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Selected Essays from: How to be Alone.

Essays included:

My Father's Brain
Imperial Bedroom
Why Bother? (The Harper's Essay)
Scavenging
Meet Me in St. Louis
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Paperback, 126 pages
Published 2004 by Harper Perennial (first published 2002)
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Maiya
May 01, 2013 Maiya rated it liked it
Expected to love this, being such a fan of Franzen, but have to admit many essays failed to interest me, including ones on his wilderness hikes.
Maria
Mar 14, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
A collections of essays that are funny and insightful.
Nana
Mar 31, 2012 Nana rated it it was ok
Franzen writes very much as a pretentious, alienated ex-pat of our modern time; his critiques of modern-day technology, although eloquent and atypical, still manage to be overly cynical for my tastes--written with an eye towards analysis rather than a hope for change.

I enjoyed his more sentimental, personal essays, however, like "My Father's Brain," which felt very private. The kind of bravery exemplified in these essays I felt were preferable to his cold, brutal analysis of the general masses
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Maximillian Whelan-young
This book challenges the modern day approach of thinking. It helps us to understand the mindset in which we are all susceptible to do. From Johnathan Franzen this book is a collection of 15 essays based on personal experience. Psychologically this book is thought provoking and mentally testing, you find yourself asking questions throughout and attempting to fit your life into that of another or slip into a certain category that Franzen offers, but the reality is that there is no category that we ...more
Vicki
Aug 16, 2014 Vicki rated it did not like it
I didn't finish this! I just found it rather dated and pretentious.
Renna
Mar 04, 2016 Renna rated it it was ok
I prefer Franzen's fiction, to be honest.
Julie
Jul 24, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fic
Read this for "My Father's Brain" which will rip your heart out. Spare yourself the rest of the essays filled with depression and navel-gazing, unless that's your thing. Franzen is so difficult for me. His writing is exceptional. His writing is SO depressing.
David
May 06, 2015 David added it
Very interesting essays, on a range of subjects. I read it because I liked `Freedom' and `The corrections', and though this was of a very different style I was not disappointed. ...more
Leigh Ann
Sep 14, 2013 Leigh Ann rated it really liked it
All in all, great essays. The Harper's essay is wonderful. So is "My Father's Brain."
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His fiction is just so much better...
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Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction; the novels The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion; and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all published by FSG. His fourth novel, Freedom, was published in the fall of 2010.

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