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The Discomfort Zone

(2006)
A Personal History
A non fiction book by

 
Jonathan Franzen arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri. The Discomfort Zone 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 1970s, and a vivid personal history of the decades in which America turned away from its midcentury idealism and became a more polarized society. The story Franzen tells here draws on elements as varied as 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, 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. 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, The Discomfort Zone narrates the formation of a unique mind and heart in the crucible of an everyday American family.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-7862-9196-6 / 978-0-7862-9196-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2006 : UK Hardback
Title: The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-00-723424-4 / 978-0-00-723424-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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September 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-374-29919-6 / 978-0-374-29919-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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September 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: The discomfort zone : a personal history
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-374-53077-7 / 978-0-374-53077-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan US
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August 2006 : UK Hardback
Title: The Discomfort Zone
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-00-200829-7 / 978-0-00-200829-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus Giroux
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Paperback Editions

September 2007 : USA Perfect Paperback
Title: The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-312-94841-7 / 978-0-312-94841-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, StrauB and Giroux
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August 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: The Discomfort Zone
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-00-255420-8 / 978-0-00-255420-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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August 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-312-42640-2 / 978-0-312-42640-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-00-723425-2 / 978-0-00-723425-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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October 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-00-724058-9 / 978-0-00-724058-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Discomfort Zone A Personal History
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-7394-7989-X / 978-0-7394-7989-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX.
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Audio Editions

2008 : USA Audio CD
Title: Discomfort Zone, The - on Playaway
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 1-60640-006-1 / 978-1-60640-006-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Playaway
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August 2006 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Discomfort Zone
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 1-59887-054-8 / 978-1-59887-054-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2015 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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October 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Discomfort Zone
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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August 2010 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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