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Fury: True Tales of a Good Girl Gone Ballistic
     

Fury: True Tales of a Good Girl Gone Ballistic

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by Koren Zailckas
 

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The author of the iconic New York Times bestseller Smashed undertakes a quest to confront her own anger.

In the years following the publication of her landmark memoir, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, Koren Zailckas stays

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Read Koren Zailckas's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.


The author of the iconic New York Times bestseller Smashed undertakes a quest to confront her own anger.

In the years following the publication of her landmark memoir, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, Koren Zailckas stays sober and relegates binge drinking to her past. But a psychological legacy of repression lingers-her sobriety is a loose surface layer atop a hard- packed, unacknowledged rage that wreaks havoc on Koren emotionally and professionally. When a failed relationship leads Koren back to her childhood home, she sinks into emotional crisis-writer's block, depression, anxiety. Only when she begins to apply her research on a book about anger to the turmoil of her own life does she learn what denial has cost her. The result is a blisteringly honest chronicle of the consequences of anger displaced and the balm of anger discovered. Readers who recognized themselves or someone they love in the pages of Smashed will identify with Koren's life-altering exploration and the necessity of exposing anger's origins in order to flourish in love and life as an adult. Combining sophisticated sociological research with a dramatic and deeply personal story that grapples boldly with identity and family, Fury is a dazzling work by a young writer at the height of her powers that is certain to touch a cultural nerve.

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ISBN-13:
9781101442937
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
505,173
File size:
406 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Koren Zailckas is the author of the memoir Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, which appeared on ten national bestseller lists and spent twenty weeks on the The New York Times bestseller list. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughter.

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Fury 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
naj55 More than 1 year ago
Oh, my! If you are not in tears by the time you have finished Karen Zailckas' new memoir, Fury, you did not emerge from a family that had you convinced you were crazy when every fiber in your being said you were the sane one. I pre-ordered this book based on the title, the cover and the synopsis. But none of those had me prepared for what I got. This book reads like a mystery. I couldn't put it down. Why? Because Zailckas had somehow found out about my life and was telling my story. Page after page I wondered when Ms Zailckas would give up trying to connect to her family. When would she give up on love. Her story is inspiring. If you wonder why you are angry and why a meaningful relationship eludes you, please read this book. You just may find an answer.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
Fury is not intended to be a book on addiction recovery but I have read few books that offer a more vivid picture of the recovery process. Those who are learning to live without addiction speak of being “clean and sober.”  For those who do not have to work daily to keep from returning to an active addiction, such language is foreign, if one is “clean” one is also “sober.”  The reality is one is “clean” when they are not using the substance to which they are addicted, one is “sober” when they are doing “what it takes” to stay clean.  In Ms. Zailckas’ first memoir, she recounts her life of binge drinking and “getting clean,” in this continuation (but one need not read the first to appreciate the second) of that account the author gives a glimpse into what it takes to be “sober.”   Koren Zailckas meets a man through friends and began a relationship online, not meeting in person for months.  Within a year of that meeting she had relocated to Brighton, UK, to live with this person.  By the end of the first month there, after a heated argument, she was back to the U.S., living with her parents, irate at the young man, whom she nick named “The Lark.”  Because of her anger, she decided to write her next book about anger; she had no idea that research would turn into a memoir.   The early part of the book is a bit tedious – the pace is slow and the writing sterile.  It is not until she begins the process of looking at how she “played into” the events that lead to such a devastating fight that the writing begins to live, much like the author begins to “live.”  She decides to enter psychotherapy and find out, first hand, about anger.  Initially, she approaches therapy “as if it were a night class,” reading about anger, theories of approaches to resolving anger, family therapists who help people deal with anger and its consequences.  As Alice, her very talented therapist, pushes her to look beyond the surface, the author begins to “recover” in ways that are, by turns (and all at once), amazing, painful, redeeming, shattering and clarifying.  The year she spends in this process is an example of what can happen when an individual chooses to do the difficult work of making the needed changes when they realize their lives are “dysfunctional.” The moment she “gives” The Lark is name back is a powerful revelation of a person “getting it” and is a significant turning point in the author’s life.  In a book with the title “Fury,” one can expect harsh language and violence.  The former is present, but not to the extent one could expect and the latter is present only in the form of emotional violence, of which there is plenty.  Ms. Zailckas reports to be a Buddhist but there is a point in the story where she allows herself to believe there is a personal God, that turns out to be a painful moment.  At the end of the book, the author is still furious, but that anger is no longer seen as an intruder, it has become a sometime guest who must be acknowledged. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is: learning to deal with intense emotion(s), addressing how they were parented, early in addiction recovery and/or interested to see how self-examination can lead to meaningful, healthy change.  
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