Thursday, May 1, 2008

Jonathan Franzen

Although Jonathan Franzen won the 2001 National Book Award for The Corrections, he is probably best known for insulting Oprah. (I stopped reading The Corrections as soon as I realized that it wasn't about prison life.)

Franzen's most recent book, The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History, is much easier to read. This quiet memoir about growing up in Middle America is funny and sad, but it never goes over the top. I like The Discomfort Zone, but I don't love it. It's just not weird enough for me.