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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 Zailckas Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781101195895
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 2/11/2014

    " I think this is almost straight personal diary and reflection. I'm not sure if that qualifies for memoir, but suppose it does. It probably could have been cut in half, given the excessive descriptions (however accurate and acute, they take away from her main points). Still, I felt compelled to read the book, and it is in some ways a totally open account of what it is like to be 27 years old. I also found myself repulsed by scenes and emotions because of the familiarity of life experience, so the writing was communicative at base. What else? I'll probably go pick up "Smashed" too, to have a gander. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Conley | 1/24/2014

    " I heard this author being interviewed on NPR, and I was intrigued by her story and wanted to read her book. I liked it so much, and there is so much I could relate to, I want to read it again. She has many issues with her family growing up and continuing into adulthood, and consequently struggles with anger issues. I liked hearing about how she tried group therapy, yoga, journaling ...and how she finally came to terms with how to handle her anger and feel about her family. Another non-fiction good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cj | 1/18/2014

    " Not a memoir but more a research book into anger theories. Yes, the author uses her life as an example, but as with her first book too much psychobabble and research notes to really make it a memoir (and it's not in the biography section of my library). The author psychologically analyzes her anger, her distance from people and the book reads that way--like she's talking about a distant character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale Stonehouse | 1/15/2014

    " I won't get this one finished before it is due but will probably finish it later. The writing is excellent on a subject sometimes hard to endure but which applies to some extent to most people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brandi | 1/4/2014

    " I couldn't get through it. I just didn't like it at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 12/20/2013

    " Better than her previous book, I felt more of a connection to her because she finally made herself human. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/16/2013

    " weird couldnt finish it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish Di | 12/12/2013

    " I read this book very quickly cover to cover - it was inspiring because it caused me to look within myself often while reading it. She reminds me very much of myself, and so her self-exploration became my own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vianna Tedder | 12/11/2013

    " This is the authors second memior, so I have read them out of order, but whatever. Ladies don't get angry, they get upset. Psh! Anger is good and not something to be denied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/7/2013

    " Didn't like the start so much but it improved as it went on. Definitely makes a good case for being as true to oneself as possible, family baggage and all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/2/2013

    " Honestly, not that great of a book. She sounds like a bratty girl "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 11/11/2013

    " I loved Smashed and I wanted to like Fury. But it was so damn whiny, boring and needlessly melodramatic. First world problems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 10/27/2013

    " Wow! The author did a great job. I want to read her other books! Thank you Koren for sharing and expressing it so well that others may follow your example. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirk | 9/21/2013

    " Eh, not bad, got to give until at least halfway for it to have a chance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave Ward | 5/22/2013

    " Fury: A Memoir, by Koren Zailckas (Viking 2010)(Biography) follows a wonderful first book (Smashed: The Story of a Drunken Girlhood). This one: Ssnore...She has lost all of her momentum. 2/10, finished 8/8/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shera era | 4/20/2013

    " It's not really a "fun" book, I don't know if people who don't empathize with her fury would enjoy it, but I do and did. Informative, I took quite a few notes on tidbits of wisdom she quoted. Helpful and healing to know others face these realities and how they got through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shayla Bradley | 4/14/2013

    " I was surprised at the direction this took but found myself riveted for the most part and invested in how the author's journey would conclude. It certainly sparked some personal reflection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 10/18/2012

    " Nowhere near as good as Smashed (which I rated 5 stars). This was too bogged down in academia. It was only intriguing at the last 100 pages or so when she got more personal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Audino | 6/25/2012

    " I couldn't get through the entire book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 5/3/2011

    " I had such high expectations for this book following smashed and guess I was a little disappointed ... So many times I considered just setting it down and walking away, but I've always got to finish a story once I've begun ... the book didn't get "good" until the last quarter for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/23/2011

    " I couldn't get through the entire book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirk | 11/21/2010

    " Eh, not bad, got to give until at least halfway for it to have a chance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brandi | 11/7/2010

    " I couldn't get through it. I just didn't like it at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 11/4/2010

    " I couldn't finish it. It felt too whiny to me, like boo hoo I got dumped and then I whined about it for a long time. Smashed was better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 11/4/2010

    " Nowhere near as good as Smashed (which I rated 5 stars). This was too bogged down in academia. It was only intriguing at the last 100 pages or so when she got more personal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/4/2010

    " Didn't read Smashed (but it was always on my radar) and am LOVING Fury. I am hooked on memoirs "

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About the Author
Author Koren Zailckas

Koren Zailckas is an internationally bestselling writer, and has contributed to the Guardian, US News & World Report, Glamour, Jane, and Seventeen magazine. She currently lives with her family in the Catskill mountains of New York.