The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Aug 24, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen's tale of growing up, squirming in his own über-sensitive skin, from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person," into an adult with strong inconvenient passions. Whether he's writing about the explosive dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the 1970s, the effects of Kafka's fiction on his protracted quest to lose his virginity, or the web of connections between bird watching, his all-consuming marriage, and the problem of global warming, Franzen is always feelingly engaged with the world we live in now. The Discomfort Zone is a wise, funny, and gorgeously written self-portrait by one of America's finest writers.

  

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Good writing -- easy reading. - Goodreads
Such dull memoirs from such a great fiction writer. - Goodreads
I find his cultural insights astute. - Goodreads
I adore Franzen as a writer. - Goodreads
Such a brilliant writer...I can't recommend enough. - Goodreads
Has has interesting insights and can make me laugh. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Connor O'Donoghue - Goodreads

I loved most of the first half of the book, but it was a struggle to finish. I found myself skipping whole pages, which I would never normally do. It's odd, because I like Franzen and I like memoirs. Read full review

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User Review  - Zeavo Defacto - Goodreads

I enjoyed this a great deal. A few years ago I read and adored "Freedom" and "The Corrections" and mistakenly assumed those were is only two published works. Boy oh boy was I excited a month ago when ... Read full review

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Contents

HOUSE FOR SALE
3
TWO PONIES
28
THEN JOY BREAKS THROUGH
52
CENTRALLY LOCATED
85
THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE
117
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/Faulkner. He is also the author of Freedom, selected for Oprah's Book Club, The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, and How to Be Alone, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In 1996, he was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.

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