The Discomfort Zone
A Personal History
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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A humorous memoir of small-town life in middle America
Franzen's skill with words shines through in this intimate, humorous memoir written about his life before "making it" as a writer. His self-deprecating, awkward characterization of himself as a brainiac "50-year-old" child holds appeal, but some of the best moments are when Franzen shares the pranks he and his high school friends played in their secret society. A well-written piece by a now-very-popular writer. A very good read!