Franzen deserves all his accolades as a writer. In this collection of non-fiction, he ranges from accounts of maximum security prisons to appalling breakdowns in the Chicago Post Office (think piles of undelivered mail dumped in back alleys), to an intimate account of his fathers Alzheimers.
For those who love non-fiction, pick up this book. It will delight you, amaze you, and anger you. You will find something here that you will burn to discuss with someone. Ant THAT is a book worth reading.