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The Corrections

Author : Jonathan Franzen
ISBN : 0312421273
Genre : Fiction
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Enid Lambert begins to worry about her husband when he starts to withdraw and lose himself in negativity and depression as he faces Parkinson's disease. Winner of the National Book Award. Reprint. 500,000 first printing.
Category: Fiction

How To Be Alone

Author : Jonathan Franzen
ISBN : 0374707642
Genre : Literary Collections
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Passionate, strong-minded nonfiction from the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Nearly every in-depth review of it discussed what became known as "The Harper's Essay," Franzen's controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the American novel. This essay is reprinted for the first time in How to be Alone, along with the personal essays and the dead-on reportage that earned Franzen a wide readership before the success of The Corrections. Although his subjects range from the sex-advice industry to the way a supermax prison works, each piece wrestles with familiar themes of Franzen's writing: the erosion of civic life and private dignity and the hidden persistence of loneliness in postmodern, imperial America. Recent pieces include a moving essay on his father's stuggle with Alzheimer's disease (which has already been reprinted around the world) and a rueful account of Franzen's brief tenure as an Oprah Winfrey author. As a collection, these essays record what Franzen calls "a movement away from an angry and frightened isolation toward an acceptance--even a celebration--of being a reader and a writer." At the same time they show the wry distrust of the claims of technology and psychology, the love-hate relationship with consumerism, and the subversive belief in the tragic shape of the individual life that help make Franzen one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics.
Category: Literary Collections

Farther Away

Author : Jonathan Franzen
ISBN : 9780374708764
Genre : Literary Collections
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Jonathan Franzen's Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the twenty-first century. In The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus proclaimed it "a masterpiece of American fiction" and lauded its illumination, "through the steady radiance of its author's profound moral intelligence, [of] the world we thought we knew." In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Whether recounting his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus, examining his mixed feelings about the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace, or offering a moving and witty take on the ways that technology has changed how people express their love, these pieces deliver on Franzen's implicit promise to conceal nothing. On a trip to China to see first-hand the environmental devastation there, he doesn't omit mention of his excitement and awe at the pace of China's economic development; the trip becomes a journey out of his own prejudice and moral condemnation. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day. Farther Away is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.
Category: Literary Collections

Enduring Love

Author : Ian McEwan
ISBN : 9780307366993
Genre : Fiction
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In one of the most striking opening scenes ever written, a bizarre ballooning accident and a chance meeting give birth to an obsession so powerful that an ordinary man is driven to the brink of madness and murder by another's delusions. Ian McEwan brings us an unforgettable story—dark, gripping, and brilliantly crafted—of how life can change in an instant. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Fiction

The Corrections

Author : Jonathan Franzen
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Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for FictionAfter almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man-or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.
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Life On The Outside

Author : Jennifer Gonnerman
ISBN : 0312424574
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Chronicles the life of Elaine Bartlett, a woman who spent sixteen years in prison for selling cocaine, tracing her steps as she is released from prison and tries to reconstruct her life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Twenty Seventh City

Author : Jonathan Franzen
ISBN : 9781250047571
Genre : Fiction
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25th Anniversary Edition Picador Modern Classics Published in 1988, Jonathan Franzen's The Twenty-Seventh City is the debut novel of a writer who would come to define our times. St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. Set in mid-1980s, The Twenty-Seventh City predicts every unsettling shift in American life for the next two decades: suburban malaise, surveillance culture, domestic terrorism, paranoia. A classic of contemporary fiction, The Twenty-Seventh City shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American Dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.
Category: Fiction

Corrections

Author : Mary K. Stohr
ISBN : 1483373371
Genre : Social Science
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Corrections: From Research, to Policy, to Practice is focused on corrections as it is in the 21st Century and the treatment and rehabilitative themes that are driving it, rather than the mass incarceration and penal harm sentiments of the 1990s. Authors Mary K. Stohr and Anthony Walsh offer a comprehensive and practical approach, offering coverage of often-overlooked topics like problem-solving courts, classification and assessment, correctional organization and management, and comparative corrections. Weaving together research, policy, and practice, Corrections offers students an essential understanding of the punishment and treatment of offenders in U.S. correctional institutions.
Category: Social Science

The Discomfort Zone

Author : Jonathan Franzen
ISBN : 0374707626
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen's tale of growing up, squirming in his own über-sensitive skin, from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person," into an adult with strong inconvenient passions. Whether he's writing about 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, or the web of connections between bird watching, his all-consuming marriage, and the problem of global warming, Franzen is always feelingly engaged with the world we live in now. The Discomfort Zone is a wise, funny, and gorgeously written self-portrait by one of America's finest writers.
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Purity

Author : Arthur Jackson
ISBN : 9780595301584
Genre : Fiction
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In a remote part of Pennsylvania, an elderly woman allows a man and the small child accompanying him to fish on her property. Less than twenty four hours later, she is dead. A chemist for a multi-national corporation is killed in an isolated park, by the security chief of an American paramilitary group. His home is broken into by a top Chinese agent and his wife forcibly interrogated with truth serum. A group of Middle Eastern terrorists attempt to kidnap the Director of Human resources for the same corporation in a roadside park. The forces of cultural, racial, and religious purity clash in pursuit of the ultimate technical purity. Attorney James Ellis is drawn into this curious mix of technology and violence, when he stumbles into the attempted kidnapping of the corporation's Human Resources manager, while on his way to meet a client, an old friend of his wife's. This chance encounter will embroil him in events, which lead from the streets of Cairo, Egypt, to the gleaming towers of Dallas, Texas. Before it is over, he will learn the price for underestimating the intelligence and resolve of international terrorists. The cost is more than he imagined.
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