2011 Selection

extremely_loud_and_incredibly_close_coverExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close received the Literature for Life Award, the Victoria and Albert Museum Award, and the Prix des Libraires du Québec, and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC prize. The film, based on the book, will be released in winter 2012.

Meet the Author  Additional Information 


Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the attack on the World Trade Center. An inspired creation, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone’s heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who’ve lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of characters who are all survivors in their own way. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close boldly approaches history and tragedy with humor, tenderness, and awe.

from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Why Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close?

The book explores trauma, loss, grief, as well as relationships and the ability to heal and to make sense of tragedies.

In addition, the book touches on many issues that will appeal to many possible majors and multiple interests:

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • English
  • Film
  • and many others