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Title:How to Be Alone
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Publisher:Picador
ISBN:0312422164
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Number of Pages:306
Category:Essays, Non fiction, Short stories

How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC How to Be Alone From the National Book Award winning author of i The Corrections i a collection of essays that reveal him to be one of our sharpest toughest and most entertaining social critics b .

While the essays in this collection range in subject matter from the sex advice industry to the way a supermax prison works each one wrestles with the essential themes of Franzen s writing the erosion of civil life and private dignity and the hidden persistence of loneliness in postmodern imperial America Reprinted here for the first time is Franzen s controversial l investigation of the fate of the American novel in what became known as the Harper s essay as well as his award winning narrative of his father s struggle with Alzheimer s disease and a rueful account of his brief tenure as an Oprah Winfrey autho

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Farther Away, Purity, The Corrections, The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, Selected Essays from: How to be Alone, Freedom, The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History, The Best American Essays 2016, How to Be Alone
Jonathan Franzen arrived late and last in a family of boys in Webster Groves Missouri i The Discomfort Zone i is his intimate memoir of his growth from 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 middle class family weathering the turbulence of the s and a vivid personal history of the decades in which America turned away from its midcentury idealism and became a more polarized society br br The story Franzen tells here draws on elements as varied as the explosive dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the s the effects of Kafka s fiction on his protracted quest to lose his virginity the elaborate pranks that he and his friends orchestrated from the roof of his high school his self inflicted travails in selling his mother s house after her death and the web of connections between his all consuming marriage the problem of global warming and the life lessons to be learned in watching birds br br These chapters of a Midwestern youth and a New York adulthood are warmed by the same combination of comic scrutiny and unqualified affection that characterize Franzen s fiction but here the main character is the author himself Sparkling daring arrestingly honest i The Discomfort Zone i narrates the formation of a unique mind and heart in the crucible of an everyday American family br, A true essay is something hazarded not definitive not authoritative something ventured on the basis of the author s personal experience and subjectivity writes guest editor Jonathan Franzen in his introduction However his main criterion for selecting i The Best American Essays i was in a word risk Whether the risks involved championing an unpopular opinion the possibility of ruining a professional career or irrevocably offending family for Franzen the writer has to be like the firefighter whose job while everyone else is fleeing the flames is to run straight into them br br i The Best American Essays i includes ALEXANDER CHEE PAUL CRENSHAW JAQUIRA D AZ LAURA KIPNIS AMITAVA KUMAR SEBASTIAN JUNGER br JOYCE CAROL OATES OLIVER SACKS THOMAS CHATTERTON WILLIAMS i and others i br br JONATHAN FRANZEN guest editor is the author of five novels most recently i Purity i and five works of nonfiction and translation including i Farther Away i and i The Kraus Project i He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters the German Akademie der K nste and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres br br ROBERT ATWAN the series editor of i The Best American Essays i since its inception in has published on a wide variety of subjects from American advertising and early photography to ancient divination and Shakespeare His criticism essays humor poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous periodicals nationwide, The critically acclaimed second novel from the author of The Corrections Strong Motion is the brilliant bold second novel from the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of The Corrections and Freedom Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of strange happenings earthquakes strike the city and the first one kills his grandmother During a bitter feud over the inheritance Louis falls in love with Renee Seitchek a passionate and brilliant seismologist whose discoveries about the origin of the earthquakes complicate everything Potent and vivid Strong Motion is a complex story of change from the forceful imagination of Jonathan Franzen, Selected Essays from How to be Alone br br Essays included br br My Father s Brain br Imperial Bedroom br Why Bother The Harper s Essay br Scavenging br Meet Me in St Louis