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The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History Paperback – 21 August 2007

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"Lovely, lyrical, and precise . . . What The Discomfort Zone resembles, in fact, is an old-fashioned diorama in a museum, displaying the airborne author at each stage of this evolution." --James Marcus, Los Angeles Times

"Funny, masterfully composed . . . For those eagerly awaiting his Corrections follow-up, this will help get you through the night." --Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly

"Jonathan Franzen's contribution to the genre is so expertly shaped . . . so genuinely, organically thought-provoking, that I wish I could yank it off the shelf where it will inevitably sit with the autobiographical writing of other hip authors." --Adam Begley, The New York Observer

"If it were possible to calculate the frequency of mots justes in a piece of prose, Franzen's ranking would be through the roof." --Lev Grossman, Time

"At once elegiac and unsentimental, mournful and joyful. . . . The most intimate glimpse into the author's interior life." --Dan Cryer, The Boston Globe

"The sub subtext of these essays--that Franzen is Franzen, a flat-out brilliant writer and wickedly incisive observer--strips away much of the self-effacement that coats the surface." --Arthur Salm, The San Diego Union-Tribune

"A brilliantly talented writer, Franzen is more aware than most Americans of the ironies of individuality and citizenship. There are many moments here that bring together the individual and group experience of being American." --Michael Sims, BookPage

"With comic verve, Franzen lays out his neuroses and his gullibility to the cultural moment he inhabited. He nails the essence of adolescence itself." --Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

"For those who admire the razor-sharp jabs Franzen akes at himself and anyone else standing too close, The Discomfort Zone is both a delicious read and a clever showcase for Franzen's talents." --Marjorie Kehe, The Christian Science Monitor

"Quirky, funny, poignant, self-deprecating, and ultimately wise." --Kirkus Reviews

"Franzen has a talent for seamless transitions and for weaving together multiple lines of thought. . . . About as good a summary as I've read of the times we live in." --Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

About the Author

Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including The Corrections, Freedom, and Crossroads, and five works of nonfiction, most recently Farther Away and The End of the End of the Earth, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador USA; 1st edition (21 August 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312426402
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312426408
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.2 x 21.59 cm
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Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels--Purity, Freedom, The Corrections, The Twenty-Seventh City, and Strong Motion--and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away, How to Be Alone, and The Discomfort Zone, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Kunste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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