Brilliant, award-winning personal history from the author of 'The Corrections'. Jonathan Franzen arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri. 'The Discomfort Zone' is his intimate memoir of his growth from a 'small and fundamentally ridiculous person,' through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into ...Read MoreBrilliant, award-winning personal history from the author of 'The Corrections'. Jonathan Franzen arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri. 'The Discomfort Zone' is his intimate memoir of his growth from a 'small and fundamentally ridiculous person,' through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions. It's also a portrait of a middle-class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s, and a vivid personal insight into the decades in which America took an angry turn away from its mid-century ideals. The stories told here draw on elements as varied as the effects of Kafka's fiction on Franzen's protracted quest to lose his virginity, the elaborate pranks that he and his friends orchestrated from the roof of his high school, his self-inflicted travails in selling his mother's house after her death, and the web of connections between his all-consuming marriage, the problem of global warming, and the life lessons to be learned in watching birds. These chapters of a Midwestern youth and a New York adulthood are warmed by the same combination of comic scrutiny and unqualified affection that characterize Franzen's fiction -- but here the main character is the author himself. Sparkling, daring and arrestingly honest, Franzen narrates the formation of a unique mind and heart in the crucible of an everyday American family.Read Less
New in new dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING + BRAND NEW + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT, PROTECTED BY A MYLAR COVER; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988, SELLING BOOKS SINCE 2008. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 195 p. Audience: General/trade.
Fine in fine dust jacket. 2006. Hardback. Fine. First Edition. First Print. A personal History. An excellent addition to your collection. Dust jacket is protected with a Mylar cover. Books are packed and shipped in boxes.
Very good in very good dust jacket. SIGNED by author on title page (signature only). 1st edition, 1st printing, complete number line. Slight edgewear and the faintest soiling to dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 195 p. Audience: Young adult. Faint shelfwear to the base of the book spine. By the National Book Award-winning author of 'The Corrections' and 'Freedom'. Scarce signed. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
Near Fine. 9780374299194. Signed by Franzen. An Advance Reading Copy in illustrated wrappers. In this portrait of the artist as a young geek, Franzen is as offhand about his geekdom and failures as he is about his talents and successes.; Signed by Author.
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