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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,890 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Franzen Narrator: Jonathan Franzen Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Discomfort Zone is Franzen’s memoir of growth from his boyhood as 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 Midwestern middle-class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s and a vivid personal history of an America turning its back on a certain idealism.

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  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Inga | 2/3/2014

    " I love me some Franzen. These are broken into small digestible little essays chronicling his awkward youth into his awkward adulthood. He tries hard to sound self-deprecating but it sometimes belies a cooler-than-thou attitude (if you've read any recent memoirish stuff, or any blog, or hung around any of the irony lovers of our generation, you probably know what I mean.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/1/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. I've felt a certain affinity with Jonathan Franzen ever since I read the Corrections and decided that he and I grew up such similar families that we must be blood brothers. These stories, all autobiographical, are much less dense and more easily readable than the Corrections. And after the whole Oprah blow-up where he came off looking like a pretentious ass, it's nice to see that he has a sense of humor about himself. "Then Joy Breaks Through," which recounts his high school years in a Christian youth group, is worth the price of the book alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dot | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoyed the novel "The Corrections" by this author so was interested to know more about his life as described in this memoir. It was both humourous and interesting ranging from descriptions of high school pranks to serious discussions of Rilke, Mann and Kafka. He also talks about his experiences as a birder and one gets the impression of a clever man with many interests, but perhaps somewhat self centered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bookworm | 12/28/2013

    " This is Franzen's autobiography/memoir. The book is framed around the death of his mother. He writes about his nerdy youth and adolescence, his relationship with his family, his influences, love & divorce etc... Reading this book mostly reminded of what a shitty process growing up is, especially the horrors of junior high school. "

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