinstedelijk Amerika die terechtkomen in verrassende situaties
Fox 8 : a story by George Saunders( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in Dutch and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idealistic Fox 8's ability to communicate in "Yuman" cannot save his pack when their den and food supply are destroyed to build a mall, so he writes a letter asking for an explanation of human's cruelty
Lincoln in the Bardo : a novel by George Saunders( Book )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Novel about the death of William Wallace Lincoln, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln's 3rd son." --
A Grace Paley reader : stories, essays, and poetry by Grace Paley( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An essential book for all Grace Paley fans. Grace Paley is best known for her inimitable short stories, but she was also an enormously talented essayist and poet. A Grace Paley Reader collects the best of Paley's writing, showcasing her breadth of work and her extraordinary insight and empathy. With an introduction by George Saunders and an afterword by the writer's daughter, Nora Paley, A Grace Paley Reader is sure to become an instant classic."--
In persuasion nation by George Saunders( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Talking candy bars, baby geniuses, disappointed mothers, castrated dogs, interned teenagers, and moral fables-all in this hilarious and heartbreaking collection. The best work yet from an author hailed as the heir to Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon
The very persistent gappers of Frip by George Saunders( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fortælling om den lille by, Frip, der terroriseres af gappers - nogle mærkelige orangefarvede væsener med mange øjne
Tenth of December : stories by George Saunders( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit
Tenth of December : stories by George Saunders( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap," a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act' In "Home," a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill'the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders's signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation. Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human. Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in Tenth of December'through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit'not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov's dictum that art should "prepare us for tenderness." NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "The best book you'll read this year."'The New York Times Magazine "A feat of inventiveness ... This eclectic collection never ceases to delight with its at times absurd, surreal, and darkly humorous look at very serious subjects. ... George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time."'Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner "The best short-story writer in English'not 'one of, ' not 'arguably, ' but the Best."'Mary Karr, Time "A visceral and moving act of storytelling ... No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised."'Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Saunders's startling, dreamlike stories leave you feeling newly awakened to the world."'People "It's no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction."'The Wall Street Journal "An irresistible mix of humor and humanity ... that will make you beam with unmitigated glee. [Grade:] A"'Entertainment Weekly GEORGE SAUNDERS WAS NAMED ONE OF THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD BY TIME MAGAZINE From the Hardcover edition
CivilWarLand in bad decline : stories and a novella by George Saunders( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

CivilWarLand in bad decline : stories and a novella by George Saunders( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since its publication in 1996, George Saunders's debut collection has grown in esteem from a cherished cult classic to a masterpiece of the form, inspiring an entire generation of writers along the way. In six stories and a novella, Saunders hatches an unforgettable cast of characters, each struggling to survive in an increasingly haywire world. With a new introduction by Joshua Ferris and a new author's note by Saunders himself, this edition is essential reading for those seeking to discover or revisit a virtuosic, disturbingly prescient voice. Praise for George Saunders and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline "It's no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction."--The Wall Street Journal "Saunders's satiric vision of America is dark and demented; it's also ferocious and very funny."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "George Saunders is a writer of arresting brilliance and originality, with a sure sense of his material and apparently inexhaustible resources of voice. [CivilWarLand in Bad Decline] is scary, hilarious, and unforgettable."--Tobias Wolff "Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless."--Jonathan Franzen "Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny."--Zadie Smith "An astoundingly tuned voice--graceful, dark, authentic, and funny--telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times."--Thomas Pynchon
Selected shorts :( Recording )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From powerful and moving to knee-knocking suspense and troubled love, these darkly comic tales of lives on the edge represent some of the best of recent seasons of the hit public radio series Selected Shorts. Performances recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and on tour around the country
 
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The braindead megaphone : essays
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CivilWarLand in bad decline : stories and a novellaIn persuasion nation : storiesThe brief and frightening reign of PhilPastoralia : storiesThe very persistent gappers of FripCivilWarLand in bad decline : stories and a novella
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