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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (407 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Koren Zailckas Narrator: Koren Zailcka Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The author of the iconic New York Times bestseller Smashed undertakes a quest to confront her own anger.

In the years following the publication of her landmark memoir, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, Koren Zailckas stays sober and relegates binge drinking to her past. But a psychological legacy of repression lingers—her sobriety is a loose surface layer atop a hard-packed, unacknowledged rage that wreaks havoc on Koren emotionally and professionally.

When a failed relationship leads Koren back to her childhood home, she sinks into emotional crisis—writer’s block, depression, anxiety. Only when she begins to apply her research on a book about anger to the turmoil of her own life does she learn what denial has cost her. The result is a blisteringly honest chronicle of the consequences of anger displaced and the balm of anger discovered. Listeners who recognized themselves or someone they loved in Smashed will identify with Koren’s life-altering exploration and the necessity of exposing anger’s origins in order to flourish in love and life as an adult. 

Combining sophisticated sociological research with a dramatic and deeply personal story that grapples boldly with identity and family, Fury is a dazzling work by a young writer at the height of her powers that is certain to touch a cultural nerve.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Theanne | 2/18/2014

    " This book was disappointing. At the beginning I really enjoyed reading it, but soon I got bored due to its repetitiveness and I got turned off by the whiny tone the novel took on. I just wanted to yell at her, "get over yourself and get your stuff together!" Wasn't for me.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abbey | 2/17/2014

    " This was supposed to have been a non-fiction exploration of anger, but what evolved was a memoir of Koren's own anger (LONG repressed and/or misdirected)- co-mingled and informed by solid, scientific research on the subject. It makes for an interesting read, as I think that Americans do have a interesting relationship to anger, i.e. we are actively discouraged from showing anger. Therefore, Koren's experiences are likely more universal than one might first expect. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Carol | 2/17/2014

    " Gah, I was hoping this one would be better than her first book "Smashed" but after a short while, I had to abandon it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lori | 2/13/2014

    " Excellent follow up to Smashed. Now have a much better understanding of the author and found the book extremely thoughtful and gripping. "

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